Rhododendron essential oil label
Rhododendron anthopogon botanical print

Rhododendron Essential Oil-Anthopogon Rhododendron


BOTANICAL NAME: Rhododendron anthopogon

SCENT: Rhododendron essential oil has an earthy, balsamic, aroma with slight floral undertones.



EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam Distillation.

ORIGIN: The Himalayas

COLOUR: Rhododendron  essential oil has a light to medium green  hue



The Rhododendron is a native plant to the Himalayas. There are over 850 different types of the species that grow all over the world but anthopogon (sometimes andropogon) is the only one from which an essential oil is distilled  Do not confuse it as it is not at all the same as the common Rhododendrons that are grown in our gardens or found growing wild. They are acid loving plants belonging to the Ericaceae family.

Athopogon has been used in rituals thoughout the Himalayas for centuries  It is one of five common Himalayan incense herbs symbolizing the elements that are offered to sanctify and pacify the environment and locals make a healing tea from its leaves and flowers.

Traditional Uses for Rhododendron Essential Oil:-

In aromatherapy Rhododendron oil is regarded as a balancing, clarifying, invigorating oil.  It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and has decongestant properties and may support the nervous system and liver although not enough research has been done in this area and opinions are very much divided.

History of Rhododendrons:-

Rhododendrons belong to the family Ericaceae. There are very few rhododendron fossils. According to Muller (1980) The plants appeared first in the last stage of the cretaceous period immediately preceding the extinction of dinosaurs. They are an extremely ancient species.

Weight 0.125 kg