My daughter has always been a magnet for mosquitoes; they flock to her like she’s the local favorite fast food joint. Without a hearty protective insecticide, she has five to ten welts within minutes, and this is while the rest of us remain entirely unscathed. While my family has long been an advocate for organic and natural product, I am an citrus grower, and insecticides and herbicides have long been a part of my reality.
With the guidance of a few knowledgeable folks, I set out to learn about organic methods for cultivating oranges and as a byproduct of this process I also began to discover native Florida plants and their applications in essential oils. Beautyberry, a plant that grows wild in Florida, was abundantly available in and around our groves. I found it everywhere on backwoods hikes. It was even in our own yard in downtown Fort Myers. We decided to distill the oil of the beautyberry leaves into a natural, organic product.
Another wonderful result of my exploration into natural products unveiled the answer to a long dreamed of goal of mine – how to access and utilize the fragrances and attributes found in the flowers and leaves of the orange trees. We again developed a process whereby we could distill the oils from the orange leaves.
It is exciting to explore the attributes and qualities of the elements of nature that present themselves right outside our very doors. It has been an amazing journey transforming these plants into viable products that satisfy our daily needs. We are delighted to share them with you and will keep you posted on more to come.
PAULOPOLIS – “Nectar of the Earth” – Wauchula, Florida