Hi Terry, my name is Steve I can recommend The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl (Phoenix Pub, 1984); it covers herb properties (remedial, aromatic,Message 1 of 4 , Oct 29, 2005View SourceHi Terry, my name is Steve
I can recommend "The Master Book of Herbalism" by Paul Beyerl
(Phoenix Pub, 1984); it covers herb properties (remedial, aromatic,
culinary) lore, preparation methods and history of magickal usage.
Beyerl's book is by no means all-encompassing; nor should it be -
even a novice herbalist should attempt to build his or her "herbal"
"A Modern Herbal" by Mrs. Maude Grieve (Dover, 1971) is a more
comprehensive (over 800 species) and is appropriate for a serious
Please feel free to email me, or respond on PFAF, as I am an herb
enthusiast (as I'm sure many others here are).
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> I'm afraid I'm not a gardener but fascinated with the idea of
> my own essential oils,albeit in a small way using volatilefragrant
> plants or herbs.would
> I know and understand the process but have no idea what plants
> be suitable or easier to utilize.For example:Are there dried herbsand
> flowers that could be used?
> Does anyone know of any reading material that would be helpful?
> Best regards,
Hi Terry There seem be 2 main problems in home production of essential oils - one is the quantity of plant material needed for producing a realistic amount.Message 1 of 4 , Oct 30, 2005View SourceHi TerryThere seem be 2 main problems in home production of essential oils - one is the quantity of plant material needed for producing a realistic amount. This is because most oils from steam distillation are produced in very small amounts - maybe 2 or 3% at most - even less for true essential oil of lavender where half a percent is likely. The other problem is the need for suitable equipment which includes a sealed pot in which to pass steam through the plant material and a condenser to cool down the steam - great if you have easy access to laboratory supplies, otherwise there are quite expensive copper or stainless steel stills on sale outside the UK (see www.homedistiller.org and related sites for sources). I have used a pressure cooker full of fresh lavender tops with several pints of water, fitted with a plastic tube that cooled in a sink of cold water - this produced a few drops of lavender essential oil and about a pint of rather nice aromatic lavender water. However the process nearly melted the plastic tubing and would not be very practical or safe to repeat!Perhaps worth looking at infused oils too as these are much easier to make. For example there are recipes for infused rose oil and also rosemary oil in:Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw, Herbal Remedies: A Practical Beginners Guide to Making Effective Remedies in the Kitchen, 1997, Parragon BooksBest wishesAnneAnne Stobart, MNIMH
Consultant Medical Herbalist----- Original Message -----From: terryoshea35Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:59 PMSubject: [pfaf] Plants for distillation/AromatherapyI'm afraid I'm not a gardener but fascinated with the idea of making
my own essential oils,albeit in a small way using volatile fragrant
plants or herbs.
I know and understand the process but have no idea what plants would
be suitable or easier to utilize.For example:Are there dried herbs and
flowers that could be used?
Does anyone know of any reading material that would be helpful?