Arbor Oils of Africa distills certified organic, frankincense and myrrh essential oils from wild harvested resins. The collectors are mainly Samburu pastoralist women living in the semi deserts of northern Kenya.
The collection groups are registered and trained in sustainable harvesting techniques.
Northern Kenya is a vast area of harsh semi-desert, populated by nomadic pastoralists. This arid area is the habitat of the spiny Commiphora and Boswellia trees which exude aromatic resins from their stems. The harvesting of resins gives the pastoralists an alternative source of income to livestock husbandry.
It has created an awareness of the value of this natural resource and with it a desire to protect the resin producing trees. Many of the nomadic people have a long tradition of perfumery mixing resins with other aromatic woods to make incense. The resins ooze naturally from the bark of the trees, from cracks or insect activity. Meetings are called to bring the collectors together and we then train them in sustainable harvesting techniques and register them as part of the collection group.
The collectors set off early in groups into the areas surrounding their villages to scrape or pluck off the resins from the wild trees The collectors set off early in groups into the areas surrounding their villages to scrape or pluck off the resins from the wild trees The resins are brought to the production site on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and steam distilled to extract the essential oils. They are stored in glass flasks to mature and then packed in UN approved steel drums ready for export.
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