Essential oil stills

The copper column stills and copper Alquitara stills above are ideal for making essential oils and hydrosols. The column/grids are equipped with a for distilling herbs, plants and flowers for making essential oils. These stills are ideal for making beautifully scented lavender oil. In addition, these alembics can also be used for distilling beverages.

What are the differences between the copper column stills and the Alquitara stills?

The Alquitara still is of a more compact design than the column still as its condenser is placed on top of the head. As for the quality and process of distillation, there is no difference.

How much essential oil is left after distillation?

This is a difficult question to answer. It depends on a large number of factors, including the type of plant material, the pruning phase of the plant material, the moisture of the plant material and the distillation process. From lavender branches, you are left with roughly 4 to 7 percent of the weight of plant material as lavender oil. But this can also differ per lavender species within the lavender family. To get an idea of ​​different yields of essential oils, we refer to our blog: Making essential oil by steam distillation.