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Distilling Essential Oil

Foundation course

This course is perfect for those who want to make essential oils for themselves, their practice, or small-business. It is designed to suit both beginners and those already familiar with other distillation techniques.

Video course: 1hr of pre-recorded, on demand video (in 11 modules).

Printable course materials: Downloadable PDFs of our detailed course notes, as well as recipes, tables, formulations and further resources.

Lifetime access: You’ll have access to your courses to watch and review whenever you want.

Support and membership: When you buy this course, you gain automatic membership to The Alembics Lab course forums. This is an interactive space for questions, further learning and scheduled live events.

Just a device and internet connection, as our courses are totally online. You don’t need a still in order to learn with us, but chances are after taking these courses, you’ll want one!

Each course comes with printable course materials, which will have a list of equipment and supplies used in the distillation, so you can outfit yourself beforehand should you want to distil along with us. As a guide, our basic set-up will include:

  • A still
  • Heat source (such as an electric hotplate or gas burner)
  • Submersible in-line pump and water reservoir (bucket, container or sink)
  • Accessories and tools (plastic tubing, scissors, electrical tape, beakers or jars)

This course is perfect for those who want to make essential oils for themselves, their practice, or small-business. It is designed to suit both beginners and those already familiar with other distillation techniques.

Video course: 1hr of pre-recorded, on demand video (in 11 modules).

Printable course materials: Downloadable PDFs of our detailed course notes, as well as recipes, tables, formulations and further resources.

Lifetime access: You’ll have access to your courses to watch and review whenever you want.

Support and membership: When you buy this course, you gain automatic membership to The Alembics Lab student forums. This is an interactive space for questions, further learning and scheduled live events.

Just a device and internet connection, as our courses are totally online. You don’t need a still in order to learn with us, but chances are after taking these courses, you’ll want one!

Each course comes with printable course materials, which will have a list of equipment and supplies used in the distillation, so you can outfit yourself beforehand should you want to distil along with us. As a guide, our basic set-up will include:

  • A still
  • Heat source (such as an electric hotplate or gas burner)
  • Submersible in-line pump and water reservoir (bucket, container or sink)
  • Accessories and tools (plastic tubing, scissors, electrical tape, beakers or jars)

Course Overview

Our foundation course will introduce you to the technique of steam-distillation, and show you how to produce top-quality, natural essential oils for yourself, your practice or small business. We will guide you through the process, from selecting and preparing plant material, to packing and assembling the still through to collecting and bottling your oils. After the course, you will be equipped with a more precise knowledge of what you want to achieve at home, and clear instructions to follow. You will also gain an appreciation of how much plant material is necessary to create essential oils, and be encouraged to develop a sustainable relationship with the plants you are using.

What you’ll learn

  • The two techniques of steam and combo distillation.
  • Set up, packing your still, collecting your distillate and when to stop.
  • What is an essential oil, and what are VOCs?
  • About the plants, their properties and uses.
  • A comparison of the properties and uses of hydrosols and essential oils.

$106.79USD

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‘I was given a beautiful 10L copper still by my husband several years ago. I was delighted, but slightly intimidated by its seeming mystery, until I took one of Jill’s courses. She brought  the whole distillation process to life, and demystified it for me. Since then I have distilled all kinds of plants from my garden, and it’s incredibly rewarding. I am very grateful to Jill for bringing the wonder of distillation into my life.’
– Anna Devcich, Gisborne NZ

Meet your Instructor

Jill Mulvaney

Jill Mulvaney is one of New Zealand’s leading distillation experts. She consults and teaches on all aspects of plant extraction for natural aroma and flavour. She teaches distillation workshops throughout NZ and internationally, enjoying teaching partnerships with internationally renowned phytochemists and aromatic distillers in Europe and America. Jill’s practice is informed by decades of experience with plants, and a deep respect for the natural world.

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Getting Started

To get you started we offer two free introductory courses. We’ll explain what you need, how to prepare your equipment and ingredients, as well as cleaning your still after use.

INTRODUCTION COURSES

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