Helichrysum is a highly aromatic herb that has the capacity to grow in the most inclement of soil, hence its nickname “everlast.” It is native to the Mediterranean and North Africa and is widely cultivated in Spain, Italy, and Yugoslavia. It has been praised in aromatherapy most notably for bruises and wound healing. Extracts are also added to sunscreen to protect the skin from ultraviolet sundays.
Helichrysum assists with circulatory ailments such as varicose veins, bruises, and broken capillaries. It is also a wonderful skin tonic as it stimulates the production of new skin cells, vivifying the skin with an influx of healing cells and helping with acne, dermatitis, eczema, stretch marks, herpes, scar tissue, mature skin, and burns. The astringent properties constrict and help to reverse sagging skin. It also soothes and calms muscle spasms and aches, relieving pain associated with stiff joints and rheumatism related ailments. Lastly, the oil is is prized for relieving chronic coughs, bronchitis, sinus infections, excess mucous, and the common cold.
|Botanical Name||Helichrysum Gymocephalum|
|Country of origin||Madagascar|
|Extraction Method||Steam Distilled|
|Color||A thin, clear, pale yellow to yellow liquid.|
|Scent||A Strong, Fresh, Camphorous, Herbaceous, Earthy Scent|
|Strength of Aroma||Medium|
|Usage||Bath (may need fixed oil), inhaler, light bulb ring, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation. Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of carrier oil). Then, apply several drops (2-4) on location, ankles and wrists. Apply to chakras/vitaflex points. Directly inhale or diffuse.|
|Blends well with||Chamomile, Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose, Clove Bud and any of the oils from the citrus oil family.|
|History||Helichrysum has silvery gray, grassy foliage with a collection of golden flowers that blossom in midsummer, and whose colour last long after they have been picked and dried. Its name is derived from the Greek word helios meaning ‘sun’ and chrysos meaning ‘gold’. This is a reference to the golden color of many of the flowers from this botanical genus. Helichrysum has been used since the time of the ancient who often used it after battles.|
|Warnings||If you are pregnant, consult a qualified aromatherapist for suitability and safety of specific oils. Many oils should not be used during pregnancy, some only need to be avoided for the first 3 – 4 months.|
|Manufacture||Best Natures Cosmetic|
|Country of Manufacture||Canada|
|Disclaimer||This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.