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Kenya Essential Oil Distiller

pic01_470Lubanchem Limited was named after the company's signature product--“Luban”--the Somali word for Frankincense, or the Boswellia species.

The company is registered and based in Nairobi, Kenya. From their humble beginnings in 2002, the company now has its own facilities with 12,500 square feet of production area.

Due to its ability to adapt and change proactively, the company has progressed and expanded. This success is in large part due to Lubanchem’s commitment to research, development and application of the latest technologies.

Lubanchem works with communities and women’s groups in the war-torn regions of Somalia, as well as in the arid and semi-arid regions of Northeastern Kenya, to help them create regular sources of income.

The long, drawn-out civil war and unrest in Somalia has had profound effects on the nation as a whole.

The men are fighting the war, leaving the women to fend for themselves and the children. Due to the lack of a stable infrastructure, work is difficult to find, especially for the uneducated--collection and sale of the gum resin is the primary and only source of income for many families in the region.

Quality is uppermost in Lubanchem's considerations--not only the quality of its products but also of its management, policy making, environmental protection, and social presence. The company aims to be a competitive global supplier in promoting the holistic benefits of wild-crafted organic essential oils. They are proud of their flexibility, attention to customer wishes and results-orientated approach.

Essential oils distilled and sold by Lubanchem

Frankincense species:

  • Boswellia carterii
  • Boswellia frereana
  • Boswellia sacra
  • Boswellia neglecta
  • Boswellia rivea
  • Myrrh essential oil -- Commiphora myrrha
  • Opopanax essential oil -- Commiphora guidotti
  • Cinnamon bark and leaf essential oil -- Cinnamon zeylanicum
  • African wild sage -- Tarchonanthus camphoratus

Lubanchem accepts wire transfer for essential oil payments, as they have no credit card system set up.  You can email them through their website if you wish to order oils.  (Note: ordering from this company is best if you're looking to import a large quantity of oil.)

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Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: distillers, aromahead, aromahead institute, aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Our Distiller Trips, Frankincense, Kenya, Myrrh, Opoponax

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