Last weekend, after making modifications to our design, we made another attempt at distillation. Mark attached a separate hose to the top of the pressure cooker and also modified the coiled copper cooling section so that gravity could help pull the the steam and resulting distillate through to the funnel. The modifications worked beautifully -- the attached hose and copper coiling quickly brought the distillate into the funnel and we could see a thin layer of oil forming on the top. But as we were emptying the funnel, the oil layer got smaller and smaller and finally disappeared altogether. We were perplexed so I read as much as I could find online and I think there might be a few issues going on here:
I would also like to replace the radiator hose coming from the pressure cooker with a copper hose -- and Mark wants to modify the hose to be more of a funnel shape as well
In the end, we did get more beautiful hydrosol -- both lavender and rose geranium -- and I’ve had fun researching the many uses and benefits of hydrosol. It actually has many of the same benefits as the essential oil (since there is a small amount of essential oil in the hydrosol), but in a milder form. Is is an astringent and can be used for skin care products or taken internally as a tonic. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. hydrosols have these healing benefits for the skin:
Think of the possibilities!!
Coming soon -- Distillation attempt #3 -- and Hydrosol for purchase in our online store!
Hello! My name is Pam Reynolds Baker and I am a mom/wife, writer, and lavender farmer who lives in Dundee Oregon .