Ledum Oil

Labrador tea plant- Source of Ledum Oil 

What is Ledum oil?

The Labrador tea plant was actually one of the first plants to be cataloged by the European explorers to America in the 1400s. Predominantly found in North America, this plant has from days past been used for medicinal purposes. It was an everyday cure-all remedy for native Americans, who used it for most of their medicinal and therapeutic mixtures. Ledum oil is extracted from the leaves of the Labrador tea plant (also known as Greenland moss) shrubby way of steam distillation.

Properties

Mostly composed of terpenes, the oil has a smoky slightly sweet aroma, a thin consistency, and a pale-yellow color. Other components of the oil include vitamins, tannins, a-pinene compound, cymene, and myrtenol. Because of the high presence of aromatic compounds which directly affect the limbic system, ledum oil has powerful antidepressant and stress relief properties. It also has antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and detoxification properties. Ledum oil is efficient for its anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, and also its anti-malarial properties due to the presence of sesquiterpenes in its composition.

Precautions

  • Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using the oil.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.

Benefits

That lovely and beautiful skin

Essential oils are generally known to be powerful antioxidant agents and ledum oil is no different. Its antioxidant properties make it a good anti-aging, and anti-wrinkling agent, and further promotes the growth of new cells. Your skin will definitely feel fresh, smooth and youthful after use. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and so can be used for your skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

Ache-free heads

Ledum oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which can be used to reduce blood pressure and tension in the capillaries of the brain, thereby eliminating simple headaches.

The Zen master

We all love a good rest, tranquility and some serenity, and that doesn't necessarily mean sleep. Ledum oil is known for its soothing effects on the nervous system, which leaves you with a general feeling of calm. It is also a powerful antidepressant and stress reliever due to the rich presence of aromatic compounds. Time for some aromatherapy, no need for pills or shots.

Dispose in peace

Anti-bacterial properties of ledum oil make it a good disinfecting agent and is used mostly to prevent urinary tract infections.

Thyroid balance

Ledum oil has been widely used in the balancing of thyroid functions. It regulates the thyroid hormone levels and ensures smooth metabolism.

Weight control

Ledum oil is also known to boost metabolism and suppress appetite, which both promotes calorie burning and subsequent loss of weight.

Cancer and tumor prevention

The antioxidant nature of this oil makes it a boost to healthy cell growth, preventing tumors and malignant cell growth by attacking free radicals in the body that can cause cell mutation.

Side effects

  • Consuming tea made from the Labrador plant is fine, but consuming the essential oil orally is not advised and should be avoided.
  • Your skin may be allergic to the oil, and so should be used moderately or not at all if it causes irritation