Living Magazine doTERRA Winter 2018 - Page 16

Hele, a veteran harvester from Egypt, starts her harvest with a headlamp and basket at 2:30 am. Changing Lives one flower at a time NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL Neroli, the flower from the bitter orange tree, was introduced into Egypt by the Arabs in 642 AD. Egyptian Neroli remains virtually untouched, unlike most orange trees across the world that have been altered by mix breeding. At the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, Duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, was said to be so fascinated with orange flower essence that s he would bathe in it. She spread the practice to those around her, thus giving her name to the orange flower essence: Neroli. The Bitter Orange Tree is able to produce three different oils. Neroli comes from the flower of the tree. Petitgrain comes from the leaf and twig of the tree. Lastly, orange comes from the rind of the orange fruit. However, dōTERRA Wild Orange is sourced from the sweet orange fruit. Producers can only choose one oil to cultivate because harvesting one will make it impossible for the other parts of the tree to mature. The Neroli flower only has a small window for harvest—from mid-March to the end of April. JASMINE ABSOLUTE Jasmine is a species of more than 200 flowering vines and shrubs of the Oleaceae family. Known throughout history for its floral scent, Jasmine has been revered in countries such as China, Japan, and all throughout Southeast Asia. Pakistan has even designated Jasmine as its national flower. Jasmine differs from other oils because it is an absolute, which means the oil is extracted using a unique method. An absolute goes through a sophisticated process of separating the paraffins and waxes from the volatiles. This process allows for more of the aromatic compounds to be present in the absolute, resulting in an exquisite, yet potent final product. Due to the fragile nature of the Jasmine flower, steam distillation is too strenuous and will not produce the right compounds that we look for. H A RV E ST I N G F LOW E R S What do Jasmine and Neroli have in common? They are both cultivated in Egypt. It takes 1 ton of Jasmine flowers to produce 3 pounds of jasmine absolute—that’s approximately 6,000,000 flowers. Jasmine and Neroli flowers are not picked by machines, but rather by hand, one by one. This goes to show how much time and effort goes into producing such beautiful oils. Each individual flower is not only changing the lives of those using them, but changing the lives of those harvesting them. Hele, a veteran harvester from Egypt, started out like many other harvesters, trying to earn money for her family. Beginning her day at 2:30 am, Hele starts her harvest with a headlamp, basket, and her fingers. Each day the harvesters are only allotted a certain amount of bushes to pick in order 16 / WINTER 2018 LIVING MAGAZINE to prolong the life of the plant. Hele has been doing this for 10 years, getting faster and faster with time. Her speed has made it possible for her to get to other jobs and back to her family much quicker. When asked about her job, Hele says it is a great time to socialize with her friends. Many of the other harvesters are women in similar circumstances. This makes it more enjoyable and the time goes by much faster. Payments are fair and on time. In fact, the harvesters get to watch their loads get weighed to make sure the amount is correct. Hele may be just one harvester in Egypt, but her hard work in picking the flowers one by one makes it possible for us to enjoy the numerous benefits of Jasmine and Neroli. / 17