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    Essential Oil (Solvent Extraction)

    Hi, we use solvents because we want to dissolve the oil and other aromatic compounds. I say "food grade" because someone had concerns with it being edible. Some solvents have consumption deterrents that induce nausea and a bitter taste; hence, getting food grade solvent would avoid that contamination and negative effects.So a solvent is a liquid that dissolves a solute. In this case the solvent could be ethanol, methanol, hexane, acetone,isopropanol, mentholated spirits etc. and the solute would be the oils and aromatic substances. You can get near pure acetone, and methanol at your local hardware or pharmacy. Ethanol can be obtained through vodka or a chem store. ethanol in high concentrations are generally harder to source. NOTE: if you're planning on using the oil medically...

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    Hi, we use solvents because we want to dissolve the oil and other aromatic compounds. I say "food grade" because someone had concerns with it being edible. Some solvents have consumption deterrents that induce nausea and a bitter taste; hence, getting food grade solvent would avoid that contamination and negative effects.So a solvent is a liquid that dissolves a solute. In this case the solvent could be ethanol, methanol, hexane, acetone,isopropanol, mentholated spirits etc. and the solute would be the oils and aromatic substances. You can get near pure acetone, and methanol at your local hardware or pharmacy. Ethanol can be obtained through vodka or a chem store. ethanol in high concentrations are generally harder to source. NOTE: if you're planning on using the oil medically, you should know that medical thymol has just thymol as its main ingredient. The extract we made in this instructable has other compounds such as chlorophyll, waxes, etc.which came from the leaf.To get your near pure thymol i would recommend steam extraction and not solvent extraction.Thank you for your comment and let me know if there is anything that i can help with or should change in the instructable.

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  • ziont2 commented on ziont2's instructable Essential Oil (Solvent Extraction)9 months ago
    Essential Oil (Solvent Extraction)

    In most aromatic substances, such as spices and so on, the usual cause of its scent is the presence of an oil and other aromatic substances,like an essential oil. We use solvents to extract the oils from the plant while dissolving it. I used thyme just as an example. I don't necessarily recommend drinking but if its unavoidable, try using ethanol (the alcohol present in beverages) as your solvent and use a low heat and a fan to get off as much residual ethanol as possible. Thanks for the comment, let me know if i can explain it a little better.

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