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August 15, 2019 3 min read

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is Rhododendron?” Or perhaps you are thinking of the tree that grows in the US. If you are thinking either of these things, then the Rhododendron Essential Oil Spotlight is one that may have you thinking you need this oil!

From the Plant to the Bottle

The plant that we obtain Rhododendron essential oil from is a small shrub with beautiful flowers and dark green leaves. It is gathered by the high Himalayan people as a sacred fragrant substance to be "burnt in offering to please and harmonize the earthly divine, especially local earth spirits."

It is known as Anthopogan in the Nepals and is also their National Flower. Its botanical name is Rhododendron anthopogan. It is commonly referred to as Rhododendron.

Before distilling, it is collected at high elevations in the Himalayans by hand after hiking miles up the mountain. With the recent popularity of this plant, it is important to really know the distiller, how the distiller supports the locals, and whether they make ethical choices in just how much is harvested.

Once the plant material as been gathered into a basket that is typically carried on the back, it is carried back down the mountain to the still. Then it is processed, and steam distilled to produce a beautiful oil.

An Aroma Like No Other

Rhododendron essential oil has a slightly balsamic aroma that sweetly offers floral and herbaceous notes. This aroma is different than most floral essential oils and is best described as an exotic and delicate one that I find pleasant and not overpowering.

Rhododendron Essential Oil

Personal Notes & Usage Ideas

I spent about six months really studying and working with this particular essential oil prior to offering it. It has some really amazing properties! I have utilized it with success in blends for transitions, grief, and also during colds. It is a very versatile oil!

An easy way to start using it is in emotional blends as I mentioned above. Consider using it during transitions that you may be going through, grief, and trauma.

It’s chemistry lends for it to be a great choice in blends made to use during colds. I have personally used this for myself and my littles when there is a lot of congestion and it is amazing!

Rhododendron essential oil is also a great oil to use in digestive blends – Thanksgiving it getting close, so definitely keep this one handy!

Energetically, it offers a LOT! It refreshes and offers emotional protection, eases difficult emotional transitions, assists in release of emotional and energetic concerns, supportive of expansive and creative processes, aids in mental clarity and assists in meditation, supportive of sanctifying and purifying space.

Because this oil is prone to oxidation it should be stored in a cool, dark, and closed container. Otherwise, it is considered generally safe for use in diffusers, topical blends, steam tents, personal aroma sticks and more.

What does it blend well with?

You might be asking yourself now, “But what does it blend well with?” I’ll make that easy and just give you a list to try below. But first, a few hints to help you blend!

Try smelling the aromas of the Rhododendron essential oil with each oil as a pair from the caps. So, holding the sweet orange and the bergamot cap side by side, inhale sweeping both from side to side under each nostril so you can identify if you like the to blended together. Also, you might consider whether each oil you are using is a top note, middle note or base note (I consider Sweet Orange a middle note).

  • Bergamot,
  • Black Spruce,
  • Blood Orange,
  • Cedarwood,
  • Blue Chamomile,
  • Clary Sage,
  • Cypress,
  • Geranium,
  • Grapefruit,
  • Lavender,
  • Lemon,
  • Lime,
  • Scotch Pine,
  • Sweet Orange,
  • Rose.

Rhododendron Essential Oil

I know you will love it like I do, so below are a few recipes for you to try.

Diffuser Blend for Soothing Emotional Support:

Topical Blend for Respiratory Support:

  • 2 parts Rhododendron (Rhododendron anthopogon)
  • 1 parts Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 1 part Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Jojoba(or other carrier oil)
  • Create stock blend of essential oil blend starting with equal parts of each.
  • Add up to 4% essential oil to Jojoba
    • So if you are using 10 grams of Jojoba, you would add 0.4 grams of your stock blend.