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.
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.
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.