Hydroponics herbs essential oil extractions can be fun and easy to do. Essential oils extracted from plants have been used for centuries for a wide variety of purposes including cosmetics, medicines, cleaning products, industrial applications-you name it! In fact a lot of medicines are discovered in plants in their natural state. From there, they may be examined and if the purpose suits, re-tooled for synthesis so that they may be patented-.
Above: Direct Steam Distillation Kit for Extracting Essential Oils from Garden Plants at Home or on the Farm. NOTE, the purple marks on the collection tube is where the spearmint oil is
Hydroponics has allowed people to grow more productively where they may have never grown before, as is the case with the current boom in roof top growing and indoor growing in major urban centers across the globe.
There’s a pretty good chance you have some of the plants growing already-it’s easy to find 100’s of uses for the short list of herbs above for a wide variety of things from healthy and beauty to household cleaning-and of course, the culinary possibilities are simply sublime!
How much oil that is yielded is dependent on factors like plant type and of course, the quality of the plant harvest itself. Modern growing practices and crop fertilizer management along with variety selection can significantly increase the potential quantity and quality of essential oil from an acre or even a square meter of crop grown specifically for the purpose of extracting essential oils from the harvest.
Stay tuned, we have lots more to come on how you can benefit and have fun with hydroponics herbs essential oil extractions.
Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has travelled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.