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The other part of my “messing around” with distillation is the essential oils aspect.

Now that’s interesting. I have to admit, I’ve never really studied much about essential oils, having been long ago sold on homeopathy. But that’d be pretty hard to get the items I’d need and then actually make a remedy from scratch in a true SHTF situation. One of our kids has really specialized in essential oils, and has apparently had great success with them. That’s where I first learned about thieves oil, and made some with a formula she provided. The stuff really did work. But I didn’t realize it was relatively easy to create essential oils at home using alcohol. You spurred me to do a little reading, and I ran across a full article on making lavender essential oil with everclear or vodka. Interesting! Thanks.