Picture of Stove top Essential Oil Extractor

 OK I made another instructable about how to build a large essential oil extractor, this is a smaller version of that you can do on your stove.
BUT let it be known, this makes a incredibly small amount of oil.
This is ow it basically works, steam goes through the plant material this separates the oils and water form the plant material with the steam.
 The steam then raises then condenses on the bottom of the large metal bowl, the drips into the small metal bowl, this water is called hydro sol, floating on the top of that is the plants oil.
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Step 1: Things you will need

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A Large metal bowl
a small metal bowl
a three part steamer pot
(commonly used for seafood)
a glass container
plant material

Step 2: Step One: Big Bowl of Ice

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First fill the large bowl with water and freeze it,

Step 3: Step Two: Gather Your Plant Material

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 Take you plant material this could be anything i used pine needles, normally i would use mint or lavender but its winter so all i had was pine needles for this demo.  This is good for pretty much scented candles.
or aromatherapy.

 Now fill the bottom of the steamer pot with water

Then fill the second layer of the pot with the pine needles and stems

Step 4: Step Three: Assemble the Steam Distiller

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 Ok Now you have the bottom pot filled with water the second layer filled with your plant material (i e pine needles)
but i suggest using some thing like mint or lavender  or some kind of herb.
Then the Top layer of the pot you but in the center a  small metal bowl
(only use metal anything else may explode)
Now on top of that you put on your large metal bowl of frozen water
Laral28 days ago

This is the best and simplest steam distiller here.

holly-g3 months ago
How much Hydrosol is yielded?
teufelstritt8 months ago
The hydrosol can be use as an air freshener too... Smells wonderful or for laundry...
honeycat1559 months ago

thanks for this instructable,going to try it with my rosehip harvest after first frost

MrsMVP1 year ago

Everytime I try this, I fail! Miserably. Perhaps I'm comprehending something wrong. I have a multi-cooker, pretty much the triple boiler you have there. Anyway, the stuff at the bottom turns very dark brown, and if I freeze that, it all freezes, even though you can see a little teeny bit of oil on it. Looking at the hydrosol that collects in the top container, it looks just like water, but smells of pine. I see no oil traces, no matter how long I let it settle. What the heck am I doing wrong here? I do have some comprehension issues at times, but I am by no means stupid, so this is very frustrating. I'm using spruce needles, but they are pretty much identical to what you are using in the picture. I live in Newfoundland Canada, if that helps with anything at all LOL

Thanks for sharing this nice small home made essential oil extractor
What's the easiest way to know that bottom pot in now at 99% level

thanks! I always want to have one oil distiller, but they are so expensive! I will make one for shure!
chikai03 years ago
Very much appreciated this. Question: What is the hydro sol good for after the fact?
LoganMackey (author)  chikai03 years ago
well its just water that tastes like what ever you extracted, so i am usually making mint oil, so i make the mint oil hydro sol into mint jelly.
I don't see much use for the pine hydro sol, but for food, or bath stuff like soap and bath salts.
It mainly flavored water you could just consume that. If you try concentrating it see what happens.
For more about extracting oil form plants check out my other for a lager essesial oil extractor.