(also known as Greenland Moss or Labrador Tea)
ECO (certified organic) Canada
Steam distilled from flowering tops
pinocarveol isomer 3.87%
Ledum is traditionally used to treat kidney-related issues
and to protect the native North Americans from scurvy
. It has been used to treat fevers
. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-bacterial,
Ledum has a history among native Americans as a 'cure-all
'. It seems to have a stimulating effect on the immune system
. Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD suggests to take Ledum internally for liver and kidney detoxification
and feels it excels when used during recuperation for general support of the immune system. He also notes that Ledum is helpful for insomnia. In "The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils," Schnaubelt notes that Ledum is "very effective in lessening nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy
; it reduces pathologically elevated levels of transaminase [indicators of chronic hepatitis] and gamma-GT enzymes. It apparently acts as an antitumor agent by inducing cellular apoptosis. After conventional treatments, it is effective for draining the liver
." (p. 178). Schnaubelt suggests one take 1-3 drops Ledum internally for liver regeneration
(p. 133). In Medical Aromatherapy
, Schnaubelt writes: "Highly specific and effective sesquiterpenoids make this oil the number one choice for liver and kidney detoxification, especially after acute illness (taken internally, two drops per day). Aromamedicine recommends this oil for the treatment of nephritis [kidney inflammation
]. It is also quite effective in counteracting insomnia
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage):
Dilute with a carrier
and apply a drop or two over the liver or as desired.
Directly inhale or diffuse
Ledum is suitable for internal use within safe parameters. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. Kurt Schnaubelt notes that his preferred use of Ledum is internally. He suggests one take 1-3 drops Ledum internally for liver regeneration (p. 133). Click here for information about internal usage.
1. My daughter has had elevated liver enzymes
since being on IV antibiotics for Lyme disease. We got them under control using Hep Blend (Celery Seed, Helichrysum, Ledum), Liver Gallbladder Blend and Ledum on her lower back twice a day. Once they were under control, I tried going back to just using Hep Blend by itself but the enzyme levels came back up. But we're very thankful for a way to keep them under control! - Katy
According to Tisserand, Ledum has no known hazards or contraindications.
Avoid contact with the eye. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eye and skin. Essential oils are hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Wiping with carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eye. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils
, 2111, page 133.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy
, 1999, 205.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 319-320.