Denise Cusack

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certified aromatherapist. herbalist. hydrosol distiller. writer. artist. plant whisperer. mom. Verona, Wisconsin 🌱Wholly Rooted Handcrafted Botanicals

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My kids are realizing all of the fun science and life hacks that goes into hydrosol distillation. Fish pond pump to fill the condenser, gravity and a vacuum to drain and prevent overflow. Cooler full of ice and water to keep the condenser chilly enough to convert steam back to liquid. Teflon tape to seal seams. Cardboard to keep the strong winds from blowing out the flame, and prevent big temperature dips. Watching the thermometer to see as it hits 100C the hydrosol starts flowing. Using the infrared thermometer to see what temperature each section is at - and how quickly steam returns to liquid. Seeing the small amounts of essential oils floating on the hydrosol. All much cooler than they originally expected I think! 😎🌼
#homeschoolers #unschoolers #sciencegeeks #lifehacks #ingenuity #stem #hydrosols #naturesciencepluscoolcontraptions
{Ocimum basilicum} hydrosol in progress. βœ¨πŸŒΏπŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŒŸ
Setting up... #hydrosols #hydrolat #alembicdistillation #alembic #herbalist #aromatherapist #copperstill #herbalism #aromatherapy
Drove through multiple storm cells with eerie blue sky, past many fat double rainbows, and past what looked like black smoke rising from the fields as the heavy rains hit. All sky candy.
Harvested basil, comfrey, and borage.Going to have a busy still and dehydrator this weekend. .
#medicinalherbs hydrosols #herbalism #herbalist #herbgarden #organicgarden #medicinalherbs #wisconsingardener
Oh, summer πŸ’–
I'm kind of vague posting here, but got good news that a project I submitted a proposal for was selected (!!!) and so I have a new yeti mic for audio recording. Excited to start using it. 🎀 πŸŽ‰
Tradescantia ohiensis {spiderwort}