Magnolia Magnolia (China)


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Magnolia Michelia alba

Used in Chinese traditional health practices for hundreds of years, Magnolia is known for its emotional benefits along with a fresh and compellingly sweet aroma.

Why China?

The magnolia tree has species scattered throughout South Asia, the Pacific, and North America, however, we source our essential oil from magnolia trees in southern China due to their especially fragrant, beautiful aroma.

How does it work?

Magnolia trees were once quite large. Traditionally, farmers harvesting the flowers had to erect scaffolding around the trees to access and pick the Magnolia flowers. At some point, the trees were cultivated to make the trees shorter so the flowers would be easier to pick. The trees start growing in giant wooden or cement containers. Once they have reached a mature size, the trees are planted in the ground, but they remain in the containers. The trees continue to grow, but they grow outwards rather than up, which makes harvesting easier, safer, and quicker for the harvesters.

The essential oil comes from the magnolia flower. Flowers are picked from the tree by hand, then spread out to dry for a few hours before distilling. Magnolia flowers can be harvested twice a year: first in the summer, and again in the late fall or early winter.

Generating Jobs

By sourcing our Magnolia essential oil in southern China, we are providing and supporting jobs for the local farmers, harvesters, and distillers in rural areas.



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