Here in NZ winter citrus grow in abundance in my garden. One citrus I planted 4 years ago in my converted paddock is 'Lemonade", which is a hybrid citrus. It is a cross between a lemon and a sweet mandarin (Citrus limon x. reticualta). Some authors refer to it as C. limon x sinensis (here) It is a popular citrus in NZ and in Queensland. This is the first year I have had an abundance of fruit. We use the juice to make either home-made lemonade or a version of lemoncello which we enjoy over ice.
condense the wonderful aroma of the lemonade rinds. It has a sweet soft aroma, with a slight freshness due to the lemon cross. After squeezing and freezing the juice for later use I filled my small copper alembic still to the brim with the fruit and covered with 2.3 litres lemon geranium hydrosol which has a sweet honey aroma. (I actually overfilled with fruit so had a lot of still debris to filter out). I distilled for around 40 minutes and extracted off 2000ml hydrosol (extremely cloudy- see photo). I then redistilled this once more by itself with no fruit with a final result of 800ml of condensed lemonade and lemon geranium hydrosol (still some cloudiness but I could clearly see essential oil the hydrosol.
|1st distillation- a lot of still debris|
|2nd distillation, still essential oil present.|
Simple "Poo Pourri" Recipe
"Poo Pourri' is a concept of spraying an aromatic into the lavatory before you go. The aromatic molecules leave a film on the water and help prevent odours escaping. This is a great trick to sue if you are using shared facilities, visiting friends or public loos!
In a small spray bottle (100-200ml) add 95 mil aromatic hydrosol such as lavender or rosemary. (Normal water can also be used but add more essential oils). Add in 2 mls of glycerine or olive oil to disperse the essential oils and then add 3 mls of essential oils (e.g lemon, lavender, pine, clove, eucalyptus). A dash of vodka also helps preserve the hydrosol and help with dispersion. the oils do not need to be a therapeutic grade. Shake before use and spritz 2-3 times before going. Easy!
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