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Introducing Xanthoxylum and Rhododendron Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on August 29, 2008

Our Nepalese distiller of Xanthoxylum and Rhododendron oils has formed a farmer's cooperative. He's encouraging local and indigenous people to participate in the cultivation and production of medicinal and aromatic plants.

These people have significantly raised their socio-economic status--the cooperative is providing employment, and promoting cultivation in both community forests and the farmers' private land. All the Nepalese oils are beautiful, and have a deep connection to the culture and history of this amazing country.

xanthoxylum essential oilXanthoxylum -- Zanthoxylum armatum

Himalayan healers use Xanthoxylum essential oil mainly for respiratory diseases and digestive stress. They also say that its regular use improves vocal quality! The aroma is beautiful and uplifting.

Xanthoxylum is high in a component called linalol. Linalol-high oils offer profound healing for infections, pain, swelling, spasms, allergies and injuries. This oil is also deeply calming for the nervous system. It can be used daily and is a wonderful tonic for overall health.

Xanthoxylum is wonderful for an upset stomach, menstrual cramps, pain and muscle spasms. It's also very healing for allergies, colds and flu--especially if the person is experiencing aches and pains, coughing and difficulty sleeping.

  • Antidepressant/uplifting
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Cooling
  • Digestive
  • Immune stimulant
  • Sedative
  • Tonic -- (strengthens and restores vitality)
  • Nourishing for the skin

Allergy Support Recipe

10 drops Xanthoxylum
5 drops Black Spruce
5 drops Niaouli

Blend these oils without any carrier, making a stock bottle. Add drops to a cream, oil, castile soap, or candle diffuser. Put a drop in your shampoo or add to an unscented liquid soap.

rhododendron essential oilRhododendron -- Rhododendron anthopogon

The rhododendron that grows all throughout the USA and Europe is actually native to Nepal. The plant has many traditional healing uses. A tea is often made from the leaves and flowers, which soothes a sore throat, a cold or a headache. The plant also has spiritual uses.

The essential oil is calming and grounding. It's used in skin care, and added to shampoos for healthy hair. It's wonderful in a diffuser, or added to unscented lotions and bath salts.

The oil is a good decongestant, and is antispasmodic for the respiratory system. It also is known to help reduce inflammation and is a nice tonic for the adrenal glands.

There is research that suggests Rhododendron essential oil may support liver function (hepatic metabolism)

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Decongestant
  • Nervous system tonic -- (sedative)
  • Grounding

Liquid Soap Recipe
20 drops Rhododendron
20 drops Lavender
20 drops Orange

Blend into 4 oz of castile soap and use for washing your hands. We keep ours by the sink in the kitchen and bathroom.

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: distillers, Niaouli, Essential Oils, Nepal, Rhododendron, Xanthoxylum

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