about us

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INDEKOPERENKETEL is a dutch term which means in english ” in the copper boiler or cauldron ” and it’s a phrase from  Asterix and Obelix.

INDEKOPERENKETEL makes essential oils and hydrosols from local and native plant material which can be applied for medicinal use.

We use steam distillation; a pure method without using any additives, to get essential oils and hydrosols out of plant (waste) materials. By now we have many years of experience using this process. Our handcraft, knowledge, skills and attention for these artisanal products are reflecting our quality.

We promote making and using essentials oils in a wide audience; by publishing (on this website), provide information, organising workshops and trainings for people who care for health and wellbeing.

We use local or regional vegetable waste materials from local growers and forest management. In the near future we hope to be able to produce emmission free.

We supply small bussiness who like we do use permaculture principles of ” Earth care, people care and fair share. ”



In the summer of 2014 INDEKOPERENKETEL has established a former pigs stable outside Gilze Noord-Brabant. Only one year earlier there were pigs, piglets and sows in this building. Now there are piles of drying trays smelling of lemon melissa and pepermint. This – temporary – distillation workshop place is based on a very suitable location for our activities and purposes.

The kettle is situated about 1 kilometer from Forest of Chaam. There are growing coniferous trees which provide lovely local essential oils. The whole chain of production is taking place within a very small area and can be reached by foot or bike.

We search for our business partners in the region to stimulate local economy and REconomy projects.


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In 2015 we expand our activities. The number of workshops has dubbeled from two in our backyard to four workshops in our new distillation workshop place. Here you can read about our activities in 2015:

25 april Inloopmiddag destilleerwerkplaats Gilze
26 april Naaldbomenwandeling NLGR
6 en 7 juni Lariks meewerkweekend 
20 juni Destillatiedag bij de Levensboom in Wernhout
27 juni Lavendeldestilleren workshop
28 juni Kruidenmarkt bij de Sprenk
7 juli Lavendeldestilleren workshop
11 juli Lavendel(decoratie)workshop
12 juli Een Reis van hoofd naar hart – Strong Wings Event
29 augstus Lavendeldestilleren workshop
21 t/m 23 oktober meewerkdagen lariks
24 en 25 oktober oogstfeest van INDEKOPERENKETEL


English version Kopie van activiteiten 2016


We are looking forward to meet you in one of our activities or workshops!

Henk Ploeger & Catharina de Bruin

contact: mail indekoperenketel@gmail.com

blog: distillingherbs.blogspot.nl

blog: www.indekoperenketel.blogspot.com