WHO WE ARE
Ezinqoleni Essential Oils (EEO) was established in 2010 and is based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our 'Farm-to-Finish' philosophy covers all aspects of the production of our essential oils from supply of essential oils plant seedlings to the sale of top quality, pure and unadulterated essential oils. We use sustainable farming practices and support and mentor over 550 independent growers. We employ a direct 'farm-to-market' international trade model which directly benefits our emerging essential oils farmers.
WHAT WE DO
ORGANIC SEEDLING SALES
Our hothouses & seedling nursery provide a perfect growing environment, delivering all the nutritional requirements to produce strong and robust essential oil plant seedlings.
We propagate from proven plant varieties to ensure a consistent oil yield and quality, keeping us at the forefront of our industry.
All field plantings are standardised across our own farms as well as our affiliate growers to ensure we employ the best sustainable farming practices throughout our industry. We use both organic and conventional farming methods, depending on the grower's individual requirements. Our knowledgeable team of extension officers provide guidance and support to all affiliate outgrowers.
Over the past ten years, our unique business approach has enabled over 550 farming families move from subsistence farming to a more sustainable industry. A reliable and predictable income provides our affiliated independent growers with financial security. Pictured below is Alphious in his flourishing Tea Tree plantation.
DISTILLATION & OIL EXTRACTION
Our growers harvest mature plants and deliver their biomass to our distillation plant where the essential oils are extracted by steam distillation. The extracted oil is weighed and analysed for quality before export.
For transparency, growers are encouraged to be present during the distillation process.