We harvest plants from their natural habitat without exposing them to chemicals, pesticides, or pollutants. We believe that the best essential oils come from a process that respects the environment. In addition to using sustainable gathering and distilling methods, we offset our carbon footprint by paying for wind and solar credits, so our entire process is carbon neutral.
People need wilderness of one form or another in their lives to be while. While gathering we strive to leave as little impact as possible. Here in southern Utah, the Bureau of Land Management (or BLM) owns and operates large swaths of land. Oftentimes the BLM will reseed hundreds of acres by tearing down older trees and replanting younger ones. We contact BLM and hike out to where the will be reseeding. We remove 2-3 inch clippings from the branches of these trees. We spend time out there, taking in the trees and the silence before they are going to be uprooted. For each batch of clippings we collect, we transplant one small pine tree from the BLM land to our backyard, so the forest may live on.
Back at our home still, we put the clippings in a small wood chipper. By using small chips instead of full tree clippings, we double or even triple the capacity of our still and save water and electricity on each distillation.
We re-use as much as we can from the distillation process. We remove the chippings from the still and use them as mulch in our garden. The water from the boiler (we call it a compost tea) is used to water our plants. And with the addition of a new chiller, we are able to re-use the same water in our condenser for multiple distillations, saving hundreds of gallons of water.