esential-oils-msg - 2/1/12

 

Using, making and buying essential oils.

 

NOTE: See also the files: herb-uses-msg, merch-spices-msg, mint-msg, rose-oil-msg, Scentd-Oils-W-art, olive-oil-msg, herbs-msg, flower-waters-msg.

 

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Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 06:39:30 -0700

From: "Edgar, Terry" <EdgarT at JM.com>

To: "'sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu'" <sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu>

Subject: essential oils

 

I have recently discovered how to extract essential oils from plant

materials.  My technique however is modern rather than period.  I have found

that you can make an "extract"  using an espresso machine.  I did this with

geraniums (which were the end of the season and I was experimenting)  The

technique is simple and the results amazed me.  pack the little chamber

where you normally put the coffee beans.  run the machine like you were

making espresso. the results will be a tinted "tea".   Place the tea in the

microwave to evaporate off the water.  What is left in the bottom is an

extract which contains the oil.  Mix a small amount of grain alcohol (1tbs)

into the tiny amount of extract and pour into a jar.  allow this to settle

and the (very tiny) amount of oil will float on top.  With an eye dropper

you can remove the oil and store in a separate container.  Repeat this

process as it takes a lot of flowers to produce a tiny bit of oil.  The

effort is worth it. Geranium smells like avon perfume!  I was astounded.  I

just wanted to share this discovery in case anyone is interested.  

 

I am going to try spearmint next.

 

Rivka

 

 

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 05:31:39 -0700

From: "Edgar, Terry" <EdgarT at JM.com>

To: "'sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu'" <sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu>

Subject: RE: essential oils

 

<<< This is cool!  Has anyone tried roses with this

technique?  You ARE referring to one of those cheap in

home cappichino/espresso machines?  Bet you won't want

to use it for coffee again though, HUH?

 

Caitriona of White Moor >>>

 

I have a Mr. Coffee espresso machine.  I can't see any reason why you

couldn't make coffee in it, providing that you clean the little filter part

well first.

 

I have update: The geranium oil turned out well, however I tried

spearmint, and it didn't work.  I used fresh which may have been the

problem.  I know some plants need to have the oil extracted with

alcohol(which I am not set up to do.)  I really would like to try roses, but

will have to wait until spring.  Where I live, there are wild roses all over

the place, so I will try that in the spring.

 

Rivka

 

 

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 07:55:39 -0500

From: Ron Charlotte <ronch2 at bellsouth.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: RE: essential oils

 

At 05:31 AM 11/15/00 -0700, Rivka wrote:

>I have a Mr. Coffee espresso machine.  I can't see any reason why you

>couldn't make coffee in it, providing that you clean the little filter part

>well first.

 

I know that on mine, the filter basket and holder are stainless steel, so

should clean well enough, I was just planning on killing off some counter

clutter, myself.

 

>I have update:   The geranium oil turned out well, however I tried

>spearmint, and it didn't work.  I used fresh which may have been the

>problem.  I know some plants need to have the oil extracted with

>alcohol(which I am not set up to do.)  I really would like to try roses, but

>will have to wait until spring.  Where I live, there are wild roses all over

>the place, so I will try that in the spring.

 

Ok, that makes sense.  I know that with the patchouli, the material must be

dried before you can do any oil extraction with it, and the mints seem to

be of a similar consistancy.

 

        Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL

        afn03234 at afn.org OR ronch2 at bellsouth.net

 

 

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 07:53:46 -0600

From: Cherie Nolan <marguerite at ih2000.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: essential oils

 

I have done this before. I used to make a lot of essential oils the long and hard way. One day I was frustrated when the lavender that I had been making for a very long time spilled over and I lost almost all of it. I had made a lot of tea's with my espresso but never oils. After that happen, in frustration I decided to try. It worked with my fresh lavender. The only thing is not to make the things into it small keep them large. You can slog up the small holes at the bottom of the filter and it will blow off the machine from the great amount of pressure so be careful. It shocked me when it happened and the water is very hot can cause a bad burn. Some herbs turns slimy so watch for those that can clog the holes as well. Roses works as well as rose hips. But some roses gets a little to soggy. Mints work really well plus the tea is really strong and

tasty.  

 

Marguerite des Fleur

Kingdom of Ansteorra's Tent Guild  tentguild at ansteorra.org

Lady Marguerite des Fleur,

marguerite at ih2000.net

Beaumont, Tx.

 

 

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 08:32:48 -0600

From: Cherie Nolan <marguerite at ih2000.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: essential oils

 

With the mints it is important to make sure they have a lot of water for a couple of days before and also make sure that you use the stems as well as the leaves.

 

Marguerite

 

 

Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 11:16:13 PST

From: "Shashana of the House of Lamb" <shashana_lamb at hotmail.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: essential oils

 

If the parts to your machine ie: the basket and filter, are stainless steel,

you can clean them with either baking soda or citric acid and they will be

fine for coffee.  Be sure to rinse well first.

Use the citric acid very sparingly though, a little goes a long way.

Both of these work well.

 

A former Starbucks employee who likes to use her espresso machine for

"wierd" things.

 

Chiara

 

 

To: gleannabhann at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: herbal question

 

I would try contacting Auntie Arwen - if she dosen't have it on her

website, she might have it in stock.

 

http://www.auntiearwenspices.com/store/

 

(just a happy customer)

Katheryne

 

 

To: gleannabhann at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: herbal question

Posted by: "Hannah Hennen" kitsunetamamiko at gmail.com

Date: Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:55 am ((PST))

 

Apothecary Fairy is another good source.

 

 

To: gleannabhann at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: herbal question

Posted by: "Jeffrey Reppel" jeffreynreppel at yahoo.com

Date: Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:37 pm ((PST))

 

I'm not sure about essential oils but this merchant has some excellent natural flavors. I've used their blueberry with good results.

Jeffrey

http://www.silvercloudestates.com/index.aspx

 

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