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Obtaining the Highest Quality Essential Oils & Hydrosols

ChamomileThe Essential Oil Maker’s Handbook ─ Newly available in English from Spikehorn Press

by Bettina Malle and Helge Schmickl; translated by Paul Lehmann

Essential oils are more in demand now than ever. Unfortunately, modern production methods and unscrupulous labeling practices make it extremely difficult for consumers to know whether an oil is genuine or artificial, and increasingly the only way to be certain that your essential oils are free from chemical additives is to make them yourself. Essential oil therapy providers should consider the source and quality of the materials they utilize in their practices.
Producing your own essential oils and hydrosols in small quantities is easier than you might think, especially with the guidance of Austrian master distillers Helge Schmickl and Bettina Malle. Translated from its original German (Ätherische Öle Selbst Herstellen), The Essential Oil Maker’s Handbook has been revised and updated to include information on hydrosols, the aromatic water once considered a mere by-product but now recognized as a valuable substance in itself. Learn how to make your own shower gels and creams using essential oils that you created yourself out of materials from your garden and pantry, without chemical additives.

The Essential Oil Makers HandbookThe authors provide guidance, based on data from their own experiences, on the harvesting, processing, and use of 130 indigenous and exotic plants as well as the necessary equipment for oil extraction. This guide covers in detail:

  • Effective procedures
  • Necessary equipment
  • Suitable plants
  • Practical uses for your oils
  • Tips and tricks

Including about 40 base recipes for personal care products—from bathing additives to facial and body care to perfume—this book provides a solid foundation for both
beginners and professionals. This detailed and authoritative reference is indispensable in appreciating the production and wide range of applications of essential oils.

Lavender, bunched ready for drying.ISBN 978-1-943015-00-9. Hardcover, 160 pages, $29.95.

The Authors

Bettina Malle and Helge Schmickl graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1991 with a masters of science in chemical engineering and received doctorates in technical sciences in 1993. They have published books and conduct workshops on the production of vinegar, distilled spirits, and essential oils, emphasizing the use of fruits and herbs right from the garden. Bettina and Helge have been married since 2002. That same year they moved to Klagenfurt, Carinthia (Austria), where they host their seminars and conduct research and developments in fermenting and distilling. They have two children.