Calling All Holistipreneurs
Hear ye, hear ye, my fellow Zimbabweans…opportunities abound for those with eyes to see, ears to hear and the heart to act! We decided to do this blog to highlight some of the health and economical opportunities which arise from our locally grown produce. Considering that cancer is the leading cause of death in Zimbabwe, these opportunities will not only enrich your individual life, but the health of your family, community and even country. Zimbabwe is exploding with natural resources that are not fully enjoyed that can take our citizens to the next level of health.
Cosmeceutical Seed Oils
There are several wild trees whose seeds, when cold pressed, yield extremely valuable cosmetic oils. Many of these trees are quite abundant in Zimbabwe, yet we eat the fruits and throw away the seeds whose oils retail for between $8.00 and $28.00 (US) per fluid ounce (29.6 ml.) There are also regular vegetable seeds that are valuable as well.
Savvy people can organize fair trade women’s cooperatives in rural and high density areas to orchestrate for the collection of seeds. People can also invest the money to attain the proper equipment for cold pressing, while yet more opportunities exist for people in the diaspora and at home to market these oils to larger organizations and businesses.
There is also a role to be played creating scientific reports on the value of seed oils that may be unique to Zimbabwe but are yet to be explored. There are many labs overseas, and possibly even locally or regionally that can make that analysis for you for a fee.
People abroad respond very positively to fair trade motivated businesses, that they know are helping people to develop their communities with dignity, as well as allowing an otherwise severely economically challenged person to receive fair wages for a day’s work, instead of remaining impoverished while the big boss on top gets all the profits.
Here is a list of the oils that I know for a fact, from my own experience of making cosmetics, to be valuable: carrot seed, marula, baobab, moringa, wild melon seed, watermelon seed, camelia (from the tea plant), green coffee bean, avocado oil, papaya seed oil, prickly pear seed and hemp oil.
In addition to being financially lucrative, these oils are also highly beneficial to the health of the skin, hair and scalp. It is quite worrisome to see the abundance of toxic, petroleum based or laden products on the shelves of all the shops in Zimbabwe. If I think of many top brands be they local or imported, they all contain high amounts of ingredients that are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), that are linked to infertility, organ toxicity and ironically cause skin and scalp disorders.
Simple regimens and natural regimens are a multi-billion dollar business and the big companies are all beginning to pay attention to this shift in consumer awareness. Zimbawean holistipreneurs – now is the time to get your foot in the door before the market becomes too crowded.
Stay tuned for more updates on other potentially lucrative and beneficial health and natural lifestyle related ventures that are just waiting for a few brave souls to pioneer.
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