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Rhododendron Essential Oil


Common Name: Rhododendron

Latin Name: Rhododendron anthopogan

Aroma: This 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.

Blends with: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Douglas-Fir, Eucalyptus Ironbark, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lime, Red Mandarin, Blood Orange, Sweet Orange, Scotch Pine, Rose absolute, Black Spruce, and Ylang Ylang. 

Energetic qualities: 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. 

Recommended applications: Inhalation and topical application using safe dilution ratios.

Aromatherapist notes: 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 that I have become quite attached to!

Extraction Method: Steam distilled Flowers and leaves

Shelf Life: About 4-5 years

Country of Origin: Nepal, wild crafted.


RA1907 July 2019 Currently available

RA0116 Jan 2016


Safety Data: This oil is prone to oxidation and should be stored in a cool, dark, and closed container.

Other information & considerations:

  • This is a very spiritual oil and is collected and gathered by 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.
  • Do not place on broken skin.

California Prop 65 Statement: This product contains essential oil constituents on the CA Prop 65 list of toxic chemicals. This product conforms to the reporting requirements of California Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). We are conforming to the regulation by reporting the existence, or lack thereof, of ingredients deemed reportable by the above mentioned regulations via a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), in Section 15 "Regulatory Information." Ingredients from Natural Food Sources (NFS) are exempt from reporting in accordance with Title 27, § 25501(a).

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
I have never smelled this

I have never smelled this oil before, so I ordered a sample. I love it so much! It smells divine. Now I just have to figure out what to use it for, besides a drop on my diffuser jewelry!

Having never smelled Rhododendron essential

Having never smelled Rhododendron essential oil, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I generally am not a fan on florals as they tend to be overpowering to me, but this oil is actually quite beautiful. It is delicate and inviting and also slightly sweet.

I didn’t really know what

I didn’t really know what to expect from this oil, so I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp, light floral scent. I diffused this on a day when my breathing was bad and this scent gave me a boost, making my breathing easier and just made me calm. I have a weakened immune system which affects many aspects of my breathing and anytime I can find something that really helps me, I am very Happy. This is one oil I will not want to be without.


This oil is unlike most other floral oils I've used. I often find florals overpowering, sickly sweet with a scent that lingers in my perception for far too long. This floral however does not have any of those qualities. It is soft, slightly sweet with woody undertones. Like smelling flowers in a dense forest.
Subtle yet uplifting. This rhododendron imparts a sense of peace and tranquility. Recently I have been using it before bed and have slept more soundly that I have with any other oil or blend. It also intensifies dreaming I have found. I tend to use oils mostly for mind, emotional and spiritual support and this rhododendron enhances all three.

Very unique oil!

Rhododendron is a very delicate floral with woodly, almost spicy, base notes. I've never smelled anything similar to it! It is my go to for emotional support now. I've never had an oil flip a horrible day so drastically and quickly! I happened to get my order on a very stressful day and I felt myself relaxing as soon as I opened the bottle and smelled it!