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  • Essential oil extraction

    Posted by alare on April 28, 2023 at 3:53 am

    Here are the general steps for extracting essential oils using a rotary evaporator:

    Prepare your plant material: Collect the plant material that you want to extract the essential oil from. This could be fresh or dried plant material, depending on your preference. Grind or chop the plant material into small pieces to increase the surface area for extraction.

    Add the plant material to a round-bottom flask: Transfer the plant material to a round-bottom flask, and add a suitable solvent such as ethanol or hexane. The amount of solvent you use should be enough to cover the plant material.

    Heat the mixture: Heat the mixture gently to extract the essential oil. This can be done using a hot plate or a water bath. You can also use ultrasound to speed up the extraction process.

    Filter the mixture: After the extraction is complete, filter the mixture to remove any solid plant material.

    Transfer the extract to a rotary evaporator: Transfer the filtered extract to a rotary evaporator. Attach the round-bottom flask containing the extract to the rotary evaporator, and secure it with a clamp.

    Start the mini rotary evaporator: Turn on the rotary evaporator, and adjust the vacuum and temperature settings as required. The vacuum setting should be set to a suitable level to evaporate the solvent from the extract.

    Evaporate the solvent: As the rotary evaporator rotates, the solvent will start to evaporate, leaving behind the essential oil. The essential oil will condense in the condenser and can be collected in a separate flask.

    Store the essential oil: Once the solvent has evaporated completely, switch off the rotary evaporator and remove the flask containing the essential oil.

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