Essential Oils: Rabbitbrushes
The following species and varieties of Ericameria have complex chemistries and unique aromas.
NEW! Goldenbush (Larch leaf) (Ericameria laricifolia)
Collected in Sedona. This plant is used herbally as a topical antimicrobial for slow healing wounds, and for the relief of muscle and menstrual cramps. The EO has a clearing and bright, slightly citrus peel aroma, and can be used topically for the above mentioned conditions. Antimicrobial, antispasmodic.
NEW! Mohave Rabbitbrush (Ericameria paniculata)
Collected in the eastern Mohave desert, near Kingman, AZ. While we can find no recorded use of this specific Rabbitbrush, other species in the area were broadly traditionally used as gastrointestinal, gynecological, dermatological and respiratory aids. The aroma is sweet and warm, with notes of cumin and licorice, and very similar to Snakeweed, which is also known as a panacea plant.
Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa var. graveolens)
Gathered in the high desert of Northern Arizona (4,500 ft. elevation), while flowering in the Fall. This variety has a distinct dill weed and turmeric root aroma. Dilute (1 drop in a teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera gelly) and apply topically for indigestion.
Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca)
Gathered near the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff (7,500 ft. elevation), while flowering in the Fall. This variety is similar in size and appearance to var. graveolens, but is aromatically different, as it has more floral and fruity overtones. Add two drops to a 1/2 cup epsom salt foot bath, for a 15 minute anti fungal, soothing soak.
Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa var. oreophila)
Gathered near the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff (7,500 ft. elevation), while flowering in the Fall. This variety has the least ʻdillʼ aroma (as it has the least amount of dill ether) and has pine and floral top notes. Dilute and blend with Rocky Mountain Juniper for arthritic and rheumatic joint pain.