Essential Oils from Nepal

Essential Oils from Nepal

Satya International is one of the pioneers of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Nepal. We offer 19 organic and 55 conventional products.


Figure 1 Lemongrass in Suraksha Community Forest User Group (CFUG), Kailali


The company has more than two decades of experience in sourcing and exporting of Herbs, Spices and Essential oils. Our customers are based in France, Germany, USA, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.

At satya International, we produce three types of Essential Oils. These are –

  • Crop cultivated in Community User Forest Groups
  • Private Cultivation
  • Wild Collection


Crop cultivated in Community User Forest Groups (CFUGs):

Each CFUG is formed by collaboration of local villagers which are later known as consumers. They request to District Forest Office to hand over them certain area of nearby forest to use to meet their needs of wood, timber, foliage and grass.


Figure 2 Farmers making nursery to farm Mentha in fields


Once the CFUGs are handed over to the villagers, they are called consumers. These consumers unite and form executive committee. The executive committee becomes authority for decision of these CFUGs. They categorize these consumers on the basis of their economical status ranking as A, B and C. The given ranking is in order of their status making C group most poor.

For alternate income of these groups, the CFUG gives them empty land in forest to cultivate crops like Lemongrass, Palmarosa and Citronella. The groups are responsible for farming, cultivation and nurturing of the crop. In return, the money generated from sale of the yield is distributed among them.


Private Cultivation:


Figure 3 Farmers checking Distillation unit before starting the distillation of Mentha harvest


The farmers of Nepal are gradually learning the skills of commercial farming. Consequently, they have started planning their crops on the basis of returns.

Mentha and Chamomile are two essential oil yielding crops which are highly prioritized by these farmers. Mentha (Mentha arvensis) is preferred because it is only 3 months crop whereas returns are very high comparatively.

Though Chamomile overlaps wheat season, farmers farm it because of high returns. These farmers either have their own distillation unit for processing or they use facilities of CFUGs they are member of.


Wild collection:


In Nepal, cultivation of every species is not feasible. As a result, there are certain species which are collected from wild resources.


Figure 4 Artemisia plant, it is also one of the plants collected wildly to distill essential oils.


These species comprise of Jatamasi, Valerian, Artemisia and Sugandhkokila. The products are collected from high mountains, hills or remote areas. Local farmers or villagers located nearby the resource collect these in their leisure time. They keep collecting it till they have an adequate quantity to trade.

They deliver the collection to local collector or trader as per their order. These are bought to central traders for distillation or trade. In these areas, the collection is more like a feast. Whole community travel to the sources collects during day time, celebrate in the evening and cook their meal together.


Socio Economic Effect:


Livestock and collection of medicinal plants are main alternative source of income for people dwelling in remote areas of Nepal. Farming is mostly main occupation of such people.


Figure 5 Private distillation unit in Villages


The collection, cultivation and processing of these species has bought array of new hopes in their lives. Mere production is no solution for them.

Satya International has consistently supported them with technical assistance for distillation of Essential oils and purchased their produce as well. The company is presently working in Far western and Mid western region of Nepal. It is consistently expanding its reach to benefit maximum farmers.



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