Patchouli production in Guatemala is a new crop developed exnhilo by NELIXIA to offer a sustainable alternative to the market.

Nelixia’s products

• Patchouli essential oil



• 150 families
• 4 communities
• 100% of production purchased
• Fixed price


1. Create a sustainable patchouli
2. Provide additional income and purchase security
3. Hedge our clients

Create a sustainable patchouli

Our patchouli is traceable, from the seedling to the oil. We know each and every farmer and provide them continuously with technical assistance.

Provide additional income and purchase security

Patchouli is a shade crop, so farmers can develop in association with their current crop (banana, coffee…) providing them with an additional income. We also commit to purchase 100% of the production a fixed price, giving them security when cultivating.

Hedge our clients

By developing a new product in a new country, we can provide our clients with full visibility on the supply and pricing of patchouli, aiming to hedge them against market variations.


We developed strong ties with local cooperatives. We trace the product to each producer, and in many cases have georeferenced their producing parcels.

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Training on climbing best practices, and contracting of an insurance policy for our producing partners.


The main problem comes from the lack of visibility in selling their products. To address this concern, we commit to purchase 100% of the production of our harvesters and pre-finance the crop, so they can be paid upfront.

Furthermore, we have sensitized certain of our clients to the price problem and managed to convince them to help us establish a minimum price and a premium.

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• Fairwild : Premium prices
• 20% increase in production

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About Patchouli


Pogostemon Cablin is a tropical plant native from India, now grown mainly in Indonesia between 400 to 1000 m above sea level. It is a fast-growing shrub reaching up to 1 m high. Its leaves are very similar to those of mint, but larger. They are extremely fragrant, especially when dried and subjected to a fermentation process.

Our value chain

Guatemala is a very fertile country, with more than 300 microclimates, allowing it to develop virtually any crop.

Learning about the low sustainability and lack of traceability of the patchouli value chain, we decided to develop this new crop in Guatemala, controlling the full value chain. After a successful R&D in our own fields, we moved to grow this crop partnering with local communities in an agroforestry model, as a way to support those communities through an alternative to their traditional crops.

History of Patchouli in Guatemala

Patchouli production in Guatemala is a new crop developed exnhilo by NELIXIA to offer a sustainable alternative to the market. We control the entire chain of production, from seedlings to the agricultural plantation, distillation, and quality control.

Given the limited existing literature on patchouli and novelty in Guatemala, we set up an R&D protocol to learn how to work locally with this plant. Starting with a 70-year old acclimatized plant, we implemented a 50 ha plantation in order to develop a specific operating manual. According to it’s Fundamental vision and mission of empowerement of local communities, today this project is only developed by Guatemalan communities.

NELIXIA has imagined its own agricultural productions as a research center in order to develop real expertise that could be transmitted to local communities:
• Propagation: Nursery 1 ha – humidity tests, type of ground
• Plantation dedicated to R&D – Test of shading, association, maintenance, type of cut…
• Drying: Structure on several floors – Tests of drying duration, fermentation …


Patchouli essential oil

Dried patchouli leaves from our communities are steam distilled in stainless steel stills to produce a highly qualitative, sustainable patchouli essential oil.