Extracting essential oils and concentrates from botanicals can be expensive, time-consuming, complicated, and confusing. With the Source, you no longer have to find essential oils online or locally, you can make your own from herbs grown in your backyard. You can easily extract essential oils in the convenience of your own kitchen, in a matter of hours. We have included a few of our favorite recipes and hope you'll submit yours as well.
Use these resources to learn more about alcohol extraction:
Botanical Essential Oil
- 1 ½ cups botanicals (such as mint), preferably dried, whole plant or leaves only
- 1 cup food-grade grain alcohol 190 proof
Freeze alcohol overnight, and plant material for 5+ hours.
Mix mint and alcohol and crush/agitate for 2-5 minutes. Strain alcohol away from plant through a coffee filter or strainer into the reservoir. Place reservoir in Source. Seal vacuum, turn on Source. Stop the Source when the final volume reaches about 1/10th of the original volume in the reservoir. Then let the mint sit in the reservoir until it is reduced further.
Yield: approx 1-2 Tbs pure concentrate. Source time: approximately 2 hours.
Home Brew Flavorings
- 1 ½ cups Fine oak chips or other flavoring
- 1 ½ cup food-grade grain alcohol, such as Everclear 190 proof
Soak time: overnight (4-10 hours)
Use a large jar rather than a blender for preparation. Allow to stand overnight at room temperature. Shake or mix vigorously before filtering. Stop the Source when the final volume reaches about 1/10th of the original volume in the reservoir. Remove the reservoir when cool and allow it to air out for 2-4 hours before storage.
Yield: approx 1-2 teaspoons of concentrate oil, but retaining some alcohol in the concentrate is acceptable. Source Time: 2-4 hours.
Whipped Body Butter
- 1 cup shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup almond oil
- ¼ cup jojoba oil
- 3-4 drops of favorite essential oil
Place shea butter in a mixing bowl and break up with a fork.
Add oils to butter and mix in with a hand mixer on low speed. Gradually increase speed until desired consistency (about 5 minutes). Slowly mix in essential oils until completely spread throughout lotion and mix again on a higher speed until desired consistency.
Store in an amber glass or PETA plastic jar.
Rose Linen Spray
- 15 drops rose essential oil
- 2 cups distilled water
- 2 Tbs vodka or isopropyl alcohol
Combine all ingredients in a sprayer and use for room freshening.
- .25 oz jojoba oil
- .25 oz sweet almond oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops orange essential oil
Mix ingredients in small amber dropper bottle, and use as needed to condition & soften beard. Note: any mix of essential oils and carrier oils can be substituted.
- 1 drop lavender oil
- 1 pitcher of store-bought or homemade lemonade
Mix ingredients and garnish with a lemon wedge and sprig of lavender.
Suggested Soak Times
The following are some general times for soaking your tinctures that will help you get great results:
Smokable Legal Herb
Dried Citrus Peel
Recipes should follow the format on this page for inclusion. We will attribute each recipe to your first name only.