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    I just joined and read how to make blackberry soda. Could the same technique be used on Lavender?

    Laura Pazzaglia

    Unfortunately, the oils in lavender are not water soluble so steam extraction would not work. However, you can try steaming fruit and adding some lavender in the bottom bowl to infuse the extracted juice directly.




    I have a friend who runs an organic lavender oil company and I used to help run the stills, so I feel I must reply!

    You can extract the oil using steam – that is how the large French operations are run. However, as stated by the other poster, the oil does not dissolve in water. The oil would vapourise though, so it would be in the steam (you’d need a condenser), and you’d then find the oil floating on the lavender scented water.

    A pressure cooker is probably not the way to go for this then, though I do wonder whether with a non-venting model, and left closed until cold, you might find some oil floating in the cooker.

    But have you seen how much lavender it takes to make a litre of oil?

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