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"Fresh foods are rich in prana, or life force." She describes that they are "alive with Nature's own intelligence and hence, tremendously healing to us... (whereas) processed, refined, radiated foods lack any life or nutritious value."
--from Essential Ayurveda and e-mails by Shubrah Krishan
Why Organic Oils?
We consider organics to be the 'freshest foods' in organic oils and the only way we can be certain that when they were growing they were not toxified with pesticides. As we discuss below the rest depends on the trust developed from working with each distiller.
Remember our primary goal is to provide essential oils at a cost you can afford so you will use more in your daily life. So you have to ask "why are we recommended organic essential oils that are usually more expensive. "
And yes organics can be more expensive but we have found that third world farmers don't always charge more. They save expenses by not using pesticides. We are finding more and more farmers that grow organically but then their harvest just gets thrown in with non-organic plant material when it's distilled. Even then the price increase is more likely to be added on the side of the marketer who feels he can charge more to the consumer. We don't add that financial burden onto our clients.
In the last couple of years, organic spices and oils are a fast-growing segment of the organic market. Sales are growing 35 percent annually, more than double the 16 percent growth rate of spices and oils farmed through chemically intensive agriculture. It indicates that consumers are beginning to appreciate the difference and are willing to pay for it. It does not mean they have to pay more.
Also the new trend toward organic spices and oils is healthy. Non-organic spices, for example, though they may constitute a very small part of a meal, pose serious potential health problems. Spices, like all plants, acquire a variety of natural contaminants while in the ground, including bacteria, parasites, insects, yeast and molds. Unlike organic spice producers, who use steam and ozone to combat these natural predators, non-organic spice producers often use irradiation or ethylene oxide, a chemical that is a known carcinogen. Spices and oils are allowed to have some of the highest amounts of radiation treatment for any food product.
Many of the small family farms we work with already understand the problems because they've observed its effect on their land and the well being of their families and communities. So meeting them and providing support and education on organic certification regulations, along with a market for their products, give many growers the comfort to convert to organic. In Indonesia we work with the Patchouli farmers to promote practices such as intercropping, crop rotation and vermiculture (worm recycling systems). We also promote soil conservation and erosion-control methods.
We are beginning to work with on organic development directly with farmers and grower coops in China, India and the United States. We are seeing slight but hopeful increases in production at a couple of the organic farms that will get the farmers more money and us more oil.
We are seeing the greatest increases in oil production wherever we can afford to improve a family's distillation equipment. Anytime we invest in better equipment for the locals in a third world country we see better quality and bigger volume. This season we will be distilling Patchouli at our own plant in Indonesia and next season hopefully get it certified organic.
Marketers and retail stores figure if you can say it's organic you can get more money. Our thinking is the opposite. We believe in a few more years if we stay with the small variety of oils that we offer, the price difference between commercial and organic products won't be that different. Our goal is to get you organics for what your now paying for non-organic oils.
Another important difference between organic and non organic spices and oils is that most conventional spice and oil traders are accustomed to spot purchasing, being able to shop around for the best price and still secure just-in-time delivery. This just doesn't work with organics. For it to work to work in the long run it's all about the lasting personal relationships you create because if there isn't a heightened understanding that "We're in this together," it just doesn't work.
The agreements we make with the farmers, their families and communities is not well the commodity market says "there is a glut crop this year so the prices are at rock bottom." We offer a fair price they can live with when the crops or scarce or plentiful so that they can depend on getting the same amount year after year. Not surprising when the prices go up we still get what we ordered at the same price and if we can cut back a little on the amount we will so they can sell more of their crops to traders.
In summary, we want to support the healthier trend for more and more consumers being willing to pay for organics just as we prefer working and supporting organic farmers. Although, there is no research that has been conclusive to prove organic pure essential oils are superior to non-organic oils as regard to their therapeutic use. However, at least we know they do not contain pesticides, and we feel it's fair to presume they are better for you. Lastly, I have to admit that I'm an odor addict--I'd travel to foreign and most primitive places anyhow to collect fragrances.
Organic oils are what we specialize in. It's what we do best and we love doing it for you.
© 2011 Daisy
"Food nourishes the body,
but flowers nourish the soul."