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Old 05-07-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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Extracting Peppermint Oil

Summer's coming again and i have several peppermint plants that grow to epic proportions every time the heat goes up. Does anyone know of a way to extract the oil from the leaves? I'm rather picky about my ingredients, and whenever possible, i like to make them myself.

Btw, i'm a college-bound high school student; meaning i'm poor. Or rather <coughcough> cheap... In other words, i dont have access to any fun equipment not found in your typical kitchen. hehe...

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Old 05-07-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC!

Check out the link below. Scroll down about half way to get to the info you're looking for.


FYI, I did a google search on "processing peppermint plants for oil." and there are other links for more info.

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Old 05-07-2006, 02:53 PM   #3
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This is just a complete guess, but I would say Put a whole bunch of leaves in a blender with a good amount of water. Blend until liquified. Pour into a tall narrow container and let sit overnight, covered. The oil should rise to the top since oil and water do not mix. Then it should just be a matter of pulling the oil off and into another airtight container.

I do not really know if this will work, but that is how I would try.
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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GB is right, we did same with eucalypt leaves. These leaves are hardy and oil became soluble and extracted better on heating up.
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Old 05-08-2006, 06:29 PM   #5
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the methods on the site with the processing plants are a bit too complicated for my taste- too much to do with distillation and then condensing. Imma go with the blender idea.

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