Protect the respiratory tract, but also relax and let yourself be enveloped by a good mood thanks to the essential oil of rhododendron, scientific name rhododendron anthopogon, a type of rhododendron native to Tibet, the Himalayas and Pakistan. But this essential oil is also a valuable cosmetic for skin and hair and helps to counteract pain. Let's discover all its properties based on scientific research.
Rhododendron essential oil, antiviral and beneficial for the airways
Rhododendron essential oil shows interesting antiviral and antimicrobial properties, useful to fight colds, protect the throat and lungs (Innocenti et al, Molecules, 2010). Not only that, this balsamic essence also helps to breathe better and counteract respiratory problems such as asthma (Popescu et al, J Ethnopharmacol, 2013). You can spread the essential oil in the room, one drop per square meter in an oil burner, or you can pour a few drops on a handkerchief and breathe throughout the day.
Rhododendron essential oil, for mood
Rhododendron essential oil acts on the nervous system, bringing calm and counteracting stress, nervousness and sadness (Innocenti et al, Molecules, 2010). This essential oil is a tonic and gives energy in case of fatigue. To benefit from these properties, you can add a couple of drops of rhododendron essential oil to an oil burner and spread this oil around the room.
Rhododendron essential oil and pain
Rhododendron essential oil is anti-inflammatory and analgesic, therefore it helps to soothe pain in case of muscle pain but also back pain, rheumatism and gout (Innocenti et al, Molecules, 2010). Add two drops of rhododendron essential oil to 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and apply to the skin with slow massages.
Alternatively, pour two handfuls of coarse sea salt into a bowl and add 5-6 drops of rhododendron essential oil, mix and pour in the bath tub, then soak for an invigorating and soothing bath.
Rhododendron essential oil for skin and hair
Rhododendron essential oil is also used for the beauty of skin and hair (Innocenti et al, Molecules, 2010). In fact, this oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, useful in combating skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis (Rezk et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2015). Not only that, this essential oil, thanks to its active ingredients, such as triterpenes and flavonoids, is also anti-aging and anticancer, capable of counteracting free radical damage and aging processes (Kikowska et al, Molecules, 2018). You can add a drop of rhododendron essential oil to your face cream or serum oil. Instead, for hair care, you can add a drop of this essential oil directly to your shampoo and use to wash your hair and soothe itchy scalp. In addition, thanks to its antioxidant and revitalizing action, rhododendron oil stimulates microcirculation and makes hair soft and healthy, counteracting dry and brittle hair.