Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Palo Santo Sticks (Holy Wood- Bursera graveolens) for burning... on Twitpic

Palo Santo Sticks (Holy Wood- Bursera graveolens) for burning... on Twitpic

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cananga flower distillation

Cananga flowers are hydrodistilled for 60 hours.  Clove Wood is used to heat the direct fire still.  The aroma is similar to that of Ylang, but is always distilled as a whole oil unlike Ylang which is fractioned during distillation.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hands on Distillation Workshop July 30

Hands on Distillation Workshop

When: July 30 - 9am to 5pm
Where: The Sellwood Boutique Essential Oil Distillery - Portland Oregon

Participants will learn the history of distillation, and the usage of various types of equipment used to distill essential oils and hydrosols

During the course of the day, we will learn and experience the use of:

100 gallon stainless steel steam distiller
  35 gallon stainless steel water/steam distiller
  40 liter rotating column copper Alembic distiller
 15 gallon copper water/steam distiller
  5 liter hydrodistiller
We will have a continental breakfast with coffee/tea/juice, donuts and bagels during and after the morning lecture.  We will then commence distillation.  
We will also have a "working pizza lunch".

We always have fun, with participants from all over the USA and some international guests as well!

The cost is $150

Spend the day with The Guerilla Distiller - Robert Seidel, Master Distiller since 1977.   

Robert is experienced in distilling a variety of plant material including Lavender, Lavindin, several varieties of Sage - including Sacred White Sage,  Oregano, Thyme, Helichrysum, and a wide variety of coniferous needles and woods and much more.

If you wish to join us, please call 800.729.5912 or email Samantha for information and registration.

Distillation Season is Here
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Distillation postings on Facebook

Currently, I am working with the Oregon Woodland Cooperative, performing test distillation for them.
I have posted some distillation tidbits on our Facebook page, along with some photos.
To date, I have distilled:
Douglas Fir
Noble Fir
Grand Fir
Incense Cedar
Ponderosa Pine
We also plan to distill many other things found growing in the understory of the Northwestern Forests.
Salal, ceanothus, various mosses and lichen, and whatever else is brought to me.  This is a very interesting project, a cooperative venture among small woodlot owners, large lot owners, Christmas tree farmers and more.  The goal is to produce value added products.  Already, the Coop has managed to sell bundled fire wood locally through high end grocery stores.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Certified Organic Processor of Essential Oils

Portland, Oregon—January 21, 2011—The Essential Oil Company is now approved as a Certified Organic Processor of Essential Oils by Oregon Tilth

“I am very proud to be approved by Oregon Tilth as an Organic Processor,” says The Essential Oil Company President Robert Seidel, “because this enables us to distill quality pure essential oils to meet the demand of our customers.  Robert is internationally known as “The Guerilla Distiller”, promoting small scale distillation around the world.  The Essential Oil Company owns a “Boutique Distillery” Located in Portland, Oregon, distilling organically grown and wild crafted raw materials for hydrosols and essential oils.  Premier certified organic essential oils include Oregano (Origanum vulgare) and Sacred White Sage (Salvia apiana), which is traditionally used by Native Americans in the US Southwest during purification rituals.
The Essential Oil Company has been a Certified Organic Handler, approved by Oregon Tilth and NOP (National Organic Program) since 2008. Meeting National Standards on Organic Agricultural Production and Handling.

According to Oregon Tilth:
“Oregon Tilth's purpose is to educate gardeners, farmers, legislators, and the general public about the need to develop and use sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean and healthful food supply for humanity.

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity. OTCO provides a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.”

About The Essential Oil Company
Since 1977 The Essential Oil Company has been importing and distributing quality pure essential oils and allied products, including distillation equipment. For more information about The Essential Oil Company, visit, call (800) 729-5912, or stop by and visit our Sample Bar located at 8225 SE 7th Ave., Portland OR 97202.