10. September 2013 · Comments Off on Harvesting Sweet Grass (Hierochlöe odorata) · Categories: Research

Today we harvested sweet grass from a garden plot just outside of the city. Cherry, a very kind lady, showed us the area and allowed us to harvest a few bags, and also bring home actual plants that I will propagate.

Tonight I will prepare a tincture in fractionated coconut oil to sit for a few months. I am also going to attempt to distill the wonderful coumarin out of the plant. Here is a link to the distiller that I use for essential oil steam distillation. It works really well and I am very happy with it. This adds another dimension to perfumer creation when you can create your own oils.

Collected Sweet Grass ready for distillation

Collected Sweet Grass ready for distillation

 

I believe I will end up with hydrosol and no oil, since everything I read tells me that simple distillation will not produce an essential oil from the plant….. but that never stopped me before. I like to see for myself.

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Well…. they were correct. No oil, but I did get Hydrosol, and a tincture … and a wonderful smelling braid, and had some fun doing it.

 

 

Putting the Bio-mass in

Putting the Bio-mass in

Sweet grass in Biomass flask

Sweet grass in Biomass flask

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Sweet Grass Braid made by my wife

Sweet Grass Braid made by my wife

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