(also known as Greenland Moss or Labrador Tea)
Steam distilled from flowering tops
: grown organically but not certified
beta bisabolene 15.38%
alpha humulene 8.12%
alpha selinene 8.01%
beta pinene 4.31%
alpha pinene 3.86%
gamma terpinene 3.91%
germacrene B 3.24%
Ledum is considered a suitable oil to use with children.
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
Schnaubelt's Blend to Reduce Vomiting and Nausea
Rosemary ct verbenone
Ingested at the rate of 2 drops each twice daily, beginning the day after chemotherapy for 3-4 days.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier
and apply a drop or two over the liver or as desired.
Directly inhale or diffuse
The quality of Ledum is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Kurt Schnaubelt notes that his preferred use of Ledum is internally. He suggests one take 1-3 drops Ledum internally for liver regeneration.
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 eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils
, 2111, page 133.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy
, 1999, page 205.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 319-320.