Bhutan Rhododendron Essential Oil

$ 42

This sweeter and milder version of Rhododendron is a unique blend from two remote regions in the Kingdom of Bhutan.  The higher levels of pinenes and limonene give this new oil a mellow scent – as well as stronger anti-inflammatory and uplifting properties than found in other rhododendron essential oils.

About Bhutan Rhododendron Essential Oil

Rhododendron essential oil is calming and grounding, with a complex aroma that has long made it an essential ingredient in incense.  This particular blend of rhododendron from two remote regions in Bhutan has a sweeter, softer and more floral smell than rhododendron essential oil from Nepal, making it a wonderful addition to your diffuser for meditation or at any time of the day.  Rhododendron is extremely purifying to the air and makes a light, floral air freshener.  Rhododendron is also a powerful essential oil for supporting the reduction of pain, swelling and inflammation, without the strong, camphoraceous smell of many other medicinals.  It makes a wonderful, sweet smelling bath that is highly therapeutic.

Rhododendron's uses are many:

  • A general tonic to the system, rhododendron oil can be applied topically to help reduce inflammation.
  • It 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

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

Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Rhododendron anthopogon
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Composition: 100% Rhododendron Essential Oil
  • Origin: Bhutan - Soi Jangothang and Naro regions.
  • 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)

Interesting Bhutan Rhododendron Essential Oil Information

This Rhododendron essential oil is distilled from plants collected from two different regions in Bhutan, Soi Jangothang and Naro. Soi Jangothangpart of the Paro district and Naro is part of the Thimphu district. Soi Jangothang is two days walk from the nearest road and Naro (Barshong) is connected to the nearest road only by a farm track. In Soi Jangothang there are around 40 to 50 households.  The main occupation is herding Yak and the main cash crops are wild cordyceps, medicinal herbs, incense, butter, cheese etc. Naro (Barshong) has around 13 households, with similar industry.

In Soi Jangothang one local organized the collectionion work. He sub-contracted five local people to collect and transport the rhododendron plants to the road by horse.

At Naro valley, the materials were purchased from Naro Noemen Tshokpa (Naro High Altitude Medical Herbs Group). There were around ten households involved in collecting the rhododenron and transporting them to the nearest road from the mountain.

The Bhuddists call the petals of the rhododendron tree the tears of the bodhisattva, "Loving Eyes," and they symbolize the united compassion of all Buddhas.

In Bhutan R. anthopogon is one of the main ingredients of incense. In the Traditional Medicinal Hospital, its flowers are used for medicinal purposes for fever and swelling of the abdomen due to the indigestion of food, to relieve numbness of the extremities, swelling, and itching of the throat. Rhododendron leaves are used in the Traditional Herbal Bath to heal body swelling and regain the health of weak people.

Rhododendron (Rhododendron anthopogon) 1/2 oz

Bottle Size:
1/2 oz (15mL)
Latin Name:
Rhododendron anthopogon
Country of Origin:
Bhutan - Soi Jangothang and Naro regions.
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