Organic Rhododendron Essential oil

Rhododendron anthopogon

Rhododendron anthopogon

Anthopogon is locally called Sunpati and belongs to the family Ericaceae. It is an evergreen shrub that can reach an height between0.6  and1 meter. It is found throughout the country especially at the altitude of 3000 – 4800 meter. Anthopogon oil is obtained by steam distillation of the aerial part of the rhododendron flower. Its leaves and flowers are used as tea to aid digestion, stimulate appetite and relieve liver disorders. In cosmetics, the oil is used to clean, purify and soothe the skin and hair providinga calming effect. In aromatherapy, the oil is effective against cold, cough and chronic bronchitis. Because of its fruity, fresh, sweet herbal, balsamic odor, rhododendron oil is used in perfumery products, soap, shampoos and other skin care products.


Harvesting season is from August till November.

Common Name: Anthopogon

Botanical Name: Rhododendron anthopogon

Botanical Family: Ericaceae

Cultivation: Wild crafted

Extraction method: Steam Distillation

Plants part: Flowers and Leaves

Yield: 0.3%

Local Name: Sunpati


Aroma: Sweet herbal, faintly balsamic

Notes: Middle

Color: Pale yellow

Appearance: Fluid liquid



Specific Gravity: 0.8960 at 18.40C
Refractive Index: 1.487 at 200C
Optical Rotation: (-) 5.9 at 250C
Acid Value: 2.659
Ester Value: 11.32
Flash Point: 660 C
Solubility: Insoluble in water

Chemical Family: Monoterpenes


Therapeutic Properties:

Antioxidant, Antidepressant, Analgesic, Antimicrobial


Monoterpenes, α-pinene, β-pinene, limonene and sesquiterpene δ-cadinene.

  • Traditional uses:
  • Medicine: Leaves are boiled and the vapor is inhaled to relieve cough and cold. Traditionally, leaves and

flowers are used in stomach, liver and lungs disorders, indigestion, sore throat, phlegm diseases, used as

appetizer, diuretic and in vomiting.

  • Food: Flowers are used as substitute of tea
  • Aroma therapeutic uses:
  • Circulation, muscles and joints: Gout, obesity, rheumatism.
  • Immune system: Cold, flu, infections.
  • Nervous system: Anxiety, nervous tension and stress related conditions.
  • In perfumery, soaps, shampoos, creams,(massage) oils etc.
  • Aromatic, stimulant administered as an erihine (stimulant?) to encourage sneezing.