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  • Rhododendron Essential Oil

Rhododendron Essential Oil

  • Product Code: EO-R05
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Rhododendron has an exotic, earthy, balsamic aroma. Traditionally used in Tibetan Medicine. Known for its balancing, clarifying, invigorating effect on the mind and body.
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Rhododendron essential oil has an exotic, earthy, balsamic, slightly floral aroma. It is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the Rhododendron anthopogon which is native to the Himalayas. There are over 850 different types of Rhododendron that grow all over the world but anthopogon is the only one that is distilled for its oil (it is not the same as the common Rhododendron that we see growing in the wild and in our gardens here at home).

Rhododendron (traditionally known as balu ot sunpati) has been long been used in Himalayan sacred rituals and in Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan Medicine). It is one of five common Himalayan incense herbs symbolizing the elements that are offered to sanctify and pacify the environment and Himalayan healers have traditionally made the leaves and fresh flowers into a therapeutic herbal tea to aid digestion, stimulate the appetite, ease sore throats and to relieve liver disorders.

In modern day aromatherapy the oil is known for its balancing, clarifying, invigorating effect on the mind and body. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and decongestant properties and is also believed to support the nervous system and liver.

  • Species: Anthopogon rhododendron
  • Plant family: Ericaceae
  • Origin: Nepal 
  • Note: Middle
  • Extraction method: Steam distilled


Safety Note:
Avoid in pregnancy and do not use on babies or small children.
Rhododendron essential oil has a mild topical anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect which can be beneficial for inflamed, troubled skin. It can also be added to shampoo for healthy, shiny hair.
Rhododendron can have a tonic effect on the nervous system and can help to quieten an overactive mind. It is spiritually calming and grounding and is often used to support meditation. In Himalayan aromatherapy its balancing properties help to promote inner unity.
Rhodoendron essential oil is an effective decongestant and antispasmodic for the respiratory system. It is also believed to help support the liver and stimulate the kidneys. The oil can be used topically to help reduce inflammation in the joints and muscles and to assist with rheumatic conditions including gout.
Blends well with:                                             
Lavender, Orange Sweet, Geranium, and coniferous essential oils such as Cedarwood or Pine.
To support digestive function:

To make a hot compress, take 100ml of hot water, as warm as can be comfortably tolerated, and add between 3-5 drops of Rhododendron essential oil. Place a folded piece of cloth on top of the water and let it soak up the oil. Wring out the excess water and place it over the upper abdomen. The warm compress may be covered with cling film to keep it place, with a towel placed on top.

For painful joints and muscles:

Blend 2 drops of German Chamomile and 1 drop of Rhododendron essential oil in 6ml of infused Arnica oil and massage into the affected area daily.

Winter colds:

Diffuse up to 5 drops of Rhododendron essential oil, 2 drops of Black Pepper and 3 drops of Lavender oil in an aromatherapy vaporiser or diffuser.

To use in a steam inhalation - boil two pints of water and pour into a bowl. Add 5 drops of Rhododendron oil and five drops of Pine essential oil, then agitate the water to mix. Lean over the bowl and put a towel over the head. Close the eyes and inhale the vapour for a few minutes at a time, for up to ten minutes, or for as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day.

To support detoxifcation:

Mix 15ml Grapeseed oil or Sweet Almond oil with 3 drops Rhododendron, 2 drops Lemon and 1 drop Juniperberry. Massage this into your whole body, working in an upwards direction towards your heart. 

Stress relief:

Create a soothing atmosphere by adding 3 drops of Rhododendron essential oil and two drops of Frankincense into an aromatherapy oil burner in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Inhale and relax.

Grounding, harmonising, meditation spritz:

Mix 100ml Rose hydrolat with 15 drops Rhododendron essential oil, 10 drops Bergamot and 5 drops Patchouli.  Spray into the room to cleanse and harmonise your space.

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