Elsholtzia Essential Oil
Elsholtzia is a highly medicinal essential oil from the Himalayas of Bhutan, available only from Floracopeia. It harnesses the respiratory, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects of tea tree, eucalyptus and conifer essential oils all in a single bottle.
About Elsholtzia Essential Oil
The Elsholtzia herb has long been used in Asian medicine – now Floracopeia brings you the world's first commercial distillation of this unique aromatic plant. Elsholtzia fruticosa is a deciduous shrub that is member of the mint family; it’s common name is “shrubby mint” or “bush mint”. It is also known as Elsholtzia polystachya. It grows in the Himalayas between 4,000 - 9,000 feet, and is used in Asian herbal medicine, along with similar species in the same genus.
Even though the common name is “bush mint”, the oil cannot be classed as a mint, from either the fragrance or the chemical profile.
The oil is strongly aromatic, reminiscent of eucalyptus oil, and showing a high content of eucalyptol and pinene. Its traditional use as an incense and for fumigation can also be translated into modern aromatherapy uses in a diffuser for atmospheric purification, reducing airborne microbial pathogens, and having respiratory benefits. This essential oil can also be used in combination with other respiratory oils such as eucalyptus and conifers in various applications such as diffusers and warm compresses for the chest.
The chemical profile of this oil shows a significant level of Terpinen-4-ol at 8.5%, which is considered the primary active constituent of tea tree oil. This gives the oil both a slight camphoraceous aromatic note and strong anti-infectious properties. It is virtually free of camphor compounds, however, making it safe for general aromatherapy purposes.
This unique essential oil is high in beta pinene, at 16%, lending it a similarity to conifer oils and some species of frankincense in both aromatic profile and therapeutic value. The oil contains 28% 1,8 cineole, otherwise known as eucalyptol, which gives it a wide range of therapeutic benefits. This new essential oil is highly antimicrobial. It has both antitussive and expectorant respiratory benefits. The oil is also notably anti-inflammatory, among many other benefits.
How to Use Elsholtzia Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: Add 3-5 drops of this highly aromatic essential oil to your diffuser for atomspheric purification and respiratory relief. This essential oil can also be combined with Eucalyptus and/or conifer oils in the diffuser for an especially powerful purification effect.
- Direct Palm Inhalation: A drop of Elsholtzia essential oil can be placed in the palm and directly inhaled for fast relief of respiratory distress.
- Diluted in a Carrier oil: Dilute this essential oil to a 1-3% dilution and use topically for a variety of applications. Can be used with Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Conifers for a lung-opening chest rub, or as a medicinal oil to treat areas of inflammation.
- Purifying Spray Cleaner: Use Elsholtzia essential oil diluted with distilled water in a spray bottle as a household disinfectant.
Elsholtzia Essential Oil Profile
This oil is strongly aromatic and is reminicent of both Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Essential oils.
Safety Considerations for Elsholtzia Essential Oil
Non-toxic, though people who are sensitive to either Eucalyptus or Tea Tree should be cautious as they may also be sensitive to this oil based on similar chemical profiles. Non- to mildly-sensitizing. Do not take Elsholtzia essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Elsholtzia
- Perfumery Note: base to middle
- Odor: Pungent, strong, mentholated, terpenic
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and other Tree oils, such as the conifers. Citrus oils to impart a sweeter note and reduce the medicinal scent.
- Botanical Name: Elsholtzia fruticosa
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Elsholtzia Essential Oil
- Origin: Bhutan
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wildcrafted
- Plant Part: leaves and aerial parts
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: ~.8%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)
Interesting Elsholtzia Oil Information
Traditionally, the leaves of Elsholtzia are used as an incense ingredient, for atmospheric purification and repelling insects. In Chinese medicine Elsholtzia species are named Xiang Ru, and used as tea for treating colds and flus and respiratory symptoms. Tradtional herbal formulas that include this herba are used for treating upper respiratory infections and respiratory conditions in general.
The fruits of the Elsholtzia plants are used in traditional Asian medicine as a treatment for constipation and the flowering tops as a diuretic. The whole leaves are used as poultices to heal bruising.
Scientific studies involving several species of this plant have yielded novel chemical constituents not seen before in the aromatherapy world.
- Bottle Size:
- 1/2 oz (15mL)
- Latin Name:
- Elsholtzia fruticosa
- Country of Origin: