Clawhammer Still Review
As I’ve delved more heavily into the use of essential oils, I’ve often thought about how cool it would be to make them myself with some of the herbs I’m growing here on our land. Peppermint, Oregano, Marjoram, Spearmint, Dill, Eucalyptus, and Lavender are just a few that I could totally make myself, if I just had the right equipment. I know they won’t be as good of a quality as the oils I’m currently buying, but it would be a great backup alternative (especially with the way the FDA is cracking down on the natural healthcare business and essential oil companies lately, I’m honestly afraid they’re going to put them out of business and stifle our ability to purchase these oils in the future. I would tell you what brand of oils I’m stocking up on, but the FDA won’t allow me to share that information on my blog. You can email me for more info.).
Turns out, it actually isn’t too complicated to home distill essential oils yourself! The main piece of equipment you will need is a still. Yep. The same kind moonshiners use.
The guys at Clawhammer Supply were kind enough to supply us with a 5 Gallon Copper Moonshine Still Kit in exchange for us testing it out and giving an honest review. Although this still can be used to make alcohol (which would be awesome for making tinctures, by the way), there are legalities to consider. According to information on Clawhammer’s website:
Federal law states that it is legal to own a still of any size. It doesn’t matter if you have a 1 gallon still or a 100 gallon still. According to the feds, it is legal to have a still for decoration, distilling water, distilling essential oils, etc. The still does not need to be registered with anyone and no permits are needed as long as it is being used for the aforementioned purposes. However, be advised it is illegal to distill alcohol without having either a “distilled spirits permit” or a “federal fuel alcohol permit.” It does not matter if the alcohol is for personal use only, not for sale, etc.
So, in order to stay within our legal limits we’ll only be using this still for distilling water and essential oils. Not to mention that moonshining is dangerous business if you don’t know what you’re doing!
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