How to Produce Lavender Essential Oil on a Commercial Scale?

How to make lavender essential oil, Lavender Backyard Garden, NZ lavender farm

If you're passionate about essential oils, particularly lavender, and have an interest in our production methods, or if you've already experienced our lavender farm's family activities, you might be curious about how we craft our high-quality lavender essential oils. Here is the process of how we produce our premium lavender essential oils.

When is the Best Time to Harvest Lavender for Essential Oil Production?

The best time to harvest lavender for steam distillation of its essential oil is when the flowers are in full bloom but haven't started to fade or wilt. Typically occurring during the early morning, this is when the flowers contain the highest concentration of essential oil. Harvesting at this optimal time ensures the production of lavender essential oil of the finest quality and maximum yield.

What is Steam Distillation for Essential Oils?

Steam distillation is a widely used method for extracting essential oils from plants. This process involves passing steam through plant material, causing the essential oils to evaporate and then condense into a separate container. Here's how it works:

  1. Steam Generation: Water is heated to produce steam.
  2. Steam Passage Through Plant Material: The steam is then passed through the plant material, such as flowers, leaves, or roots, containing the essential oils.
  3. Oil Vaporisation: The heat from the steam causes the essential oils in the plant material to vaporise.
  4. Condensation: The steam and essential oil vapor mixture is cooled, causing it to condense back into a liquid state.
  5. Separation: Since essential oils do not mix with water, they float on top of the condensed water and are collected separately.

Steam distillation is favoured for its efficiency in extracting essential oils while preserving their purity and aroma. It's commonly used in the production of various essential oils, including lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

If you're considering essential oil production or simply want to understand more about this process, steam distillation offers a fascinating insight into the world of aromatherapy and natural remedies.

How to Make Lavender Oil by Steam Distillation?

As January comes to a close, we eagerly begin the lavender harvest from our fields. It's a thrilling time every year as we gather the lavender buds, brimming with essential oil. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of lavender during this season.

The harvested lavender is carefully packed into large buckets for steam distillation. To prepare it, we gently compress the lavender by stomping on it.

Lavender Distillation, NZ Hamilton Lavender Farm

Next, we lifted the lavender and placed it into the insulated steam cooker.

Fresh Lavender Flowers for Lavender Distilling, NZ Hamilton Lavender Farm

Six minutes later, the lavender oil began to drip. As the first drop fell, we were enveloped in ribbons of lavender fragrance.

How to make Lavender Essential Oil at Hamilton NZ Lavender Farm

After 45 painstaking minutes...

The initial round of lavender cooking is finished.100% pure lavender essential oil is made by Lavender Backyard Garden.

Lavender Flowers after cooked by lavender distill, Lavender Backyard Garden

This is our 100% pure lavender essential oil. We have received NZLGA Supreme Oil Silver Awards. Based on this pure oil, we made a wide range of lavender products for you to enjoy.

Some studies found that lavender aroma helps to increase in deep sleep and reduce awakenings in both men and women. We have designed natural sleep aids based on our lavender essential oils.


Some studies found that lavender aroma helps to increase in deep sleep and reduce awakenings in both men and women. We have designed natural sleep aids based on our lavender essential oils.


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