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Tag: Distillation

Indian Patchouli : the analysis results

21 January 2020

In the past few days, we have distilled by Clevenger leaves of Pogostemon Heyneanus (Indian patchouli).  To give you a brief summary, here is the experiment in few figures:  Leaves mass : 318 g. We have used frozen leaves, and have grinded them with a mortar.   Distillation duration : 4 hours. Essential oil obtained : […]

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Underpressure: the impact of vacuum distillation on essential oil quality

21 October 2019

Benoit Roger (Ph. D.), Hubert Marceau (B. Sc., chemist), Alexis St-Gelais (M. Sc., chemist)   Have you ever tried cooking pasta atop a high mountain? OK, this is a weird introduction, but you’ll see the link. Everybody ‘’knows’’ that (pure) water freezes at 0 °C and boils at 100 °C and in everyday life, this is […]

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2018 summer distillations

8 January 2019

Sylvain Mercier, M. Sc., chimiste At PhytoChemia, we always like to seek around us to find interesting plants to distill. This summer, we performed several distillations of different plants. You will find in this blog post a summary of our 2018 summer distillations along with the general composition of essential oils that we obtained, their […]

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About Canadian wintergreen

3 July 2018

By Benoit Roger, Ph. D. Always looking for a deeper knowledge of our surrounding plants, we recently distilled eastern teaberry or American wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) freshly harvested in our local boreal forest (Saguenay, QC, Canada). Leafs of wintergreen and beginning of the distillation   The crushed leaves of eastern teaberry has an odor that is […]

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Synthetic Methyl Salicylate and You

12 June 2017

Alexis St-Gelais, chimiste Essential oils are worth quite a lot of money. It so happens that, in order to boost profits, unscrupulous people alter oils in various ways. This “Adulterants and you” series is there to introduce you to some of the adulterations we encounter. This is because not all of them are necessarily obvious, […]

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