Nepal and the Himalayas have been on my bucket list and calling me for years. I never imagined though that I would be able to visit the foothills of the Himalayas not as a tourist, but on a service trip.
In 3 short weeks, my daughter and I will be joining doTERRA, and a small group of other essential oil educators, to help build a school in a community devastated by the Spring 2015 earthquake.
doTERRA’s Commitment to excellence is not just to their products and customers. The company is dedicated to the people and communities from which the essential oils are sourced.
doTERRA seeks to reduce poverty through their program called Co-Impact Sourcing which helps by generating jobs, ensuring fair labor conditions, providing fair and on-time payments, promoting cooperatives and facilitating in community development.
doTERRA sources their essential oils from the countries to which they are indigenous which makes them highly potent, pure and effective. Their oils are not synthetically produced like so many of the essential oils we find in our stores!
Wintergreen native to Nepal is harvested by local villagers then distilled by community-owned distillation facilities. This process creates increased economic opportunity for very remote regions in rural Nepal.
The community where we will help to build a school is in the Ramechhap District, about 10 hours from Kathmandu. The community is in walking distance to the wintergreen fields and I’m super excited to be able to see first hand how Wintergreen is grown, harvested and distilled.
Wintergreen in Nepal
Wintergreen essential oil comes from the leaves of a creeping shrub, commonly found in coniferous areas. In order to thrive, Wintergreen requires a cool climate in a shady, heavily forested area, with very specific soil conditions. The unique growing requirements for Wintergreen make Nepal and China the sole providers of “wild harvested” Wintergreen in the world. Though many companies produce Wintergreen synthetically, the highest quality natural Wintergreen oil comes from these secluded foothills.
To harvest Nepalese Wintergreen, harvesters must travel through steep, muddy mountainsides, removing Wintergreen leaves from the shrub. Many of these harvesters are women, who leave their families early in the morning and carry heavy baskets of Wintergreen leaves on their backs until they are nearly overflowing. Full baskets are taken to the local distillery where large stills are filled to the brim with collected wintergreen leaves. The distillation process takes roughly 14 hours to complete—yielding a small amount of oil.
The Benefits of Wintergreen
I love to run, bike and hike and Wintergreen is an essential oil I massage onto my knees on a daily basis.
- The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally. Great for a warming soothing massage after exercise
- Has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating
- Wintergreen is frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring.
- Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise.
- Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor.
- Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Would You Like To Help?
1 .Families in Nepal are continuing to rebuild their lives. If you would like to help the Nepalese, the easiest way to do so is to buy the essential oil. Your purchase will help to improve the lives of the people devastated by the earthquake.
Go here to purchase. I suggest getting a wholesale membership ($35.00) so that you can get 25% off the retail price, not only for this purchase but for all purchases you make during your membership year. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
2. You can also help by sharing this blog and bringing attention to the people and how we can come together to help!