Friday, October 20, 2017

Sustainable Spikenard

I have been reading a lot recently about the lack of sustainable Spikenard.  We know Nardostachys
Spikenard Roots
is on the CITES list of endangered plants, and we are concerned about our sourcing.

I have had long discussions with our Nepalese supplier about the issue of sustainability.

Our Spikenard comes from an area high in the Himalayas. The producer is setting up 2 distillation units in very remote parts of Nepal. This area was badly hit by the earthquake of 2015. This six minute video shows the terrain, the villages and villagers.

After watching the video, I asked, "Based on the video,  the village that you are working with is just now starting to harvest the abundance that surrounds them.  But how can you or do you prevent over harvesting? This is a question that I often see debated, and I would like to be able to give those who ask your answer to it."

And the answer came.  It makes sense to me, and I hope will for our clients and friends, as well.
Dear Marge,
Thank you so much for your compliments on the youtube video.
I totally understand your concerns regarding the sustainability of Spikenard. It is true that the material has been over harvested and most of the time it is being smuggled to India.
But in our case it is very different. Below are the basic 5 points why we are different.
1.       We do not buy raw material with vendors, we involve communities. We work with the communities and they are aware of the disasters of over harvesting. They protect their asset without letting other enter their territory.
2.      We only distill about 100 KG oil which is only 25% of our allotted amount from the government.
3.      We use most advance distillation equipment that utilizes only 15% of firewood compared to other distillation and has 20% more yield on the oil recovery.
4.      We conduct trainings and workshops on good harvesting practices and sustainability of herbs in the community.
5.       We have invested so much on the equipment as they were imported and airlifted to the site, therefore we plan to work on the facility for more than 20 years. Without herbs and its sustainability we will lose our business. We are concerned.

I loved the answers I was given, and hope you will, as well. And, for another video, taken three years earlier, just an overview of the beauties of Nepal, watch here.

Enjoy!   (Of course you may read more about, and purchase, our Spikenard Essential Oil on our website.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Early Bird - BLING!

Bling!  AKA Wearable Aromatherapy Jewelry
Save 12% with Promo Code: earlybird

Who doesn't love to sport a little bling now and then? Wearable aromatherapy jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes these days for a wide variety of budgets.  Another gem for the aromatherapy lover
on your list or as a treat for yourself.

My favorites are our lampwork artisan aromatherapy vessels.  Each one is uniquely crafted and like snowflakes, no two are alike! These beauties are glass and come in slightly different styles: Murano, Teardrop, and Round.  We have all colors of the rainbow, it seems, including: Aquamarine, Green, Pink, Red, Blue, Brown, Tiger's Eye (Marge's favorite), Purple, Black, Mauve, Clear with delicately painted Roses, and multicolored swirls of Autumn, blues and greens, and more. Definitely colorful and distinctive.  As a bonus, packaged for gift giving.  Each comes with a silk corded necklace, replacement cork, and mini pipette.

At a greatly reduced price, we have a handful of our little Pom-Pom aromatherapy lockets left in
stock.  Made of a metal alloy that is nickel-free, those of us at Nature's Gift who have problems wearing non-sterling metal jewelry have found these completely tolerable to wear.  Includes a packet of several brightly colored pom-poms to match your outfit or mood.  Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or blend, pop it into the locket, and face the day with your best-loved aromatic.

A few easy recipes or single essential oil ideas for these "passive" aromatherapy diffusers:

-For uplifting, add Spearmint and Orange
-For anxiety, add Neroli, Petitgrian bigarade, or our Reunité Synergy (on sale this month!)
-For immune, germ-busting, add a combination Ravensara, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, or Lemon Myrtle

-For grounding, add Vetiver Haiti
-For clarity/focus, add Rosemary, Peppermint, or Lemon (or our Focus blend)
-For insect barrier, add a combination of Lemon Tea Tree, Patchouli, and Cedarwood
-For well-being, add Rose, Bergamot or Grapefruit

Take 12% off our aromatherapy bling! (jewelry) using promo code "earlybird" .  At checkout, simply enter the code: earlybird and click apply for savings.