Growing seasons and essential oils: a guide

Written by: | April 4, 2017 | Leave a Comment

It’s finally spring here in Portland, and those long winter months of near-constant rain and chilly temperatures have paid off in the form of a city of flowers in full bloom. We’re affectionately nicknamed the “City of Roses,” after all! In Essential’s Northwest neighborhood, floral scents abound as magnolias, cherry trees, tulips, dogwoods, lilacs, and rhododendrons burst into blossom. It’s easy to understand the human desire to bottle these floral scents as essential oils and save them for a gloomy, rainy day.

Though it may seem like all plant life blooms in spring, it doesn’t, and it is important to understand how variation in growing seasons across the world affects the availability of the essential oils you want to purchase and use in your natural care products. For instance, lavender may bloom here in the Pacific Northwest as early as May, but it will not bloom in other climates until August.

Here’s a handy crop calendar for you to use:

ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ALMONDUSA
AMYRISHAITI
ANISEEDSPAIN
ANISEEDTURKEY
ANISE, STARCHINA
BALSAM COPAIBABRAZIL
BALSAM PERUEL SALVADOR
BASILEGYPT
BASILINDIA
BAYW. INDIES
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BERGAMOTBRAZIL
BERGAMOTITALY
BUCHUSOUTH AFRICA
CABREUVABRAZIL
CAMPHORCHINA
CAMPHORTAIWAN
CANANGAINDONESIA
CARAWAY OILHOLLAND
CARDAMOMGUATEMALA
CARDAMOMINDIA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
CASSIACHINA
CEDARLEAFCANADA
CEDARWOODCHINA
CEDARWOODUSA (TEXAS)
CELERYCHINA
CELERYINDIA
CINNAMONMADAGASCAR
CINNAMONSRI LANKA
CITRONELLAARGENTINA
CITRONELLACHINA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
CITRONELLAINDONESIA
CITRONELLASRI LANKA
CLOVEBRAZIL
CLOVEINDONESIA
CLOVEMADAGASCAR
CLOVEZANZIBAR
CORIANDEREUROPE
CORIANDERMOROCCO
CUMININDIA
DAVANAINDIA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
DILL WEEDEUROPE
DILL WEEDUSA
D’LIMONENEBRAZIL
D’LIMONENEUSA (FLORIDA)
EUCALYPTUSAUSTRALIA
EUCALYPTUSCHILE
EUCALYPTUSCHINA
EUCALYPTUSPORTUGAL
EUCALYPTUSSPAIN
EUCALYPTUS CITR.CHINA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
FENNELCHINA
FENNELEGYPT
FENNELINDIA
FIR NEEDLEAUSTRIA
FIR NEEDLECANADA
GERANIUMCHINA
GERANIUMEGYPT
GERANIUMMOROCCO
GERANIUMREUNION
GINGERCHINA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
GINGERINDIA
GINGERGRASSINDIA
GRAPEFRUITAUSTRALIA
GRAPEFRUITBELIZ
GRAPEFRUITBRAZIL
GRAPEFRUITISRAEL
GRAPEFRUITSOUTH AFRICA
GRAPEFRUITUSA (FLORIDA)
GUAIACWOODPARAGUAY
HO LEAFTAIWAN
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
HO WOODCHINA
HO WOODTAIWAN
JUNIPERBERRYEUROPE
LAVENDERFRANCE
LEMONARGENTINA
LEMONAUSTRALIA
LEMONBRAZIL
LEMONISRAEL
LEMONITALY
LEMONSOUTH AFRICA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
LEMONUSA (CALIFORNIA)
LEMONARGENTINA
LEMONUSA (ARIZONA)
LEMONGRASSCHINA
LEMONGRASSGUATEMALA
LEMONGRASSINDIA
LIMEBRAZIL
LIMEPERU
LIMEUSA (FLORIDA)
LIMEHAITI
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
LIMEMEXICO
LIMEIVORY COST
LISTEA CUBEBACHINA
MARJORAMFRANCE
MANDARINBRAZIL
MANDARINITALY
MURCOTBRAZIL
NUTMEGINDONESIA
OCOTEA CYMBARUMBRAZIL
ORANGEBELIZE
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ORANGESOUTH AFRICA
ORANGEUSA (CALIFORNIA)
ORANGE, BITTERBRAZIL
ORANGE, MIDSEASONUSA (FLORIDA)
ORANGE, NAVELAUSTRALIA
ORANGE, NAVELISRAEL
ORANGE, PERABRAZIL
ORANGE, SHAMOUTIISRAEL
ORANGE, VALENCIAAUSTRALIA
ORANGE, VALENCIABRAZIL
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ORANGE, VALENCIAISRAEL
ORANGE, VALENCIAUSA (FLORIDA)
OREGANO OILTURKEY
OREGANO OILSPAIN
PALMAROSABRAZIL
PARSLEYUSA
PATCHOULYCHINA
PATCHOULYINDONESIA
PENNYROYALSPAIN
PEPPER, BLACKBRAZIL
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
PEPPER, BLACKINDIA
PEPPERMINT, CRUDECHINA
PEPPERMINT, CRUDEINDIA
PEPPERMINT, CRUDEPARAGUAY
PEPPERMINT, F. WESTUSA
PEPPERMINT, M. WESTUSA
PETITGRAINPARAGUAY
PIMENTO LEAFJAMAICA
PINE NEEDLEEUROPE
ROSEBULGARIA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ROSETURKEY
ROSEMARYSPAIN
ROSEMARYTUNISIA
ROSEWOODBRAZIL
SAGEALBANIA
SAGEDALMATIAN
SAGESPAIN
SAGE, CLARYFRANCE
SAGE, CLARYUSA
SAGE, CLARYRUSSIA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
SANDALWOODINDIA
SASSAFRASSCHINA
SPEARMINTCHINA
SPEARMINT, F. WESTUSA
TAGETTEARGENTINA
TAGETTESOUTH AFRICA
TAGETTEZIMBABWEE
TANGERINEBRAZIL
TANGERINEUSA (FLORIDA)
TARRAGONARGENTINA
ProductCountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
TEATREEAUSTRALIA
THYMESPAIN
VETIVERTCHINA
VETIVERTHAITI
VETIVERTINDONESIA
VETIVERTREUNION
WORMSEEDUSA
WORMWOODUSA
YLANGMADAGASCAR

Don’t forget, Essential Wholesale is your resource for creating unique products with essential oils. Kathy Steinbock, our certified Aromatherapist, has developed many free resources for you to use.

Find Kathy’s guide to scent profiles of essential oils or her guide to crafting signature scents by blending essential oils. Once you know which essential oils or blends you want to use, use this handy scenting guide to figure out just how much of each oil to use.

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