Ginger Essential Oil Processing

Properties of Ginger

Most of us have had ginger in some kind of food and probably have some in the spice rack, but what else is it good for?

Ginger has been recognized as a highly medicinal plant in Asia as well as being used as an exotic ingredient in perfumes, it is also said to an aphrodisiac.

When it comes to the essential oil, and hydrosol, it has wonderful properties for treating sore joints and muscles.  This is why it is commonly found in Dit Da Jow formulations.

Ginger is also a common middle note ingredient in perfumes and colognes providing that warm and spicy note.

Distilling into Essential Oil and Hydrosol

The last time we ran ginger through our steam distiller we did not get a very good yield but we did learn a lot about what not to do.

This time we started with 3.5 pounds of fresh ginger root which we let dry for a couple of weeks.  Today we ran it through the food processor to get it chopped up into nice little bits which we will let dry for a few days prior to running through the still.

In researching the proper way to process ginger into essential oil, this is the preferred method and should provide the highest yield possible, besides CO2 extraction.

You can purchase our Ginger Hydrosol in our online store, and in our physical store.  We hope to have the essential oil for sale soon as well but we need to start making enough of it first.

If you are able to come into our physical store be sure to bring your containers as we will be happy to fill them and help keep the waste down to a bare minimum.

Still with Ginger

Update on the yield

One of the interesting parts about distillation is the yield of oil and hydrosol we get.  For this run we started with 448 grams of semi-dry ginger and we produced 3.25g of Essential Oil and 900ml of hydrosol.
That translates to a .7% yield of essential oil and 200% yield of hydrosol.  I think we may have gotten a better yield number if we had let it dry just a couple of more days as there was still a fair amount of moisture in the material which can throw these numbers off.

Cucumber Hydrosol

Today We Are Distilling Cucumber

Cucumber has many great benefits for our skin, I’m sure you’ve seen products touting that they are using it in one way or another.

You may be asking why we have not used it thus far and the answer is fairly simple, it’s expensive stuff if you have to buy it.  As we try to keep our pricing within reason some products are just out of our reach, until now.

After doing a little research we’ve discovered that we can distill our own cucumber hydrosol using locally sourced, organic cucumbers.  We were a little late getting to it this year but we should be able to make enough to make an impact on our products that utilize a water component like lotions, face creams, etc.

We will also have the hydrosol itself available for purchase as we know there are lots of you out there that like to experiment and make your own things.

 

Getting ready for distillation

We have been super busy making new products that are targeted at helping you to get natural products in your house to make sure what you are putting on your body will actually help you.
We have also been looking to our future and the need to make sure that the products we are using are sustainably produced and sourced as locally as possible.  Above is our first steam distillation setup that I have laid out so I can create a base for it to sit upon while it distills our oils.
We are super excited to start distilling our own essential oils which will be used in our products and available for purchase.  We will also be using the resulting hydrosols for use in our lotions and other products.

Our first distillation will be Lavender which we got earlier this year from Dales Lavender Valley  and it has been dried and stored just for this purpose.
Once the still is setup we will be sure to post some pictures and videos of the process so you can be a part of our continuing journey.