This is all very interesting stuff. Afoaf tried the Elemi oil his own and it had slight effects for him and his compariates...
What's interesting is this new development with the German chamomile.
Does it have to be German chamomile or will any ol chamomile due?
I distill essential oils. And it's rather easy for essential oils to be distilled into alcohol
by macerating the herbs first then distilling the menstrum. This is how absinthe
is traditionally made, it is also how anisettes like Raki and Ozo are made.
It makes me wonder...
Could chamomile be added to traditional absinthe recipes to increase the effects of the essential oils in absinthe? Could an absinthe like drink be made by adding the basil oil and the chamomile?
I know that Elemi oil is far too strong tasting at the proper dose range to be added to a beverage. But could an extracted elmicin or the methyl chavitol be added to a chamomile infused liquor?
Absinthe is basically an alcoholic beverage infused with essential oils and then slightly flavoured with a slight infusion of herbs for taste and color.
Typical ingredients for absinthe
Worm wood... Source of Thujone
All high in essential oils.
Are the oils in anise possibly altered with the addition of chamomile? Would Thujone be altered by the addition of chamomile in it's effects?
The possibility of creating new essential oil infused (through distillation) beverages like absinthe and raki and Ozo is a really exciting notion.
Chamomile and sweet basil can be dry or fresh and placed in 190 grain or grape ethanol
. This can be soaked in a cool dark place for weeks then strained and a 1:1 ratio of water to menstrum can be combined. The menstrum can then be distilled and one will have a lovely clear slightly blueish hued beverage.
Yes that's right blueish! Chamomile oil when distilled properly can appear blue. Neat huh!
This alcohol can then be further diluted in a glass with Ice water producing the ever popular louche effect. The oil particles will micro particle/separate and the beverage will turn a lovely milky color.
A foaf distills a purple raki or Turkish anisset made with black mission figs and anise that's to die for.
Lots of experiments here. How exciting!
Dorge added 25 Minutes and 48 Seconds later...
I did a little home work. Eygeptian chamomile is the same species as well as going by other names.
Matricaria recutita, Hungarian chamomile or wild chamomile, Camomilla, Camomille Allemande, Chamomile, Chamomilla recutita, Echte Kamille, Feldkamille, Fleur de Camomile, Kamillen, Kleine Kamille, Manzanilla, Matricaire, Matricaria recutita, Matricariae Flos, Pin Heads, Sweet False Chamomile, True Chamomile.
The roman variety also known as the English variety is Anthemis nobilis