The Sustainable Harvesting of Frankincense Resin

It is our aim to share the profit amongst all those involved in the production chain as well as leaving an intact ecological, economic and social environment for future generations in the areas of farming. The basis is a responsible management of the enterprise – also concerning an effective sustainability policy. For that purpose, we are engaged in an ongoing process of development of our production methods in order to keep the trees healthy and improve the livelyhoods of our partners in Somalia.

Empowering the Regions of Origin by Purchasing Olibanum Resin and Essential Oils
It is important to understand the complex interactions between the situation of the farmers, the sensitive flora and fauna and the harvesting methods in Somalia. The biodiversity and the culture in this area can only survive when these factors keep their balance. By buying our frankincense products, you support this aim and help in the development of a remote region: Puntland, Somalia.

With our products, you support the nature in Puntland, Somalia, and make a valuable contribution to the regional development.

Regional Development

Puntland is one of the poorest regions of Somalia. Our local partners are a team consisting of landowners, farmers and farm hands. The frankincense resin is an indespensible source of income for them and their families and has been so for generations. In order to help inducing a sustainable economic development of the region, we purchase the raw materials at fair prices and try to establish long lasting trade partnerships based on mutual respect.

8 Reasons Why We Buy Raw Materials from Partners Engaging in Sustainable Farming

As mentioned above, the frankincense tree grows in semidesert areas on dry, rocky soils. These trees can survive droughts of up to 2 years without a single drop of rain. It takes 40 years before a tree is ready for resin harvesting. They can grow up to 100 years of age despite the extreme climate. It is very important for us, according to a millenia-old rule, to harvest the incense trees only to the extent that they received rain at the beginning of the year. Since there are often droughts, we support our local partners with food, water and medicines in these dificult periods in order to prevent an early harvesting, to keep the trees in good condition and to secure the livelyhood of the farmers. In addition, we make sure that the trees have a year of recovery after two years of harvesting. We rely on skilled labour to secure that only careful expert cuts are made to avoid damaging the bark unnecessarily. We try to educate the local partners on the principles of sustainability and take special care to protect the “mother trees”, as they are called. They are not harvested for enabling them to focus on the production of high-quality seeds for the future generations.

After this background information, now the 8 reasons mentioned above:

1.Harvesting by following traditional rules of sustainability
2.Supporting the farmers in times of drought
3. Protecting the frankincense trees and keeping them healthy
4. Securing the livehood of our local partners
5. Securing times of recovery for the regeneration of the trees
6. Using only expert methods in harvesting
7. Educating the producers about the necessity of sustainability
8. Leaving mother trees alone to secure a viable seed production

Quality Guarantee

Each step in the production line from harvesting to the distillation of the resin is permanently controlled by us. We believe in a controlled harvesting and careful handling of the material in which the resin is peeled, cleaned and selected according to strict regulations. The quality of the essential oils is decisively dependent on the purity of the resin. For that reason, we have each delivery analysed by an independent laboratory. This ensures neither contamination by pesticides, diluents nor blending with low quality resins – so we ensure a consistently high product quality for our customers.

To cut things short, we guarantee:

• The implementation of strict rules
• Controlled harvesting
• Careful treatment of the raw materials in Somalia
• Analysis of each delivery by an independent laboratory
• No contamination
• No blending with inferior resins
• A permanent high quality of the products