Day one, soak the Hojary / vanilla in the pot with canadian rocky mountain spring water. Day 2, i turn on the burner but only on the lowest setting and smallest flame, only enough to heat the pot and not boil it , i want the frank and vanilla to slowly infuse into each other over a long period of time and let the oils release from there resins and cells of the plant material . I feel this is a crucial step in bonding the 2 together as the actual distilling can be done in a matter of several hours with frankincense. I will hold the pots temp under boiling for 24 hours before raising the temps . Day 3 , raise the temp to get a low boil with the min temp to bring over the oils . Im more concerned with releasing the oils into the water slowly and then boiling the material and bringing it over . This is were the alchemy of the art lies . 2 kilos of the royal green frank with 30 ground Tahiti vanilla pods . Each pod cost 15 usd so there is 450 usd worth of the highest grade vanilla in this batch . Most vanilla is picked green shocked in boiling water and then cheap oils are added to the pods and its put in the sun for a few hours each day , this is the life of 95% of vanilla today . These tahiti vanilla pods i used are the creme de la creme and are only picked when fully ripe , they still do the hot water treatment as its sets the beans for the curing process but they don't use the cheap oils on them . Every day there out into the sun for a couple hours,and they do this for many months and then wrap them and let them sweat in between sunning s this goes on for 3 months before they are wrapped and put away to fully cure for another 3-6 months sometimes longer as they check the beans regularly and grade them .Each bean is handle over 500 times before it gets to market , its the most labor intensive crop in the world besides saffron . It was important to me that the beans not have oils on them as that would wreck the oils im trying to make and lower the grade of the essence . I want to create only the highest vibration essences and in order to do that i must source and use the purest of quality in its most ripe form . You can imagine what it would cost to distill pure vanilla beans ... this is why you only find absolutes , but it does not convey to me the mysticism or magic of pure vanilla so i infuse it into the hojary instead . I find they create a dynamic between the 2 that gives birth to something even more special that that either one could accomplish on its own .