Ledum Essential Oil



a.k.a. Labrador Tea or Greenland Moss

Ledum groenlandicum/Rhododendron groenlandicum



Family: Ericaceae

Origin: Canada

Plant description: Woody, perennial evergreen shrub growing up to 1-meter high, with leathery, under-folding leaves, hairy on the underside, and a single stalk atop with clusters of white flowers.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Main Chemical Constituents: sabinene (15.7%), Terpinen-4-ol (7.6%), β-selinene (5.7%), Myrtenal (3.5%), Bornyl acetate (3.3%), y-elemene (3.1%), y-terpinene (2.9%), β-pinene (2.3%), pinocarvone (2.3%), x-caryophyllene (2.2%), x-pinene (1.9%), x-selinene (1.9%), cuminaldehyde (1.6%), camphene (1.5%), (Z)-carveol (1.5%), x-terpinene (1.5%), p-cymene (1.3%), (+)-limonene (1.1%).


PRECAUTIONS: Best to AVOID during the first two trimesters of pregnancy and children under six years of age. AVOID prolonged use. MAY cause irritation on highly sensitive skin. Not the best choice for in the bath.


PROPERTIES: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, depurative, diuretic, hepatic, immunostimulant, spasmolytic, and tonic.


USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: circulatory dysfunction, water retention, edema, stimulates the lymphatic system; aching muscles and joints, swelling, injuries, internal and soft tissue inflammation.


Digestive: liver regenerator and cleanser, detoxifying and improving liver function, digestive disorders, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, and bloating.


Immune system: assists the immune system and supports the adrenal glands, tonic for allergies.


Emotional/Mental/Nervous system: tension, anxiety, stress-related conditions, supports and balances emotions, calms the mind; autonomic nervous system balancer, insomnia.


Respiratory system: bronchitis, colds, promotes respiratory health


Skin/Hair: puncture wounds and bites.


Additional information:

Around one thousand kilograms of wild-harvested Greenland moss are required to make a kilo of Labrador Tea Oil (Ledum groenlandicum). It grows in peat bogs in out-of-the-way places and even well north of the snow line. This contributes to the power of its effects (Catty, 2001; p.33).


Another plant that shares the same Rhododendron genus as Ledum is Rhododendron anthopogon the flowers are distilled into an amazing essential oil. The oil has many benefits for calming the nervous system, it is excellent to strengthen the immune system, and helps to restore the adrenals during times of stress and fatigue. See more information on Rhododendron essential oil and a blend here.


Thank you to ​Erika Medina, for this beautiful essential oil profile. She is currently working on completing the Clinical Aromatherapy Mastery Program!



References


Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary edition, New World Library, Novato, California, 2016; p.547, 593.


Tisserand, Robert, and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, second edition, London, UK, Churchill Livingston, 2014; p.319-320.


https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/ledum-oil.asp


https://www.aromaweb.com/hydrosols/labrador-tea-hydrosol.asp


Picture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_groenlandicum


Rost, Amy, Natural Healing Wisdom & Know-How Useful Practices, Recipes, and Formulas for a Lifetime of Health, Black Dog & Leventhal, 2009; p. 112.


Catty, Suzanne, Hydrosols the Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 2001; p.33, 106.



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