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Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) Hydrosol

Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) Hydrosol

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Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Ledum groenlandicum
English Name : Labrador tea
French Name : Thé du labrador, ledon du groenland
Origin : Canada

History and origin

In North America, Labrador tea is transcontinental. It tends towards boreal and arctic regions. This indigenous species is mainly found in bogs and sites populated with black spruce. It is a medium-sized evergreen shrub with alternate and oblong leaves. Native Americans drink infused Labrador tea to treat certain respiratory, digestive and renal problems, rheumatisms, scurvy and headaches. They also use it as a blood purifier and as a parturition aid. Besides, the infusion was used as a wash for wounds, insect bites and skin rash and to prepare a dark brown tincture used to color wool and wood.


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Extraction : Steam distillation
pH : 3.8-4
Aroma and taste : Highly complex scent and unusual odor. Very potent but feminine, or yin, without being floral. Wet and wild, herbaceous but not green, sour-sweet, like new-mown hay. Its intensely bitter, astringent flavor has an analgesic effect and aftertaste reminiscent of eucalyptus but fading into hay.
Stability and Shelf Life : Very stable. Lasts two years or more with little or no degradation, although after this point it may start to develop a very slight gray color.

Properties and Applications

The most powerfully therapeutic of all hydrosols. So strong that its recommended dosage is one tablespoon per one and one-half litres of water, which is less than half the normal recommended dose. Higher doses may result in “proving” of the properties; in other words, you may develop the symptoms that are normally improved or cleared up by Ledum.

A liver regenerator and cleanser, it detoxifies the organ and seems to improve liver functions generally. Excellent for recovering from surgery or after a serious illness or infection, as it cleans foreign substances from the system. Start with very low doses and slowly work up to one tablespoon per day over three weeks. Its bitter nature and affinity for the liver make it useful in treating digestive disorders, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, bloating, and the effects of overindulgence.

A general restorative, Greenland moss seems to assist the immune system and support the adrenals. It is a tonic for allergies when it is combined with topical applications of black spruce hydrosol or essential oil over the adrenal gland area. Mildly diuretic and cleansing to kidneys, it can be used with dandelion tincture to stimulate lymphatic circulation and has good synergy with bay laurel. An autonomic nervous system balancer, it is strongly sedative and works well on insomnia. On inflammatory skin conditions, the results are either spectacular or nonexistent, which seems to be a function of the individual constitution. Its internal anti-inflammatory properties are far more reliable, and applications for colitis and inflammatory bowel conditions are worth future study. Greenland moss is experimental for tumor reduction and treatment of liver cancers, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and ascites.

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
  • La Flore Laurentienne
  • Native American Ethnobotany