Interesting fact: The rhododendron that is used for essential oil is not the same as the large, brightly flowering shrub we are familiar with (such as the one in these photos). Rhododendron anthopogon is one of the few species of rhododendron considered to be non-toxic. It is smaller than most, and grows wild, primarily in Nepal and other areas of the Himalayan mountain range (Anthony, 2018).
Essential Oil Profile
It blends well with: the conifers, lighter florals such as lavender or lavandin, cape chamomile, cedarwood, frankincense, lemon, mandarin, rose, and sweet orange.
Therapeutic Properties & Applications
Thanks to the amounts of pinene present in the essential oil, rhododendron is an excellent for respiratory support. It also has an affinity with the musculoskeletal system, immune system, and nervous system. It can be a nice addition to nourishing beauty products for a luxurious touch (Plant Therapy, 2017). Its’ refreshing yet soothing aroma can provide relief from a myriad of issues such as exhaustion, mental fog, and extreme emotions or negativity. I have seen the essential oil used in cases of anxiety, depression, grief, and more (Anthony, 2018).
Plant Therapy. (2017). July oil of the month-rhododendron. Retrieved from: https://www.planttherapy.com/blog/2017/07/27/july-oil-of-the-month-rhododendron/
Tisserand, R. & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. pp. 402-404.