Last month was all about Palo Santo. It is very interesting that Palo Santo tree has to die on its own and lie on the ground for 2-4 years before being distilled into the high quality essential oil in our cupboards. Now lets talk about an herb that anyone who loves pizza or spaghetti will enjoy learning about: Oregano! I loved being able to smell Oregano when I visited the Young Living Ecuador farm last summer. Our tour guide invited us to take a leaf of the plant and I enjoyed breathing deep its strong, woodsy scent. To me Oregano smells like power, like courage, it makes me think “maybe skydiving with Nicolette (my daughter) for her 18th birthday won’t be so bad after all!”
Today Young Living’s Ecuador Farm owns thirty acres lined with row after row of Oregano and there are plans to expand the acreage and increase the production of Italian food’s best friend. Oregano plants are grown from seeds that were sown into the ground instead of seedlings (baby plants) and take 5 months to be ready for harvest. All of the Oregano harvesting must be done before the year ends because in Ecuador January through March is the monsoon season and the tractors and other equipment would become stuck in the mud trying to get the harvest in. Currently working on Young Living’s Ecuador farm are 82 employees, but with nearly 2000 acres to maintenance and care for there is no way that they can do all that needs to be done so contractors are hired. When needed groups of 20 to 25 contractors are hired to help on the farm but something great about the Ecuador farm is that the people who are hired are locals who need a way to provide for their family. So as Young Living produces pure, high quality oils for the world, they are also giving back to the communities that they work in by providing good jobs.
Did you know that Oregano is in the mint family? Did you know that it is related rosemary? Did you know that all 30 acres of Oregano must be weeded twice a year…. by hand? When the plants are small and fragile the weeds must be pulled up by the roots manually but once the plants become more sturdy, machetes help to speed up the weeding process. Oregano is an extremely powerful herb that is grown with respect at Young Living Ecuador farm and we have the benefit of using the potent, pure oil that is distilled from it in or lives for everything from pizza sauces to fighting viruses.