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Guide To Ledum Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Ledum essential oil (Ledum groenlandicum or Rhododendron groenlandicum) also goes by other names, most commonly labrador tea or greenland moss. Emotionally, the oil's calming properties help ease nervousness and promote relaxation before sleep, according to Plant Therapy.

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Basic Ledum Facts

Plant family: Ericaceae

Production: Steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of a low-growing evergreen shrub often found throughout Canada, Alaska, and the northern U.S.

Aroma: Herbaceous

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is ledum essential oil safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to Plant Therapy. No, according to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Consult a professional.

Is ledum safe for children? Yes, according to Plant Therapy. No, according to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Consult a professional.

Cautions: None known.

Main components:

  • sabinene      15.7%
  • terpinen-4-ol  7.6%
  • beta-selinene  5.7%
  • myrtenal        3.5%

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Ledum Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Ledum may help relieve inflammation, water retention, swelling, injuries, muscle aches and pain, stress-related conditions, anxiety, and tension.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): You can use ledum to help relieve skin allergies and problems, aching joints and muscles, colds, flu, coughs, laryngitis, anxiety, and nervous debility tension. The essential oil supports the immune system and the liver. The oil may also help reduce cellulite, water retention, and weight.

Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide:

  • Ledum supports the respiratory and digestive systems.
  • The oil is calming and may help relieve stomach upset and nervous indigestion.
  • Other uses include relieving cold and flu symptoms and helping heal inflamed and irritated skin, cuts, and wounds.
  • In Ayurveda, the oil's warm and spicy scent helps regulate and pacify both the Vata and Kapha doshas.

Stillpoint Aromatics: Ledum has the following energetic, spiritual, and emotional qualities:

  • Helps uncover hidden emotional patterns
  • Cleanses the emotional and spiritual bodies
  • Helps dissolve energy blockages when massaged onto the abdomen
  • Facilitates knowledge and understanding (brow chakra)
  • Opens the throat chakra, helping you express your truth
  • Supports the root chakra
  • Promotes spiritual healing, especially when blended with bergamot

Diffuse ledum during meditation, yoga, prayer, or massage to support energy flow and release and promote spiritual cleansing, harmonizing, and balancing.

Massage Oil

  • 8 drops ledum essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops niaouli essential oil
  • Jojoba oil

Drop essential oils into 2-ounce squeeze bottle. Fill the bottle with jojoba oil. Cap and shake to mix well. Use after a bath or for full-body massage.

Bath Salts

  • 4 drops ledum
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt

Stir together all ingredients. Add to a full bath. Soak for 15-30 minutes.
Source: Eden's Garden

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