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Asheville Roadtrip!

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Last week my friend and I drove to Asheville for a great adventure!

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Our first stop was Pangaea Plants, LLC. It is about an hour outside of Asheville, and the farm is owned and run by Gabriel Noard. His farm is biodynamic certified, organic certified and GAP (Good Agriculture Practice) certified. He grows mostly herbs and some gourmet vegetables. Continue reading

8 Months of Grad School in Under 500 Words

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Hello again! A lot has happened since I posted last. I had visions of grandeur when I thought I could be in grad school and consistently keep up with my blog. But, I am going with ‘better late than never’ and give you the highlights of the last 8 months!

If this is your first time to the blog you can check out my other grad school posts on my page, Holy Basil Research. Continue reading

Hydrodistillation of Holy Basil Essential Oil

*This post is part of a series of posts based on my research as a masters student at UGA. To find out more go to my page Holy Basil Research.

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The moment we have all been waiting for. Running a real distillation on a real sample of holy basil from my research!! Continue reading

When the Research Plan Changes

*This post is part of a series of posts based on my research and experience as a masters student at UGA. To find out more go to my page Holy Basil Research.

I believe most grad students go through this experience. You start your research project with big ideas and expectations of what you want to learn, as you go through you encounter challenges and limitations that affect your project and it evolves over time. Then, all of a sudden you look back and realize your research question is entirely different than when you started. At least this has been my experience.

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Horizon Herbs: Kapoor

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Building Protocols for Essential Oil Collection

*This post is part of a series of posts based on my research as a masters student at UGA. To find out more go to my page Holy Basil Research.

Like I said in yesterday’s post on building protocols for essential oil distillation, once we distilled the essential oil, we had to figure out how to get it out of the clevenger trap and get an accurate mass to know how much essential oil is in a specific amount of plant material.

There were several challenges in answering this question. First of all, before we can collect the oil for analysis we have to filter through a compound called Anhydrous Sodium Sulfate.

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