distillers

Community Farms in South Africa: A Small Miracle

by Andrea on February 28, 2011

We recently received this story about community farms from one of our South African distillers and would love to share it with you! We have a very poor community in Bela Bela, who have quite a lot of land available to them because of the size of their tribal boundaries. (Bela Bela is about fours […]

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Kenya Essential Oil Distiller

by Andrea on October 18, 2010

Lubanchem Limited was named after the company’s signature product–“Luban”–the Somali word for Frankincense, or the Boswellia species. The company is registered and based in Nairobi, Kenya. From their humble beginnings in 2002, the company now has its own facilities with 12,500 square feet of production area. Due to its ability to adapt and change proactively, […]

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Guroo Farms Distillery is a group of certified organic farmers and distillers, with 550 acres of certified organic farm area. They’re located in the Tarai area of Uttranchal–one of the most fertile belts in India–in the foothills of the Himalayas. After three generations of farming in Tarai, Guroo Farms became an official entity in 2005 […]

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Mark, an essential oil distiller in South Africa, has sent me two kilos of his Frankincense essential oil, distilled from the resins he acquired on his trip. Here is Mark’s story, in his words: Mark has always been deeply interested in Frankincense from Arabia and Somaliland.  Arabia and Somaliland are the homes of the highest […]

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Our Nepalese distiller of Xanthoxylum and Rhododendron oils has formed a farmer’s cooperative. He’s encouraging local and indigenous people to participate in the cultivation and production of medicinal and aromatic plants. These people have significantly raised their socio-economic status–the cooperative is providing employment, and promoting cultivation in both community forests and the farmers’ private land. […]

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Helichrysum in Corsica

by Andrea on June 8, 2008

An inspiring trip to Corsica and France. In Corsica, I visited a distiller, Michele, who I’ve been buying essential oils from this year. It was Helichrysum season, and I had the amazing opportunity to learn to harvest Helichrysum in the mountains with Michele and her crew. Corsica is absolutely full of Helichrysum! It grows wild in […]

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