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Steam Distillation Method
Steam distillation method is the most common process to extract essential oil from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material.
Steam distillation is a type of separation process for temperature sensitive materials like natural aromatic compounds. It was a popular laboratory method for purification of organic compounds, but has become less common due to the proliferation of vacuum distillation. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs.
If water is used as one of the immiscible liquids the method is called steam distillation. It is used for purifying liquids which decompose at their normal boiling points. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures.
The method and science of proper distillation can create a pure and potent essential oil with beautiful properties that promote well-being for you and your family. Essential oils are a great benefit to help protect our bodies and homes from this onslaught of pathogens. Immune system needs support and these essential oils can give the required endorsement.