"When you get gum stuck in your hair it is difficult to separate the gum from the individual hair strands. BUT, if you introduce a third substance like vegetable oil or peanut butter it changes the properties and consistency of the gum, making it easier to extract from you beautiful head of hair."
"In that sense distillation is like stewing fruit, where the longer and slower the cooking process, the more concentrated and flavourful the final product"
"Steam distillation is like steaming broccoli. A pot of water boils under the plant material and the steam rises moving through a cold pipe. This coolness separates the oil from the water yielding two products. Essential oils and hydrosols."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.