My beautiful copper still arrived yesterday and within minutes I was sterilizing mason jars and itching to start my first distillation. Next I needed some plant matter to work with. It being February in the North Country my options are limited yet there is 1 readily available plant I have always wanted to capture the scent of.
These are some beautiful White Cedar trees living in a nearby park. I have always admired these trees so that is where I headed. It was quite the icy trek & desolate too. Nobody in the park but distillers today :) I harvested from this mother tree here and the 2 babies behind her, leaving a gift for each tree in gratitude. Thanks Trees!
WOW how quickly a strong scent of cedar leaf filled my house! Mr. ADKaromatherapy has a bad head cold & was still struck by how overpowering the smell was. So fresh & green, a true treat in winter. I got about 150 ML of strong hydrosol with lovely droplets of cedar leaf oil floating happily on top. I have plenty of cedar leaf left to see how the yield changes once my plant matter dries.
Thus begins my adventures in distilling, it was so easy, inexpensive & rewarding. It took me about an hour total, and this project only cost me less than $1, for the ice. For anyone interested I got this still from Elfin Herb Farm in California. The only question remains, ~ what shall I brew up this weekend????