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

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Fundamentals

By developing a new ingredient in a new country, we can provide our clients with full visibility on the supply and stable pricing for Patchouli.
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KNOW THE SOURCE

Working directly with 150 families from the Mam ethnie, divided in 3 different regions of Guatemala.

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INVOLVE AND RESPECT

  • Patchouli production provides an additional income.
  • Long-term contract with a fixed price.
  • 100% of production purchased.
  • Sustainable agricultural practices:
    • Agroforestry system allowing the control of chemicals, and soil conservation.
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EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

    • Implementation of efficient stoves for every producers.
    • Implementation of drinkable water.
    • Trainings on waste management.
    • Trainings on forest conversation.The Path to poverty elimination is currently financed by an end-user client, since 2018. All the producers are using the stoplight methodology.
      Projects that are currently ongoing:
  • Women empowerement : More than 30% of our producers are women.
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TRANSPARENCY

100% fully traceable Essential Oil : from the seedling to the oil.

About Patchouli

Botany and production

Pogostemon Cablin is a tropical plant native from India, now grown mainly in Indonesia between 400 to 1,000m above sea level. It is a fast-growing shrub reaching up to 1m 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.

Botany and production

Pogostemon Cablin is a tropical plant native from India, now grown mainly in Indonesia between 400 to 1,000m above sea level. It is a fast-growing shrub reaching up to 1m 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.

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.

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

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

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 our vision and mission of empowerment of local communities, we then transferred the project to 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 …

History of Patchouli

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

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 our vision and mission of empowerment of local communities, we then transferred the project to 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 products

Patchouli Essential Oil

Dried patchouli leaves from our communities are steam distilled in stainless steel stills to produce a high quality, sustainable patchouli Essential Oil.

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