Ledum Essential Oil
Ledum groenlandicum / Rhododendron groenlandicum
Ledum Essential Oil is also known as Labrador Tea Essential Oil and Greenland Moss Essential Oil.
Ledum Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant species Ledum groenlandicum, an evergreen shrub that belongs to the Ericaceae plant family.
According to the Ledum Essential Oil GC/MS reports that I've studied, the oil appears to be typically comprised of approximately 50-65% monoterpenes, 10-20% sesquiterpenes and 5-15% Monoterpenols. Some sources state that Ledum Essential Oil contains up to 35% limonene (a monoterpene), but I haven't seen more than 5% limonene present within the GC reports that I've accessed.
Ledum Essential Oil is a wonderful oil to use for helping to support and balance the emotions. It is particularly admired for its ability to help ease anxiety and calm the mind.
Not much has been stated about the spiritual uses and benefits of Ledum Essential Oil, but I find it beneficial when used during prayer and meditation. I love blending it with sustainably sourced Palo Santo Essential Oil and Frankincense Essential Oil for meditation and reflection.
Ledum Essential Oil is also appreciated for its potential to support the immune system and promote respiratory health.
Refer to the Ledum Essential Oil Uses section below for more information on the uses and benefits of this intriguing oil.
Ledum Essential Oil blends well with many other essential oils, particularly with oils that have aromatic classifications of citrus, coniferous, fruity, green, earthy resinous or woody.
Ledum Essential Oil Benefits and Uses
- Aching Muscles and Joints
- Immune Support
Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 106.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Ledum Essential Oil smells herbaceous with underlying woody characteristics.
Major Constituents of Ledum Essential Oil
- Bornyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: Private Communication: Rondeau, 1999. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 320.
Ledum Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Ledum Essential Oil (Labrador Tea / Greenland Moss Essential Oil). Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 319-320.]
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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