ESSENTIAL OIL FOCUS: Sandalwood

The use of Sandalwood as an essential oil is highly documented and dates back thousands of years. It is a group of woods that, unlike other aromatic woods, retains its fragrance for decades. α-Santlol, a sesquiterpene isolated from Sandalwood, is known for a variety of therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial activities. Sandalwood can…

The Co-Impact Story of Ylang-Ylang

On the island of Nosy Be, just off the northwest coast of Madagascar, the branches of ylang ylang trees stretch out parallel to the ground. The careful growers purposefully prune them that way to make it easier to harvest the tree’s blossoms. But even as the blossoms become easier to reach, sustainable income from their…