Journey to Vanamoolika – Part 1
Love-Labor & Determination

By Paul Penders, CEO & Founder

I am now in India, actually in Vanamoolika which is a story like no other. It is a heartwarming story about Ayurveda and one built on love, labor and determination.

Because I desperately want to know more about Ayurveda (when Joji from India visited us in Langkawi Geopark), I also stumbled on a great story about women that any woman in the world wants to know.

Vanamoolika is an organization run entirely by women.

All money go to women and their families. Only women are in charge of all operations.

Vanamoolika is a community place initiated by a Catholic priest some 20 years ago in a rural area of India. Here is a small dedicated Ayurvedic healing institute and government GMP licensed processing plant of some 700 certified organic medical herbs and plants.

I have been offered to stay at the premises for 5 days to learn more about the cultivation of certified organic medical herbs and plants. In addition I will be getting a 4-day Ayurvedic treatment as well.

From Langkawi Geopark rainforest island I arrived late evening in Kerala, India, after I took no less than 4 flights plus an additional 7-hour drive through winding roads, passing small communities and massive mountains until we reached an amazing, beautiful area at 5,000 feet high above sea level. This place is called Vanamoolika.

Vanamoolika is 5000 feet above sea level
Vanamoolika is 5000 feet above sea level

After 18 hours of traveling I was offered a great vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by the community and then was escorted to a comfortable wooden hut that made entirely from 20 different medicinal trees! This will be my home for 5 days at Vanamoolika.

I am getting relaxed after so much traveling; a feeling of peace descends on me. Not only because of the way and the materials of what the structure is made but also the smell, the fragrance of the wood.

I am totally amazed with this social entrepreneurial community of idealistic professionals and native people who live here with their families scattered over 15 acres of land. Everyone is giving their lives for the growth of the best herbs and medicinal plants, processing them into authentic certified organic medicines according to the most strict Ayurvedic principles. How incredible this is!

I am here too because we at the Paul Penders Company always looks for the best and most potent certified organic herbs for our 22 herbal Levens ESSENTIE extract. The prospect of buying these wonders of nature and gifts of God from this community fills my heart with joy and great pride. I am happy we are able to support the work and livelihood of these people and pay fair prices.

I feel moved and inspired and especially fortunate to be able to be here as we look for opportunities to incorporate some exceptional Ayurvedic principles into Paul Penders LevensESSENTIE herbal extract.

As part of our journey in developing the best possible organic skincare and haircare preparations, we know that we can always try to make a difference. We want to be much more than just another skincare company. We want to know and understand the FEEL and ENERGY in our preparations and when you buy our products, you get the good results you want.

The labor and love of these people is what we want as part of Paul Penders products.

I am writing this before going to bed and I decided to write every day a short post about this wonderful and truly unique trip. It is one of these great experiences in our lives! It reminds me why we are on this earth and why we MUST preserve the good things of this planet.

The rural people here are putting their entire life in 100% dedication in just doing the best they can, without luxury; they meditate, study and work hard to know more and more of themselves in order to help others with Ayurvedic wisdom. I cannot feel more thankful!

Joji and I with some women of Vanamoolika
Joji and I with the hardworking women of Vanamoolika

That is all for now. I am very, very tired after such a long trip.

Tomorrow morning my first Ayurvedic treatment starts at 7 AM. I promise to blog each day about my journey of discovery!

Related posts:

Part 1 Love-Labor & Determination
Part 2 Meeting Fr. Joseph Chittoor, a visionary Priest
Part 3 The President of Vanamoolika
Part 4 A Gorgeous Ayuredic Doctor
Part 5 Ayurvedic Massage
Part 6 Inspirational Visit to Indocert; Indian Organic Certifying Agency
Part 7 Journey to Vanamoolika