To give a better understanding of how much plant material is need to make essential oil, here are some photos from an advanced clinical aromatherapy training with Shanti Dechan of Aroma Apothecary in Crestone, Colorado where I was very fortunate to have a lot of hands on experience with essential oils! I created therapeutic aromatic blends, made hydrosols, created natural body products and even steam distilled essential oils.
Look at the amount of plant material that is literally packed inside this still.
This is Roman chamomile which we picked from Shant’s garden filled an entire extra-large plastic garbage bag. We managed to get all that into the glass vessel.
Now look at this photo. See the amount of essential oil that was rendered! Just about a 2 teaspoons.
Hopefully that gives you and idea of how concentrated essential oils are.
This is Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), indigo blue in color, has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children.
Soothing to all types of skin, it is used extensively in Europe in skin preparations. Roman chamomile is also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise.
Feel free to contact me for more on how to incorporate using essential oils in your yoga practice and in your everyday life!