How to Extract Mint Oil from Mint Leaves

Overview

Mint is a popular herb for gardens, aromatherapy and cooking. Not only is the aroma known to relieve headaches, respiratory problems and stomach aches, it also works great as a massage oil, astringent or infused oil to drizzle on food. You can extract oil from mint in your own kitchen by infusing the leaves in another oil medium, such as olive or almond oil, to be used as a topical oil.

Step 1

Set up a double boiler on your stove top, making sure the bottom pan has sufficient water to boil for an hour. Pour 1 to 2 cups of olive or almond oil into the top pot of the double boiler.

Step 2

Drop 1 cup of crushed, dried, unwashed, de-stemmed mint leaves into the oil. Keep the heat on low to medium low.

Step 3

Heat the oil in the double boiler for at least one hour for average potency. For stronger infusions, continue to heat the oil for another hour. Add water to the bottom pot if necessary.

Step 4

Turn off the burner when you are satisfied with the infusion and let the oil cool down. Pour it through a strainer so the mint leaves are taken out of the mint oil.

Step 5

Pour the oil into a jar or bottle to use for massage, cooking, aromatherapy a salve or therapeutic oil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure no water gets into the mint oil, or the infusion will be ruined.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups mint leaves
  • Glass jar or spray bottle
  • Double boiler
  • 1 cup olive or almond oil
  • Mesh strainer

References

  • Invista: Extracting Oil From Mint Leaves
  • Springerlink: Superheated Water Extraction For OIls
  • Gardens Ablaze: Medicinal Mint
Keywords: making mint oil, extracting mint oil, mint leaf extraction

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