Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chapter VIII by Deborah Dolen Methods of Distillation



AROMATHERAPY - Chapter VIII Methods of Distillation

Excerpt How to Make Perfume and Aromatherapy Basics Copyright © Deborah Dolen 2011 This e-book is available in full version on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. By Deborah Dolen Mabel White


Standards and definitions regarding essential oils are defined best by NAHA. NAHA, pretty much the governing organization in Aromatherapy and defines an essential oil as the following:

"The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) defines an essential oil as follows: "An essential oil is a product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase."

When making my own macerations, I will usually order in a professional grade essential oil from that same herb and compliment my blend with a little of the real stuff. Lavender would be a great example. Many lavender festivals grow their own, but often order out any lavender notes they cannot achieve or just for more supplies than they can grow.

Excerpt How to Make Perfume and Aromatherapy Basics Copyright © Deborah Dolen 2011 This e-book is available in full version on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. By Deborah Dolen Mabel White




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23 comments:

  1. Interesting, I never heard of distillation with onions or garlic. I understand the citrus separation. Maybe that explains why some perfumes are much stronger than others?

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  2. The lavender scent is one of my favorite scents and it is so relaxing. If you can make this at home, that is great. What is the essential oil that you order for lavender?

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  3. It seems like the good essential oils are expensive. I want to make my own fragrances and was looking for a good place to start. Your blog seems like that starting point that I need, but I need a step by step guideline.

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  4. Great article. I also created lavender from the essential oils of violets and gardenias!

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  5. There is nothing better than saving the money to make your own fragrances. I live by the IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances) plant in Union New Jersey and it always stinks there, nothing like the essential oils that come in a bottle.

    Thanks for this information!

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  6. Never knew you can make your own perfume. I just stumbled onto this blog. Great information. I wanted to do something creative with smells. LOL

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  7. Doesn't sound like a great friend.

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  8. I never heard of aroma therapy until I found your blog, but I was looking for information on creating candles and this came up in Google. Very cool stuff here!

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  9. Deborah, what does NAHA stand for again?

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  10. I am also a great aromatherapy person and you have inspired me to write some blog posts on aromatherapy and essential oil development. Thanks, Deborah.

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  11. Lindacocoa, I think NAHA stands for National Association of Hereto Aromatherapy

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  12. I found this post from the guy on Twitter. You should check out the other blog posts on Aromatherapy and both logs should link to each other.

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  13. I also do aromatherapy and unfortunately am not good at blogging, so I wish I could share my insights in a blog like you do, but I agree with some of the stuff you said.

    I want to add to it that I also use orange and lime peels in my essential oils and the fragrances come out great. I am not sure if you tried it.

    I was also told that potatoes in the essential oils helps the fragrance last longer since the potato acts a glue to hold the oil together.

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  14. I have been doing aromatherapy for 21 years and some of the best ways are also rolling herbs in wax paper with a little olive oil and letting it drip for several days. I have made some interesting fragrances that way.

    @aromaexperts - What are some of your expertises?

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  15. olfiytxfr, aromaexperts, I have done most of what Deborah has said here in this blog. I am also writing a blog post on my methods and will post the link here when done.

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  16. Do you have a blog or video with a step by step process on how to do this? Would be very appreciated.

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  17. On our website, we have profiles of DOZENS of plants that are used to produce essential oils. On these pages, you will learn the properties and preparations for the most popular essential oils.

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  18. @aromaexperts What are some of those profiles?

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  19. I am still testing a way to respond. Funny if it lets me sign in from another platform. I cannot respond on blogger to my own blog.

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  20. That figures. I will be back later to respond. Thanks!

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  21. I had to sign in via LiveJournal. Does Google own that too? :)

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