For ages, Native Americans made a tea out of Ledum leaves to help a range of ailments. Known as Greenland Moss, Ledum is an evergreen shrub that grows up to 5 feet in height. The plant is put through a steam distillation process to extract the oil which has a smoky, peppery aroma with hints of sweetness.
Botanical Name: Ledum groenlandicum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Herb
Synonym: Labrador Tea, Greenland Moss
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, and other woodsy aromas
Aroma: Peppery, smoky, herbaceous, and slightly-sweet
Color: Clear – Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Ledum essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water as a decongestant aid. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin nourishing and inflammation reducing massage oil. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of Castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use especially when headaches strike.
- Ledum essential oil, Ledum groenlandicum in Latin and also known as Greenland Moss and Labrador Tea, has been used traditionally for centuries by indigenous people in North America to balance and support spiritual and emotional energy. It has a somewhat peppery aromatic that is earthy, fresh and medicinal. It's particularly useful to reset any anxiety and calm the mind and bring relaxation after a hectic day. It does well in massage oil blends to support the immune system. It is noted for its ability to ease insomnia, quell nervous spirit and aid with thyroid imbalance.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Ledum essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- According to Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Dr. Giraud-Robert is a French physician and Aromatherapist who in 2009 presented a study on liver function for those going through various treatments for cancer, Hep B and C patients and autoimmune diseases. Those who used essential oil treatments had a significantly higher survival rate than those without. According to Dr. Giraud-Robert the oil counteracts blood toxicity and reduces elevated liver enzyme counts. Ledum is recommended by Dr. Schnaubelt for liver and kidney detoxification.
- There is scant evidence to demonstrate that using Ledum essential oil will help to improve thyroid function. However, as it creates a path to detoxify the liver, this in turn brings about a better balanced system that includes kidney function, adrenal function and balances other hormone organs throughout the body. With a stronger liver and balance of hormones, there might be a case that a stronger thyroid would ensue but research studies would need to prove this claim.
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Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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MASSAGE OIL: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Ledum, 2 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Lavender (French) and 5 drops of Niaouli, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply to the skin after bath or for full body massage. (1.7% dilution)
BATH SALTS: Combine: 4 drops of Ledum, 1 drop of Frankincense Carterii and 2 drops of Geranium with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Add to full bath and rejuvenate for 15-30 minutes.
INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Ledum, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
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