Some examples of plants and flowers which you could grow in your back garden and distil in a home made still (something I have yet to try!) include:
- lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
- rose (rosa damascena)
- rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
- peppermint (mentha piperita)
- thyme (thymus vulgaris)
- chamomile (chamaemelum nobile)
If you live in a warm climate, it may be possible to grow some of the citrus fruit trees, such as mandarin and lemon, although essential oils extracted from citrus fruit trees are cold expressed and not usually steam distilled.
Aside from the possibility of essential oils, the natural fragrance alone of these many plants and flowers, can be uplifting on a summer's day; as the season changes to fall, it is something to think about for next year...
To read the full article I wrote on essential oils in the garden, read An aromatherapy garden , originally published at Sedona Aromatherapie...
If you are a gardener, you may also be interested in How to use essential oils in the garden, the natural partner for the garden.
If you have any comments on essential oils and gardens let me know by posting a comment below!