Rhododendron - (Rhododendron anthopogon)
Region of Harvest: Nepal
Part of plant used for distillation: Flowers
Main chemical components from the aerial parts of the plant: monoterpenes; alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, and the sesquiterpene; delta-cadinene.
Benefits: Lightening for the heart and spirit. Warm, cheery, comforting, and nurturing. It is useful as a decongestion, excellent to strengthen the immune system, and helps to restore the adrenals during times of stress and fatigue.
Uses: Inhalation through a nasal inhaler, diffusion, room spritzer, bath, massage, or body oil. Cautions: This species is generally non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
There is no specific evidence of toxicity for this species of Rhododendron anthopogon; it does, however, belong to a genus where many members have poisonous leaves. The pollen of many if not all rhododendrons species is also probably toxic, being said to cause intoxication when eaten in large quantities.
See more amazing research about Rhododendron anthopogon essential oil from PubMed
This is one of our favorite topical blends to strengthen and restore overburdened systems, calm nervous tension and stress-related conditions.
For a 2% dilution, mix 1 oz. of carrier oil to the following essential oils: 5 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) 4 drops Rhododendron (Rhododendron anthopogon) 3 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) This blend can also be used in the bath, shower salt scrub, or the essential oil blend without the carrier oil can be used in a diffuser or nasal inhaler.
Use a 1% dilution (6 drops total) for children under 7, during pregnancy and nursing, for elders, or those with sensitive skin.