About Rhododendron Essential Oil
A general tonic to the system, rhododendron oil can be applied topically (synergistically blended with frankincense and German chamomile) to help reduce inflammation, or can be applied as a compress over the upper abdomen to support adrenal and liver function. In the nervous system, rhododendron's tonifying properties support relaxation and centering. Tibetan medicine has long used dried rhododendron in herbal teas to stoke the digestive fire, to treat heat-related headaches as well as sore throats and nausea, and to promote inner unity. Emotionally grounding and settling, it is known to quiet mental activity, which is a valuable tool in meditation practice.
How to Use Rhododendron Essential Oil
Rhododendron essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or used with a diffuser.
- Three drops of rhododendron in an aromatic bath can help to soothe inflamed skin, muscles, and joints.
- Use vapor therapy or direct palm inhalation of rhododendron to help reduce nasal mucous production and swelling.
- Add several drops of rhododendron oil to unscented shampoo to add shine and to naturally perfume the hair.
- Diffuse rhododendron oil for a grounding, calming effect.
Rhododendron Essential Oil Recipes
- Liquid Soap, Grounding Blend: 8 drops rhododendron oil, 8 drops sweet orange oil, 2 drops cedarwood oil and 1 drop ginger oil. Add to 4 oz liquid castile soap and shake well to mix.
- Cooling Footbath: 4 drops rhododendron oil, 8 drops juniper berry oil, 4 drops rosemary oil and 4 drops cypress oil. Add to a cool water footbath to help reduce inflammation.
Interesting Rhododendron Essential Oil Information
The leaves and fresh flowers of the rhododendron are used as a tea substitute by Himalayan healers to promote digestive fire, to stimulate the appetite and to treat disorders of the liver. Rhododendron tea is also consumed to treat heat-related headaches, pain, sore throats and nausea. This variety of rhododendron is one of five common Himalayan incense herbs that are thought by the high Himalayan people to symbolize the elements: the dried leaves are gathered, collected, and offered as incense to sanctify and pacify the environment.
Although no specific mention of toxicity has been reported for this species, it belongs to a genus in which some members have poisonous leaves. The pollen of many if not all species of rhododendrons is also probably toxic, being said to cause intoxication when eaten in large quantities.
Safety Considerations for Rhododendron Essential Oil
Rhododendron oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Do not take rhododendron essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Rhododendron Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Odor: Fruity and fresh, sweet herbal, floral, faintly balsamic and coniferous
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
- Blends Well With: Lavender oil, davana oil, sweet orange oil and geranium oil; conifer oils such as cedar oil, spruce oil, pine oil and fir oil; also clary sage oil, ginger oil, neroli oil and petitgrain oil
- Botanical Name: Rhododendron anthopogon
- Family: Ericaceae
- Composition: 100% Rhododendron Essential Oil
- Origin: Nepal
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Aerial parts
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Mobile
- Yield: 1% - 2%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)