Balkan, Taiwan, Dubai and Oman Farms

BALKAN BOTANICAL FARM located in Manolovo, Bulgaria, this is one of our carefully selected partner farms.

Located in Bulgaria, one of the most valued rose-growing regions in the world, the Balkan Botanical Farm specializes in roses and has expanded its essential oil farm offerings to include Roman chamomile and valerian as part of its partnership with Young Living. The Balkan Botanical Farm builds upon the deep history and worldwide recognition of botanical farming in the region. This region specializes in cultivating superior roses. I use Rose oil on my face every morning in my DIY face serum.  I have noticed age spots beginning to fade and fine lines and wrinkles beginning to disappear.

Oils from this farm: Roman Chamomile essential oil, Valerian essential oil, Rose essential oil

Fun Fact: The Balkan Botanical Farm is also involved in promoting local cultural events, regional festivals, and educational opportunities for workers and their families.

TAIWAN COOPERATIVE FARM located in Taitung, Taiwan is a cooperative farm which is actually made up of smaller individual farm operations that each focus on different oils.

Like each unique operation, each oil has its own story and background that include its preservation, generational history and family significance, and the ingenuity and innovation necessary to create it. Oils from this farm are Jade Lemon, Hong Kuai, Xiang Mao and Camphor Wood.  Jade lemon is another one of my favorites.  It has a sweet citrusy scent which is so emotionally inspiring.

MAYDI FRANKINCENSE DISTILLERY located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is the farm where we get our Frankincense resin. The trees are actually scarred and will produce a sap like resin that is then harvested and used to distill the essential oil.  

This region has long revered frankincense for its luxurious fragrance and properties. The esteemed benefits of the frankincense tree are now available to homes around the world, and Young Living’s longstanding partnership has played an integral role in the process of making Frankincense oil more accessible. Frankincense is very earthy and has a grounding effect when inhaled, applied or diffused.  Frankincense can also support the respiratory system when needed.  There are so many great uses for Frankincense I couldn’t even begin to list them all here. In this location there is a distillery set up.

ARABIAN FRANKINCENSE DISTILLERY located in Muscat, Oman is where the Sacred Frankincense essential oil.

The limestone cliffs of Oman’s Dhofar Mountains provide the perfect environment for the frankincense tree to grow, and Young Living is the first and only company in the world to obtain permission to distill and export Omani Sacred Frankincense oil and bring it into the Western world. The Boswellia sacra trees in this region carry a rich history, having been harvested for the past 5,000 years. Today, their resin is harvested by the same method and on the same schedule as their ancestors, so they continue this centuries-old story.

It is the Sacred Frankincense that is distilled here. The same process that was used in Biblical times is still used today. If you ask what the difference is between the two frankincense oils, personally I like Frankincense as I feel it has a more earthy fragrance and I lean towards the earthy smelling oils a lot more.  The Sacred Frankincense has a slightly softer, somewhat sweet smell to it.  As far as how they work, I couldn’t say one is better over another for me.  If I am out of one and I feel the need for some Frankincense I will use what I have on hand.