At the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood reforestation partner farm of YLEO’s Grada and I chanced upon an amazing story of reunion or maybe reconciliation;
A very weathered older gentleman overseeing one of the distillation processes of the sandalwood oil asked us where we were from. “Tasmania”. “Tasmania” he mused, “I’ve never been any further south than this island.” It’s nicknamed the Big Island. We’re about 8000 feet up in the ranges above Kona on the west side of the island. Beautiful clear skies, temperatures around mid 20s. We were being engulfed with beautiful wafts of sandalwood aroma as it was being steam distilled at 100 degrees celsius.
We’d left from the luxurious confines of the Hilton Complex a couple of hours prior with instructions to take something warmer to put on as it can be at least 10 degrees cooler. Not today, I could have worn my shorts afterall! After lining up for our turn at the portaloos, (the trees weren’t big enough) we split into two groups – one to the distillery and one to the propagation area.
Tawn led us to the hothouse which housed a dozen to 20 trays of young seedlings. Some trays had pots with single sandalwood trees with yellowish leaves. After the others left Grada and I experimented feeling the plants energy field. The yellow leaf ones on their own had very shrunken fields.
(When you come to Grada’s ‘Principles of Healing’ and ‘Reflexology’ workshops she will teach you how to feel the energy field of anything living.)
In other pots along side a much happier sandalwood seedling was another variety of tree. Tawn explained they need a host plant that they can draw nitrogen from. Their roots intertwine with each other and the sandalwood thrives from the nitrogen obtained from its host. So they companion plant their sandalwood everytime! These plants had a much larger energy field.
Harry (not his real name), the old distiller who hadn’t been further south than Hawaii, began his story. “I grew up in the Bronx and in ’74 decided I didn’t want to keep going the way of my older brother.” His gnarled features may have contained a few scars and the angle of his nose suggested at least one fracture in the past. We could tell he preferred to forget that earlier part of his life. “I came here to Hawaii in 1974.”
The owners son who was our guide around the distillery had told us earlier that Harry was a retired policeman who didn’t like being retired so he came there 4 days at a time to help them reforest the mountain. When the Americans came to Hawaii, the cowboys came along with their herds of cattle. They cleared the rough volcanic land and brought a South African twitch called Kyquoja grass to cover the lava beds to feed their cattle. It had done a tremendous job because it even grew where there was no apparent soil, only black lava stones.
Harry was telling us he had two brothers, one on Maui (another Hawaiian island) and the other in the States somewhere and they hadn’t been together since 1972! That was until just a few days ago. They’d been together on Maui for the first time since 1972. “I had to come back to fire this fellow up,” pointing to the still. That particular still had been given to the farm from “a cousin”. Everyone is a “cousin”, “uncle” or “auntie” on the islands including Harry who hadn’t seen one of his brothers for 45 years. We asked him how it was being together after all that time. “Oh well, the pecking order is still the same,” he laughs, “the older ones put the younger ones down just the same”, “no it was good, normal” , “the connection was still there”, “we’re brothers, maybe not quite like it is here on the islands but it was good.” Harry had to part ways with his brothers for a few days to come and fire up this “new” still especially for our tour. You could see and hear his enthusiasm for the sandalwood oil.
I wonder secretly whether it was the oil that had done its work? We call essential oils “kinergetics in a bottle.” With kinergetics we shift energetic and emotional block that keep people trapped sometimes for generations. Here were three brothers reunited after 47 years, after Harry had retired from work and began distilling Sandalwood essential oil mainly for the love of it and for his fellow islanders, and to help reforest his island. The sandalwood oil may have shifted all the barriers to bring them back together. We’ve heard it happen more than once. Another woman who hadn’t heard from her son for over 20 years began using and diffusing the Young Living Essential Oils and guess what? He rang up out of the blue! We have a wall at home of family photos. We have a diffuser with oils going nearly all the time.
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Seeing the process from harvesting dead or dying sandalwood trees through debarking, chipping, milling and distilling I realised that royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is priceless!
The Big Island is the only place where the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oil is available from and it comes with organic certification.
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