Sustainable Development

As the essential oil market continues to expand, it is critical to understand and protect the ecosystems where the plants that produce these oils grow. Sustainability is a process comprised of identifying steps that lead to more resilient and diverse natural and human systems.

Simply put, “Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Currently, it is a key initiative for cooperation at the global level. At APRC® we believe the time is now to address urgent issues in the essential oil sector so that it can provide essential oils responsibly.


We conduct research and assessments under 4 thematic areas:

Wildcrafted Forest Species

Essential oils such as Frankincense, Palo Santo, and Spikenard are harvested from plants that grow wild, not in plantations.

Cultivated Species

Oils such as Lavender, Rosemary, and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) are harvested from plants grown on cultivated farms.

New and Emerging Species

Thousands of plant species produce essential oils, many of which have not yet been discovered, distilled, and tested.

Threatened and Endangered Species

Some of the species that produce essential oils—especially those harvested in the wild—are in danger of decline and extinction.