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.

 

Bulk Sunscreen and More

More products in bulk

Yesterday our container order arrived which included the bottles and pumps we will be using for bulk dispensing of our products.  We are sure this will make it easier and more affordable for you.

Sunscreen

Bulk PumpsWe have two sunscreens available, one with our non-toxic insect repellent and one without.  We have tested these sunscreens on our selves, friends, and family to ensure they do what they should, protect your skin from the sun without harming you or the environment.
The sunscreen alone is 15 cents per gram ($4.30 per ounce) and the sunscreen with insect repellent is 20 cents per gram ($5.72 per ounce).

Bulk Oils and Hydrosols

We also have bulk oils and hydrosols, including our own distilled Witch Hazel, available.  We know there are a lot of you who like to make your own fantastic stuff so we have the same oils we use in our products available for you to purchase in small or large quantities.

 

Your container or ours

We encourage you to bring your own container, be sure to sterilize it as much as possible first, and we can fill them for you.  If you need a container we have many different styles to choose from.

Do You DiY?

Do You Do it Yourself (DiY)?

Oils Containers and MoreIf you like to DiY then you will love our selection of bulk materials, containers and more.  Behind our counter, we have bulk oils, hydrosols, additives, and more.   We also have a lot of knowledge that we are happy to share to help you be successful in making your own creation.

Need a Container?

Foamer and other bottles and jarsYou are free to bring your own containers that we can fill for you but if you need one we have a variety of them for you to choose from.  Squirt bottles, glass apothecary jars, plastic jars, and foamer bottles.
We had a nice little surprise with our foamer bottles too as they have a twist to lock function so you can prevent it from dispensing while being transported.

We Made Rose Hydrosol Today

Today we got out the still and made a batch of rose hydrosol using some of our dried Egyptian rose buds and petals.  Rose hydrosol has many uses including body sprays, air fresheners, cooking, and cocktails.

A lot of over the counter rose waters are highly diluted rose hydrosol but ours is right out of the still which makes it much more potent and allows you to dilute it to your liking.

We also have Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Frankincense hydrosols that will be on our shelves this week.  We also encourage you to bring your own container to fill up or we have some on hand as well.