Patchouli Cultivation: How To Grow A Patchouli Herb Plant
How To Make Patchouli Oil From Plants?
The following are some of the most common questions about making patchouli oil from plants. You may ask any question you want. If there is something you don’t understand or if you have a new idea, please do not hesitate to write us at [email protected] . We will reply as soon as possible!
Q: What kind of solvent should I use to make my own patchouli oil?
A: You can use any type of alcohol (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) but it must be distilled. Distilled alcohol is very pure and strong enough to extract all the essential oils from the plants. However, it takes longer than using water alone because you need time to evaporate the water first before you can start extracting the essential oils with your alcohol. Also, you cannot just use any old alcohol. You need to buy a high quality one like “Dry Ice” which is made from super cold liquid nitrogen.
Q: Can I make my own patchouli oil with other types of flowers?
A: No, you can’t. There are certain rules that apply when making patchouli oil from different kinds of plants. For example, you cannot make a sage oil with lavender or a rose oil with a daisy. It just doesn’t work that way. I guess it’s all about the genes and DNA or something like that… If you want to learn more about this, you can take biology classes at your local community college.
Q: Which flowers should I use to make different essential oils?
A: This is a list of flowers you can use to make different essential oils:
Rose: Rose. All types of roses (except the kind for lawns).
Lavender: English lavender or “true” lavender.
Jasmine: Any type of jasmine, but “white” jasmine gives the best quality oil.
Lilac: Any type of lilac.
Daisy: Any type of daisy.
Carnation: Any type of red carnation or “garden” carnation. The other types of carnations do not produce oil as good as the red ones. Carnations are often confused with “asters”, another type of flower, but they are completely different plants. The stems of the carnation plant are red and the aster stems are purple.
Rosemary: Any type of rosemary, but “Hoary” rosemary gives the best quality oil.
Sage: White sage or “betony” sage. Sage is not a flower, but it produces an excellent oil (better than flowers).
Q: How do I extract oils from the flowers?
A: This is a list of solvents you can use to extract different essential oils from different types of flowers:
Rose: You can use rose oil or “cathedral” oil. Both are excellent, but cathedral is better. “Meadow” oil and “Egyptian” oil are poor quality and give a foul odor when mixed with alcohol.
Lavender: You can use “Mt. Atlas” oil, “True” oil or “Spike” oil. All of them are excellent and comparable in quality, but spike oil is the cheapest. “Higher” or “Royal” oils are too expensive and not worth the money.
Jasmine: You must use jasmine oil, not jasmine flowers.
Lilac: You must use lilac oil, not lilac flowers.
Daisy: You must use daisy oil, not daisy flowers.
Carnation: Carnation flowers produce a very special kind of oil. Carnation oil is the only “floraly” oil that can be used to make perfume. All other floraly oils should be made into something else like soaps or creams.
Rosemary: You must use rosemary oil, not rosemary flowers.
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