distillers

The Spice Market in Dubai

by Andrea Butje on May 26, 2014

Early one morning, we took a small boat across a canal in Dubai to reach the spice and herb market. This is not your ordinary market—the spice market is filled with the aroma of burning frankincense resins, and with the colorful, aromatic presence of the herbs and spices being sold. Every few steps someone is doing their […]

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Citrus Essences From South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 19, 2014

While in South Africa, I visited an extraordinary citrus production facility. I was excited to see this particular facility because they produce citrus essences, which are different than essential oils. Essences are extracted from the juice of the citrus rather than the peel, giving them a vital, bright, sparkling aroma. The picture above is of oranges that […]

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Tea Tree Plantation in South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 12, 2014

In this picture, I’m standing next to a farmer who has just finished harvesting tea tree. We are in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and I am so happy to be in this beautiful tea tree plantation! After the tea tree is cut, it’s brought to the distillery where Bruce, a master distiller, carefully distills […]

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The Trip of a Lifetime!

by Andrea Butje on April 7, 2014

Today is not my usual day. It’s the beginning of a month-long distiller trip! Today I will be arriving in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, to visit a frankincense distiller! Not only will I get to meet the people behind the process of producing Frankincense essential oil, but I’ll get to see literal […]

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A Great Way to Give Thanks to Essential Oil Distillers!

by Andrea Butje on February 26, 2014

Botanica2014, the international Aromatherapy conference created by Rhiannon Lewis, brings together scientists, educators and those passionate about herbal medicine and clinical aromatherapy. Botanica is raising money for three essential oil distillers to come to the conference at very little personal cost to them. Kailash Dixit is a Nepal based distiller and herb grower. His business, […]

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Trips to Visit Essential Oil Distillers

by Andrea Butje on January 20, 2014

I just love visiting essential oil distillers. They’re all such warm people who care deeply about the plants they grow and the oils they distill. Over the past few years, I’ve blogged about several of my trips to visit essential oil distillers around the world. This is a list of those blog posts featuring distilleries in […]

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