The local women gather inside an airy, corrugated iron shed in Kathmandu, Nepal. Greeted by the diligent sound of an old Muskan sewing machine and mounds of ethically-sheered fleece, the women set to work pulling, shaping, rolling and bathing the soft, warm fabric by hand, until an army of white woollen balls carpet the floor out the back, each one perfectly similar to the next.
Some are here as part of a humanitarian program set up by Raksha Nepal to rescue and rehabilitate victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Nepal. Others are here to simply earn a livelihood by taking advantage of safe working conditions and fair wages.
As part of doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing program, this initiative gives under-privileged women the skills they need to improve their economic wellbeing and gives us access to lovingly handcrafted Nepalese wool dryer balls.
100% wool dryer balls and 100% cotton bag.
Made with love, these handmade dryer balls and bag provide needed jobs and income to help improve the economic well-being of women in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The dryer balls are created from organic, chemical and dye-free wool harvested according to international ethical sheering standards.
Place one to four drops of doTERRA Wintergreen essential oil onto the wool dryer balls.
Toss two to four dryer balls with laundry in the dryer to reduce drying time, and to help leave fabrics soft and smelling fabulous.
Once done, remove and reuse over and over again.
doTERRA WINTERGREEN ESSENTIAL OIL 15ML
The fog hangs low on the snow-capped mountains of Nepal as the village women rise early to start their day. For many, the winding trek up the ridge is a daily ritual, and one they endure with pride to collect the shiny, aromatic leaves of the wild Wintergreen plant. The women descend from the forest with baskets on their heads weighing up to 30kg, brimming with leaves ready for community-based distillation.
For many local families, the sale of the Wintergreen leaves means they can afford to send their children to school and access essential items such as food and medicine.
The Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Nepal allows doTERRA to source high quality Wintergreen oil while increasing the economic opportunity of harvesters in very remote regions of rural Nepal.
Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties to the skin. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.
When diffused, Wintergreen essential oil has a refreshing, uplifting aroma
to help enliven the senses. Through doTERRA’s Co–Impact Sourcing initiative, our Wintergreen comes from Nepal where it is wild harvested by rural villagers then distilled by community-owned distillation facilities. This process helps create increased economic opportunity for very remote regions in rural Nepal.
Wintergreen essential oil has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent as part of a soothing massage. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with a carrier oil to minimise any skin sensitivity.