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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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Building Protocols for Essential Oil Distillation

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Or should I say, the process of learning what NOT to do. In similar fashion to everything else in grad school, building methods and protocols for my research has been challenging. One of the biggest components of my project is to extract and evaluate the essential oils of the 14 different varieties of holy basil. I went through 2 months of information gathering and trial and error just to figure out the proper procedure to distill and collect an accurate mass of essential oil. Continue reading

1st Semester Presentations and Workshops

*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.

If I could give advice to anyone about grad school, I would say one of the most important skills to learn is how to communicate effectively. I have put this as a priority and during my first semester of grad school I took advantage of many opportunities to present about my research and teach people about herbal medicine.

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