CHARACTERISTICS OF MARULA OIL
BENEFITS OF MARULA OIL
SHEA TERRA’S MARULA OIL
Our marula oil comes from Namibia, located south west of Africa. A lot of marula collection centers are far away from the cities because the marula tree mainly grows wild on communal land. There also some privately owned marula estates too. But Shea Terra sources only wild harvested marula oil whereby local women will collect the marula fruits from the wild. This will help to preserve the environment & give the women a sustainable income.
Each day during the fruiting season, foragers will collect marula fruits that fell onto the ground since the marula trees are a little too high to climb. They will bring the fruits to the collection center whereby the marula seeds will be separated from the fruit & then sun dried. After being dried for a few days, people will cut the marula seed into half & extract the marula meat inside. Once the marula meat have been gathered in large bags, they are sent to a mill that will extract the oil via cold pressed method. This is the preferred method of extraction to preserve as much of its nutrients as possible.
Shea Terra’s founder; Tammie, carefully selected the good mills to ensure the marula oil she sells worldwide are ethically sourced & supports not only the local communities but also the ecosystem in Namibia.