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|An 18th century method of distilling lavender water
Written by JulieW
(9/18/2007 5:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Making lavender water from scratch, penned by Line
53. Directions for making Lavender-Water.
F I L L a glafs or earthen body two thirds full with Lavender Flowers, and then fill up the veffel with Brandy or Melaffes Spirits.
Let the Flowers ftand infufion eight days, or lefs if ftraitened for time; then diftil off the Spirit, in a water-bath with a brifk flu at firft in large drops or even a funall ftream, that the Effential Oil of the Flowers may rife with the Spirit. But as this cannot be done without the phlegm coming over the helm at the fame time, the Spirit muft rectified.
The firft diftillation being finifhed, unlute the ftill, throw away what remains in the body, and fill it with frefh Flowers of Lavender, in the proportion of two pounds of Lavender Flowers to one pint Spirit; pour the Spirit already diftilled according the foregoing directions, on the Lavender Flowe: and diftil a fecoiid time in a vapour-bath.
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