Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Distilling Lavender and other herbs

Tina Sams of The Essential Herbal Magazine has a tabletop size glass still.
Peace Valley Lavender Farm, has a copper still going in the background.
Carousel Lavender Farm is running a stainless still.
Many people ask if we distill our own essential oils. We do not simply because it takes pounds and pounds of material to get even a small amount of oil. However, with a still of some sort, the product you will get is called a "hydrosol" or a floral water which is basically a water with trace amounts of the essential oil left in it. Lavender water can then be used as a perfume, a spray on linens, to cook with, and many other uses. More common is Rose Water and Orange Flower Water, frequently used culinary delights.


Donna and Miss Spenser said...

So interesting! Now, I would have enjoyed chemistry if we had been messing around with flowers (especially lavender) rather than the other things! ha...

Have a great day...I think vacation is just around the corner?!!


Angela McRae said...

Never knew all the work that went into creating essential oils!

Linda J. said...

Very interesting!!