Their composition differs from the essential oils distilled from the tapped tree and from the needles. Only 200 pounds of flowers to make a pound of lavender essential oil. I cooked it outdoors, and I’m working with a very small amount, about 1-2oz. How do you clean the still from resin? Cedar trees do not have this network and won’t yield any sap after injury. I have collected very very small amounts of pine resin compared to the 4lb bags of pinon resin i buy from out west. Do not ingest homemade essential oils. In the production of essential oils, I believe this is the only practical way to keep the integrity of the fresh plant, the nuances and depth, their healing potential, and the metaphorical “heartbeat” of the plant intact through the process. They are the vanguard of change and evolution. Christmas Essential Oil Blend Recipes. There is an intelligence of Nature that exists everywhere around us. Mix the spices and oils thoroughly. This is traditionally the method used by the Naval stores and producers of Pine rosin. I live in Newfoundland, Canada and have a forest of balsam fir that is deemed agricultural. I am connected. Do no harm, should be in the forefront of our minds whatever we occupy ourselves with. Michael, Hi Michael. Though more sophisticated methods areinvented daily, let’s hope, ethics and sustainability are an important part of them. We raise our children detached from Nature. Shake the jar at least once a day for a week at minimum. I don’t have the expertise you need and don’t know of any chemicals that will boost the flammability of the essential oils in Pine. Then, hang the plants up to dry in a shaded area. They are not separated by tree species. When I use my Pine Soap in the shower, it just starts the day off right! I’ve been told that balsam has the highest purity/translucence/clarity of all and is used to secure microscope slides, grind telescope lenses, etc. In the commercial processing of rosin and turpentine they do cook it directly and above 100 centigrade. You will find instructions on building and using a pot still at home. Nor do I yet have a copper still or the guts to attempt a dry distillation. Is it safe to distill them all together? The chemical and  fragrance industry is vast, and many of these factory produced essential oils, especially those distilled from coniferous trees are used as starting materials for other  chemicals and essential oils utilized in our everyday products. You will find professional artisan distillers who already work commercially with conifers as well as novices and beginners. Greetings from Germany Vitamin C. Pine needles have a very high amount of Vitamin C, among other nutrients. It’s made of copper, so it should stand the procedure. Be quiet and still, and Nature can teach you everything you need to know. What happens to the tree after I’ve “popped” all its blisters and collected the sap? Another method for filtering it is to pass it through a cloth, sheet or pillowcase with the boiling water, after you have removed the large debris and before removing the finer particles. One famous maker, on his death bed admitted to using Winsor-Newton Artists varnish off the shelf. Once they are removed, the resin portion of these oleoresins becomes hard, brittle and translucent to varying degrees. Place the pine cones in a gallon-size zip-top bag, and pour at least 10 drops of essential oil right inside. So are they talking about the sap itself, or the resin/colophony? The quality of the essential oils produced by these large industries can not compare to those you can distill in small quantities on your own. There is a system of resin ducts under the surface of the bark that responds to injury by producing different types of resin products to protect and heal intrusions. If you need to clean it further, varsol, paint thinner, turpentine or olive oil should do the trick. Spruce cones grow downward while Fir, as far as I know has upward growing cones that do not last the whole season. Store the jar out of direct sunlight in a warm room with an ambient temperature of at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The affinity is obvious. Nurture your relationships. Unfortunately the resin is not easily to removed. With a copper still you could even try a “dry distillation”. I’m pretty sure most of the volatile will evaporate for you at the boiling point of water. Add the bits of wood to the water to hydro distill, or separate the plant material from the water with a culander or sieve and just use steam? The vapours from the heated. Rosin usually refers to the resin portion of Pine, Spruce or Fir sap after the essential oils have been removed through distillation. The essential oils act as solvents. Everything leading up to the distillation is as important to the quality of our oils as the physical process of distillation. Alcohol can also work as your final solvent and might be worth trying. It takes 1000 pounds of jasmine (about 3 million flowers) to yield a pound of jasmine essential oil. The antioxidants present in pine oil may also make it effective in increasing the number of enzymes that speed up the detoxification process, and hence support the health of the liver. Here is a link for your convenience. Hi Dan I encourage you to get creative with your centerpiece! I had earlier presumed it had to be cooked much higher than that, but I don’t know, just presumed. Children can easily make an infused oil of conifer needles or sap. Dan, Bonjour Dan, I was out gathering balsam fir (Abies balsamea) tears in the forest in which I live today. Always collect and distill Pine, Spruce and Fir sap separately. With some fine tuning you should be able to get a higher yield of essential oil from your sap. David, the alcohol as a solvent before filtering is a great idea for your application. Herbs and Healing, Science and Spirit. A jar can be filled 4/5 with a mix of 1 part well crushed herbs to 3 parts oil and set in the sun or a warm place for a few days before pressing through a cloth/pillowcase, or filtering through a sieve, and then sedimenting and separating any moisture from the bottom of the jar. There is no moisture in your Fir sap, just fragrant essential oils and equally fragrant resin. Any thoughts on how this would be best accomplished? Put 15-20 drops of cinnamon essential oil in a spray bottle and add 1/4 C of water. Hi Alia. If you're using a small pestle, bruise the needles in small batches. There is no one else. Clean with warm water and soap. Experiment with different pine tree species for a variety of pine tree oil scents. I have vehicles stored in my barns and wanted to use Balsam Fir to make concentrate for soaking corn cobs in and placing in trunks and the cab of vehicles. To use, apply a nickel-sized pump of sanitizer to the palm of one hand. Promotes Eye Health Post: How to use Pine, Spruce and Fir saps for incense and perfume. Best regards from Canada Should I distill my own or purchase it If you are not a member of the artisan essential oil distillers group on Facebook I highly recommend you join. We are taking our time now talking to locals about the nature and I can’t help but craft up our essential, every day toiletries & medicines with materials we brought. Essential oils are not for ingestion. It is very easy to distill the essential oils from our local North American Pine, Spruce and Fir tree saps ourselves, but, to fully capture the exquisite qualities this type of small-scale distillation can offer us, a different approach and perspective is called for. hi Dan i have 75 thousand year old kuari gum in new zealand and would love to try and distill is in a solid state due to age but will still dissolve in meths to make varnish it is solid do you think it would work in a still to make essence.apparently the catholic church still buys it for there incense but i think they burn it. Just take some pinecones, spritz them with your Christmas tree essential oil blend, and seal in a plastic baggie for a few days to let the scent soak in. A future ambition of mine. It was a sharp door closure that my husband and I know was the intention of the divine we call God. Watch as Laura explains the process of how to use steam distillation to make essential oil. Thanks for the advice! But, after that I mixed it with some cheap hardware store linseed oil, cooked them down — Not too happy with the result. Add a tablespoon of almond, jojoba, or coconut oil to a few drops of pine essential oil. Please let me know if I can be of further help and I promise to respond much more quickly. I always learn a lot when I read your posts. Use the essential oil in lotions, creams and massage oil or in a diffuser. We have created a fabulous DIY Essential Oil Spray Recipes Guide that has 50 Essential Oil Spray Recipes to try, room sprays, air fresheners and even aromatherapy mist. Thank you Elsa. Dan. Discard pine tree essential oil after 10 to 12 months. Also I would be worried about putting the alcohol oleo resin mix directly on the heat since it is so flammable. We too are part of this living tapestry, regardless of all attempts to intellectualize our superiority, and see ourselves as separate from the rest of life on the planet. Whenever I see a hole under a patch of sap, I insert the wire to the depth of the hole, and destroy the grub therein. 4. Harvest fresh pine tree needles from the pine tree of your choice. Let me know if you have any further questions I might be of help with. Continue rubbing … I am curios to know the schematics of how I can best extract the products at a commercial scale. So I indeed only took from the surplus of the sap. Wow, Dan, your advice worked fantastically! Especially with Nature. One obvious difference is that we are working with a very specific product the tree has produced in response to an injury. Oh and moustaches. I have a couple questions for you. What type of still and does the wood/twigs need to be finely chopped in order to best extract the oil. Pour sweet almond oil into a large-mouth glass jar. I had the tears inside my cabin for 15 minutes and they started to get soft so I put them outside in the cold again (I live without electrical or propane refrigeration but with a root cellar). Number two would be storing it outside where it is still cold and will retard bacterial growth in the sap until you boil it. I am going to focus on the external sap we can collect. You most effective extraction may be with a dry distillation. The laws of nature and physics dictate you will receive as you give. Dan. Spruce and Fir needles are attached to the branch individually, a Spruce needle will roll easily between thumb and forefinger, while a Fir needle is flat and will not roll. Disclaimer- This post does in no way imply one should harvest from city or private property, or if in the Hamilton/Burlington area, stray from the marked trails on RBG property. More than this, we are innately and intimately involved in this dance, as individuals and societies. If you are using an exfoliant or scrub that is not water based and will not dissolve on contact with the sap, you should be fine. 3 Wise Men Essential Oil Blend. On the bright side, Small scale “Artisan” Distillers of essential oils, made from hand collected plant materials, by craftspeople that have personal and intimate relationships with their local flora, people who practice ethical and sustainable methods due to their philosophies and convictions, are becoming recognized in commerce. There are also materials that can be added to speed up drying, make your varnish more durable or flexible etc. Rosin, in essence, is the whole oleoresin of the Spruce, Pine or Fir tree minus its essential oils. the rosin is usually slightly heavier than the water and should settle to the bottom where you can collect it when cooled. The beginning of all endeavours starts with our intent. Pine essential oil is derived from steam distilling the needles of a pine tree, but the oil can even be distilled from the bark. I got the impression it was someone in South America that posted them…. To clean your needles, fill a container or your sink with warm, sudsy water. Also, is this the only way to collect balsam sap, blister by blister? I always carry a long wire with me when I harvest sap. I would like to use my maple tree sap in my body scrub… any suggestions on how to make it last in my Scrub’s I make from home. It is a traditional drawing salve, that draws infections, slivers, and inflammation out of the body. Cap the jar tightly and gently shake to coat the pine needles with the sweet almond oil. To notice a tree, acknowledges the existence of a relationship between you. Steve, This article gets me so excited! Thanks for visiting.. They are increasingly in demand  by  “bespoke” and small-scale perfumers, naturopaths and alternative healers around the world. What a treasure! As mentioned above there are 3 materials we can extract essential oils from in a non destructive and responsible way. Please contact me at, and we will continue this conversation. Great stuff! a fine sieve will leave you with a cleaner product but may take longer. Especially if you are not working with high temperature and high pressure steam. I want to distil the rosin from balsam/fraser fir sap I’ve collected, for use in making violin varnish. Hi Michael. Dan you do such a wonderful job of integrating the wisdom of the earth and how to relate to her in with your excellent directions on how to work with the essences you are dealing with. They are higher in resins, and in my opinion, the essential oils they yield, are richer and more complex in fragrance. I’ve been trying to figure out what one fellow uses as a thinner for “volatile balsam varnish” — turpentine doesn’t do it, can’t figure what it is. My husband and I have recently leaped to make a turn on our life path to become closer to nature in all her wealth and beauty. If you have a 400 mL unit, double the drops outlined in my recipes. If you are using salt or any other base that dissolves in water you might have to spray it on the salt, dry, spray on some more, dry, etc. Till you have a strength of fragrance that suits you. These are the seeds of stewardship. I live in Tennessee and we have fir, cedar, pine and sugar maples. Hi George. I assume yours does as well. I believe the product we got from it is hydrosol. Use fresh pine needles. The resin of pine is combustible. This is the easiest method. Also there are resins like Sandarac and Dammar that don’t have much of an essential oil content and are traditionally used for varnishes.. Just in case… My plan is tomorrow to collect some fresh resin, and try your method. Blending Essential Oil. You may be able to extract a higher return of essential oil. Mar 29, 2014 - It may seem like a daunting task, but extracting pine tree essential oil is actually a pretty simple process. Olive oil can be used as a base, though with plant material that has a delicate scent, there are oils that have less of a competing aroma and can let the scent of the plant material shine on its own. Our Northern American evergreens have been suffering from an infestation of Borers that have decimated huge tracts of our forests. Regarding funding opportunities, I assume local governments would be your main resource. My biggest problem is that violin makers are very secretive about their varnishes, and will send you off in the wrong direction on purpose. I am so excited to find you. Thanks for being this amazing resource for me now, setting the tone that will keep sounding. They’re not separated by tree type. Compared to these, lavender seems like a bargain! Fill the jar full with cedar leaves, berries and bark. Do you know another method of cleaning it other than putting it on a BBQ grill? Alcohol does act as a solvent as well, but poses more dangers and complexities in execution for any purpose other than a tincture. As you boil your sap in the water the essential oils will evaporate. Store your homemade pine tree essential oil in a dark bottle with an air-tight lid to help it remain as fresh as possible and avoid the risk of contamination. Pine trees are a sustainable crop and widely grown in cold climate areas throughout the world. It smells so good! Secrets are never shouted. Hi Michael. We have to shift our perspective from being product oriented to relationship oriented. You can do this evaporation quickly if you want, and if you have enough sap, by putting it in a double boiler. Temperature, it will soften as it warms and liquefy if heated, and the amount of essential oils it contains.