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Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby Ashtree » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:53 pm

Does any one have experience distilling Tumeric leaf?
I just got hold of a fresh sack about 8-10 kilos and am looking to distill it ASAP. Not sure of the yield % or if if its bets dried first, or soaked in hot water?
Most sources only mention Tumeric root oil. My still is a 70L copper alembic from Portugal.
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby still_stirrin » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:08 pm

I found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myorenp ... ture=share

Maybe that will help you. A worldwide web search is your friend.
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby Ashtree » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:29 pm

No, thats tumeric root and its not a distillation.
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby Saltbush Bill » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:13 pm

I grow Turmeric in my garden , Ive only ever used the roots ? I know that in some Asian countries that the leaves are also used in cooking.
What is it that you hope to distill from the leaves ? and what is it used for ?
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby OtisT » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:15 am

I did a little googling on “turmeric leaf distillation” and found one description of “steam distilling” the leaf. The root is steam distilled also based on what I found.

I don’t know for sure what “steam distilling” is. Likely water, but I could not rule out ethanol vapor.

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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby Ashtree » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:13 am

Saltbush Bill wrote:I grow Turmeric in my garden , Ive only ever used the roots ? I know that in some Asian countries that the leaves are also used in cooking.
What is it that you hope to distill from the leaves ? and what is it used for ?


Yes the leaves contain plenty of aroma and oil also. Steam distillation is your typical distillation for essential oils, when you pass steam through organic material.
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby JellybeanCorncob » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:47 pm

Hey Ashtree:
Like SS said the Internet is your friend for information.
Ive never extracted turmeric E-oil because have no access to large amounts of turmeric leaves or rhizomes. But my friend the internet says: “The yield of turmeric oil obtained from leaves ranges between 2.75-2.83% and from rhizomes ranges between 2.38-2.48.” Read some of Bushman’s posts on steam distillation. It will help educate you on theory and how too. I have a couple of posts in the essential oil’s Section that have picks of my old boiler and my new stainless steel one. Just remember that like making gin, the boiler, column and libeg are now coated with residue from the oils you have extracted. So you probably should reclean your rig before using it to make alcohol.
Here’s a hint: Google “simple distillation of essential oil’s”
That will get you going.
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby JellybeanCorncob » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:55 pm

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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby Ashtree » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:37 pm

Hi jellybean, cheers for that.
Yeh i wouldnt mix alcohol or essential oil distilling together either, i have seperate distillers. Not worth it.
Well i just spent the last 2 days distilling Tumeric leaf, processed about 8 kilos of fresh leaf. Im not getting anywhere near 2.7%
Thats 27ml per kilo right?
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Re: Distilling Tumeric Leaf

Postby JellybeanCorncob » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:44 am

Ashtree wrote:Hi jellybean, cheers for that.
Yeh i wouldnt mix alcohol or essential oil distilling together either, i have seperate distillers. Not worth it.
Well i just spent the last 2 days distilling Tumeric leaf, processed about 8 kilos of fresh leaf. Im not getting anywhere near 2.7%
Thats 27ml per kilo right?

Physics isn’t one of my strengths. And after trying to use the calculations that are easily found on the web I realized that there are too many variables and unknowns to get a accurate answer for % yealds. I gave up trying and use the percent yield guides for an estimate of what to expect. https://www.essentialoil.com/pages/percentage-yield
Depending on when you harvest, type of plant and extraction methods the the % of essential oils may be different. For me I’ve found that if I turn the temp down and distill at a slower rate and crush or shred my plant material my yield is larger.
I hope this helps
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