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.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

A Large metal bowl
a small metal bowl
a three part steamer pot
(commonly used for seafood)
a glass container
plant material
<p>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</p>
<p>What I've heard is that certain plant matter needs to be harvested at particular times in order to maximize the amount of oil output, so look up when the appropriate time to extract oil of your particular plant would be. hope this helps.</p>
<p style="margin-left: 20.0px;">This is the best and simplest steam distiller here.</p>
How much Hydrosol is yielded?
The hydrosol can be use as an air freshener too... Smells wonderful or for laundry...
<p>thanks for this instructable,going to try it with my rosehip harvest after first frost</p>
Thanks for sharing this nice small home made essential oil extractor <br>What's the easiest way to know that bottom pot in now at 99% level <br> <br>
thanks! I always want to have one oil distiller, but they are so expensive! I will make one for shure!
Very much appreciated this. Question: What is the hydro sol good for after the fact? <br>
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. <br> I don't see much use for the pine hydro sol, but for food, or bath stuff like soap and bath salts. <br> It mainly flavored water you could just consume that. If you try concentrating it see what happens. <br> For more about extracting oil form plants check out my other for a lager essesial oil extractor.

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