The first photo is in northern Australia with blue cypress. We do not just cut down trees and leave. We insist they must be sustainably grown.
I went to Madagascar to help these people and to teach them about distillation and planting of vetiver. They were distilling it the wrong way, and I had to take the lid off.
It was one of those times when God really orchestrated proper timing. They had closed the lid and were ready to fire the chamber when I arrived. The moment I saw the swan neck, I yelled and told the lady, stop, please stop, shut it down, and open the lid. She had put a valve on the swan neck and had it closed. It became a pressure vessel, and if she had charged that chamber with steam, it would have exploded and killed everybody within 10 feet of it.
So it was pretty scary, and I’m just grateful that I was there to be part of eliminating that disaster. So we unloaded it and I showed them how to prep the vetiver for distillation. I also taught them different ways of planting.