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In ancient times rosemary - from the Greek ‘dew of the sea’ - was a plant
both venerated and in everyday use. It was important as a medicinal plant and
was also used to adorn both gods and humans in ceremonial or sacred rituals. The
healing properties of the essential oil began to be more widely understood in
the Middle Ages. Rosemary asserts itself with heat and cold and its aroma
awakens inner forces and helps with fatigue, refreshing and stimulating. Oil of
rosemary is used in many Weleda body and hair care products and is also used in
The area around Ademuz in Spain has the perfect climate conditions for the
cultivation of rosemary, lavender and other aromatic plants. In winter it is
cold, in summer hot and dry. Here, Blas Aparicio operates the company Ecoaramuz,
which specialises in the ecological cultivation of aromatic plants as well as
certified wild collection of rosemary. The company produces essential oils for
Weleda in its own drying and distillation plant, about eight kilometers away in
a secluded mountain valley.
In the productive growing months of summer, Blas Aparicio takes 800 kg of
wild-collected leaves and twigs, by road, to the processing plant, where he
empties the entire truckload into the steam boiler. About an hour later
everything is imbued with the aroma of rosemary, as the essential oil separates
from the vapour by distillation. 800 kilos of brances will yield four kilograms
of oil, and Weleda needs about 5 to 6 tons of rosemary oil annually.
Ecoaromuz delivers most of this share so, to promote good development and to
build on reliable quantities, Weleda has entered into a long-term partnership
with the company. Weleda has financed the first delivery quantity and the
building of a second distillation.
Half an hour's drive from the village of Ademuz on a plateau, three employees
are busy with the certified wild collection on 9,500 hectares of land. It’s a
huge area, and up here it's hot, the sky is steel-blue and the air is clear. The
three workers gather the rosemary rapidly, using an electric saw to cut old
branches which are then collected by hand. Younger plants that have not yet
become woody are harvested with hand shears. One hectare of land will yield
about 50 kg of essential oil.
Anyone who buys oil from traders on the open market can never be one hundred
percent sure if the product is pure. For our high quality requirements, we place
trust in the hands of long-term, trustworthy and reliable partners who can
assure us of ecological cultivation and conscientious oil extraction in a single
place. With partnerships like this Weleda can support and encourage greater
sustainability to be valued more widely.
Sustainably sourced ratanhia from the Andes – used for dental care
Restores natural oils and prevents skin drying
Rosemary Leaf Oil is an essential oil, which is derived from its branches and flowering branch tips. Along with other natural essential oils it is used for aromatisation.
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