ANDEAN MATICO ESSENTIAL OILRegular price $52.00
Botanical: Piper elongatum
Harvest: Sustainably wildcrafted
Plant Part: Leaf & flower
Source: Andean Mountains, Peru
Extraction: Steam distillation, Stainless steel
Sips of mountain air slow the breath and widen consciousness.
A dash of pepper calls forth wildness and clarity from on high.
Piper elongatum belongs to the Piperaceae or pepper family. Commonly called Matico or Moqo Moqo, this tropical evergreen is native to forests in Bolivia and Peru at elevations of 3,200 to 9,200 feet. Like many plants in the pepper family, most parts of the Matico tree have an aromatic, spicy aroma. The Spanish name comes from a South American legend. It is said that the plant was discovered by a wounded Spanish soldier named Matico, who learned from the natives that applying the leaves to his wounds stopped them from bleeding. Thus it began to be called "Matico" or "soldier’s tree."
This is a unique and rare essential oil, sustainably wild harvested and distilled by a community in Peru. Its scent is clean and crisp to the nose like a breath of fresh Andean air, smooth and cool with subtle undertones of eucalyptus, mint, and a dash of white peppercorns. We work closely with the community and have intentions for a larger distillation next season.
In various regions of Peru and Bolivia, Matico has traditionally been prescribed in the form of inhalations, compresses, poultices, and steam baths for respiratory ailments, digestive support, and muscle pain. Bio Alchemy Olfactive Matico can be enjoyed in a diffuser, diluted in carrier oils and applied topically to the skin, or simply inhaled throughout the day.
To maximize the longevity of our essential oils please store away from direct sunlight and heat. Please use with care and dilute properly. Avoid contact with eyes, keep out of reach of children, do not take internally.
A collaboration with nature
We believe in fostering curiosity and reverence for nature’s biodiversity, employing a scientific and holistic approach to our creations that inspires a reconnection with our most primordial sense and elicits a shift in consciousness.
Nature is our ultimate guide
With profound admiration for botanical species native to climate zones across the world, we strive to spread awareness about the need to conserve the beautiful lands that allow these plants to thrive while giving back to local and indigenous communities that have cultivated them for centuries.
To ensure efficacy and an experience of the highest quality Bio Alchemy Olfactive travels the world to source each botanical ingredient and offering, working closely with farmers, ethnobotanists, harvesters, distillers, and surrounding communities.
Traceability and sustainability are integral to our work. The botanical materials that make up our collection are sourced with an eye towards sustainable growth practices, mindful cultivation and extraction, and reverence for the cultural traditions that have dictated their use for centuries.
All products are formulated in Bio Alchemy Olfactive’s private lab with exclusively sourced ingredients. Each bottle is hand poured, labeled and packaged. Our packaging, from shipping boxes, water activated tape, and protective wrap to shipping labels are plastic free and made from 100% post consumer waste with recycled ink, making them fully recyclable and naturally biodegradable. No forests are damaged in production.
Products packaged in glass vials are intended for reuse and are tied with hand spun natural Peruvian alpaca twine from the women of a small community with whom we work.
We prioritize eco-friendly and responsibly sourced packaging materials in effort to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible.