Oil Distillation in Your Kitchen
Sunday, June 20th
Sunday, July 11th (Sold Out)
Oil Distillation Masterclass
Date: Saturday, July 17th
There is nothing so pure and distinctive to a flower or an herb as its scent. Scent is a complex mixture of volatile compounds, chemicals that vaporize into gas when released by the plant. More than a thousand years ago, Persian physician Ibn Sina discovered how to capture the intoxicating scent of roses into a bottle by the method of steam distillation. The product that is collected from steam distillation is what we term “essential oil”, the elusive essence of the plant that contains its scent. An additional product of the steam distillation process is hydrosol. Also known as “flower water”, hydrosols can contain contain some of the valuable elements of essential oils plus other, water soluble beneficial compounds.
We at Mad Lavender Farm are so excited to be able to offer workshops in distilling essential oil and hydrosol. We have two different workshops: Oil Distillation in Your Kitchen, designed to make small quantities of essential oil and hydrosol at home with the simplest utensils and Essential Oil Distillation Masterclass, for those who would like to make a greater investment into essential oil production. Both workshops will be lavender centric but we will investigate other plant material as well, such as peppermint and sage. All attendees who sign up for Oil Distillation in Your Kitchen will receive a 20% coupon that may be applied to Essential Oil Distillation Masterclass.
Lavender is one of the more generous plants regarding its oil yield from distillation – another reason it’s so satisfying to make on a smaller scale at home. We will be looking at the different varieties of lavender and stages of bloom in terms of the quality and quantity of oil that is produced. The workshops will take us into the field to harvest the product and into our lab to experience hands-on how lavender and other herbs are alchemized from volatile scent to bottled oil and hydrosol.
From as far back as they can remember, Alex has always been fascinated by nature. Growing up in a family of scientists, Alex was soon guided into formal education to explain the world around them. After years of schooling and a PhD in biochemistry, they realized two things:
ONE- There is no way to learn everything, but that’s no reason to stop trying. TWO- Science and research are partners to and translators of ancient wisdom. We are not the first here, and we won’t be the last. Alex is happiest learning, teaching, music-ing, or just being in awe of what IS.