Warm, colorful, historic, musical and hospitable are just a few words to describe Colombia, the world’s second most biodiverse country in the world, next to Brazil. With its nutrient and mineral-rich soil surrounded by the powerful Amazon River, Colombia’s botanicals are an endless journey of research for the essential oil industry. So much so that this year’s International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) hosted its annual conference in Cartagena at the Estelar Hotel, which faced the horizon of the Caribbean Sea, where many traders before us have sailed into the ports to showcase their latest goods on journeys we can only imagine. In the United States, we have Colombia to thank for a multitude of its exports: coffee (the fourth largest producer in the world), bananas, rice, tobacco, sugarcane, cocoa beans among and citrus. Lots of citrus.