New Heights for Nepal through Cō-Impact Sourcing®
High in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, a small group of women gathers in the early morning light. They carry hooked machetes and large woven baskets with thick straps. These straps will eventually rest on the tops of their heads when they are loaded with the day’s harvest—the dark green branches and leaves of Nepalese wintergreen, Gaultheria fragrantissima. These women brave the steep muddiness of the mountains on a regular basis to provide for their families and keep out of poverty. Now, especially after the earthquakes and aftershocks that flattened the countryside of Nepal, having work has become ever more necessary for survival.
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- Wintergreen essential oil has a higher density than water, causing the oil to sink to the bottom when dropped into water.
- Highly labor-intensive to produce, Wintergreen is one of the lowest essential oil yielding plants known.
- Although Gaultheria fragrantissima and Gaultheria procumbens share the same therapeutic benefits and chemical compositions in the oil, they are distinctly different species with unique aromas and colors. Nepalese Wintergreen is pinker in color with a sweeter, earthier aroma.