Helichrysum

Essential Oil of Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

 

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: France, Bosnia, Italy and Spain

Plant description: An evergreen aromatic herb that grows up to 24 inches and is also called Italian Everlasting or Immortelle. Has a branched stem, silver-green scented leaves and dark yellow daisy-like flowers.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Flowering tops

Extraction method: Steam Distilled

Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, neryl acytate, nerol, geraniol, eugenol, italidone, and other b-diketones.

PRECAUTIONS: Generally considered safe. Should not be used on children under 12 years.

PROPERTIES: Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, cytophylactic, cholagogue, cicatrizant, hepatic, expectorant, stimulant, and nervine

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Helpful for circulatory disorders; it can relieve the pain of rheumatism and arthritis,

Immune System: Reduces inflammation and promotes a healthy inflammatory response.

Nervous system: Soothes the nervous system

Mental/Emotional: Uplifts the mood and reduces stress

Circulation: calms the heart.

Respiratory system: Has a beneficial affect on colds, flu, bronchitis, coughs and asthma because of its benefit on inflammation.

Skin care: Stimulates collagen production making it a great anti-aging oil, and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis, stretch marks, boils, and abscesses.

About this essential oil: The name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “chrysos” meaning gold, referring to the color of many of the flowers of species in this genus. The reason that helichrysum oil is expensive is because one ton of hand harvested helichrysum flowering tops yields about one kilo of essential oil.

References:

  1. essential oils.co.za/essential-oils/helichrysum.htm
  2. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/helichrysum-essential-oil/profile
  3. http://www.floracopeia.com/Shop/organic-helichrysum-oil-italicum-albania.html

 

 

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