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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.
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.
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.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
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:
Stillpoint Aromatics: Ledum has the following energetic, spiritual, and emotional qualities:
Diffuse ledum during meditation, yoga, prayer, or massage to support energy flow and release and promote spiritual cleansing, harmonizing, and balancing.
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.
Stir together all ingredients. Add to a full bath. Soak for 15-30 minutes.
Source: Eden's Garden
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