We recently headed to the Marula belt in South Africa for the annual Marula Harvest that takes place between January and April every year. This gorgeous area of South Africa is home of the untamed savannah, where lions and elephants freely roam.\n\n\n From the moment we arrived we were greeted by millions of majestic Marula trees all growing in the bush wherever they choose under the African sun. As we traveled across the land we met up with local women as they gathered the fallen fruit and hand cracked the nuts with small rocks to extract the precious oil-rich kernels from which the Marula oil comes. The African locals have used Marula oil for centuries to nourish and protect their skin from the harsh, dry weather conditions. We visited some of the community co-ops and loved meeting the wonderful women that put their hard work, dedication and effort into the sustainable harvesting of the Marula fruit and oil for all our products. We saw first-hand how precious the Marula trees are to nature and the local economy. The money earned by the ladies, helps to sustain and nurture 10 additional family members, buying food, clothing, shelter and mostly importantly building schools for their children. At African Botanics we proudly support the harvesting of our free trade Marula oil, but to go beyond that statement into the real heart of the actual communities was a heart warming honor as we saw first hand how many wonderful people directly benefit from the work they do on the land they love.\n\n\n More pictures to follow!