Labrador Tea Hydrosol

The quality of a HYDROSOL

The quality of a hydrosol depends on the plant and the soil in which the plant grew. It also depends on the quality of the air, the climatic conditions during the growth of the plant, the precise time chosen to collect the plant, the waiting time before distillation and, of course, the quality of the water.

BoreA Canada is able to meet all these quality criteria thanks to its very favourable geographical location, in the heart of the wild boreal forest, far from homes and pollution and where the water, land and air are pure.

Latin Name: Rhododendron groenlandicum or Ledum groenlandicum

French Name: Thé du Labrador, Lédon du Groenland

English Name: Labrador Tea, Greenland Moss

Origin: Quebec, Canada

Distilled Parts: Leaves and flowers

pH: 3.8-4.0

Stability and Shelf Life: Very stable. Should last at least 2 years or more.

Aroma and Taste: Typical fresh aroma, herbaceous with an after taste of eucalyptus.

ORIGIN

The Greenland Moss is a medium-sized shrub found in North America from coast to coast. It crosses the Rockies to the west coast, extending from Alaska to the tundra of the lower mainland Arctic. Labrador tea is found on peaty, acidic and swampy soils. It will choose the least humid places such as mounds and woodlands or semi-wooded areas. It is often found in the presence of black spruce. This resinous shrub with thick alternating and persistent leaves produces white flowers grouped like an umbrella and which are overgrown by young shoots in the spring. The back of the leaf of the Labrador Tea is particular, because of the presence of white or orange woolly hairs.

HISTORY

The Greenland Moss is a wild tea well-known to explorers, First Nations, Inuit and Americans of the time. When tea was in short supply, Labrador tea was a common substitute. Crees from Hudson Bay used it for healing by chewing the leaves and applying it to wounds. Native American women take an infusion three times a day to facilitate delivery. Powdered leaves are very effective against headache thanks to its analgesic power. This powder mixed with fish oil was also applied directly on a baby’s irritated skin. Labrador tea is one of the most therapeutic herbs used by native North Americans.

Therapeutic Benefits of  the Hydrosol

Physical

Labrador tea increases energy metabolism and stimulates the body. It is very well known for its activity in the liver and for managing major moments of intense stress.

Lydia Bosson calls this hydrosol, the fountain of youth.

  • Circulatory system: lymphotonic, venous and lymphatic decongestant.
  • Skin system: very high affinity for skin and mucous membranes, tones, softens and regenerates tissues. Inflammatory, purifying and soothing.
  • Digestive system: digestive, eupeptic, stomach, hepatic stimulant, appetite inducing, spasmolytic of knotted intestinal solar plexus with analgesic properties, mucolytic and lipolytic effect. Stimulates the pancreas.
  • Immune system: rapid and marked immunostimulant.
  • Nervous system: sedative, harmonizes and calms the nervous system at the neurotransmitter level, anxiolytic.

Psychic

  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Important stress

Uses: Liver drainer (biliary disorders), after surgery, hepatitis, cirrhosis, intoxication or as part of chemotherapy, allergies; skin diseases like: psoriasis, eczema, sensitive skin and skin allergies; digestion trouble, heaviness after meals, flatulence, and intestinal gas.

Contraindications: to avoid during the first 6 months of pregnancy, children under 6 years of age and epileptics.

Recommendation: hydrosols are wonderful for the well-being of humans, animals, insects and plants. There are many books on aromatherapy which should be referred to for proper and safe use.

Recipes

Labrador Tea hydrosol: Liver drainer and a detoxifying agent

  • Start the cure with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Labrador Tea hydrosol a day for 3 days and then gradually increase to 2 tablespoons depending on your reaction.10
  • Drink one cup of hot water with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Labrador Tea hydrosol at night after a heavy meal to sleep better.10
  • Take a 40 day cure at the end of summer (1 tablespoon per day in 1 liter of water) if you have continual cravings and are irritable.10
  • Take a 40 day cure to recover from illness (chemotherapy, antibiotics, surgery).10
  • Spray the face after washing for cases of acne, spray a zone of eczema or urticaria, use as a tonic and also internally in case of skin allergies.10

References

  1. Franchomme, P., Jollois, R., Pénoël, D., L’aromathérapie exactement, Encyclopédie de l’utilisation thérapeutique des huiles essentielles, fondements, démonstration, illustration et applications d’une science médicale naturelle, Bayeux, Éditions Roger Jollois, 2001.
  2. E. Miles, D. Baudoux, Les cahiers pratiques d’aromathérapie selon l’École Française, volume 6, Réflexologie, Luxembourg, Edition Inspir S.A. Collection L’Aromathérapie Professionnellement, 2008.
  3. Danièle Festy, Ma Bible des huiles essentielles, Guide complet d’aromathérapie, Montréal, Éditions Caractère, 2009.
  4. Site officiel : Ressources naturelles Canada
  5. © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  6. Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada: review and perspectives: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  7. Plantes sauvages des lacs, rivières et tourbières, Guide d’identification Fleurbec, Montréal, Fleurbec auteur et éditeur, 1987.
  8. « Le thé du Labrador: un thé antidouleur | Marie-France Léger | Santé », La Presse,‎ 13 août 2013 (lire en ligne [archive])
  9. Patricia Dalmas, Guide des eaux florales et hydrolats, Paris, Éditions Médicis, 2016.
  10. Lydia Bosson, Hydrolathérapie, Guérir avec les eaux subtiles des plantes, Bruxelles, Éditions Amyris, 2015

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