Essential Oil Helichrysum (15 mL)
Essential Oil Helichrysum
Helichrysum Essential Oil is derived from Helichrysum, a member of the sunflower family of plants. Though there are many species of helichrysum, the one that’s typically used as an essential oil and natural remedy is the italicum species. This species is a small, perennial shrubby herb with narrow, silver-hairy leaves and small, yellow, straw-like flowers. When crushed, these flowers release a distinct, curry-like aroma. The names “everlasting” and “immortelle” come from the reputation of the flowers for retaining their brilliant colour even when dried.
Helichrysum, the flower that contributes to “Everlasting” and “Immortal” Essential Oil, and known by the names Helichrysum Angustifolium and Helichrysum Italicum, is an European herb native to France, Italy and a few neighboring countries. This is a very costly oil and scarcely available, but unlike other essential oils which have a short shelf life, this oil can be stored for a very long time.
HISTORY OF USE
A widely popular oil in the perfume and skincare industries. The word helichrysum is named after the golden yellow flowers of the plant, and comes from the Greek words helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. The common name, immortelle, also comes from the flowers, because they are long lasting blossoms that do not wither easily.
For those familiar with herbal medicine, Helichrysum is to Aromatherapy as Arnica is to Herbalism. Put simply, Helichrysum is a must have for traumas and first aid, swelling and scars. You may have also heard of this golden flower by its common names; Everlasting or Immortelle. It has been studied in Europe for its enormous ability to promote healthy cell regeneration and normalize inflammation.
Helichrysum is also a key ingredient in French beauty preparations due to it’s chemical composition which supports daily rejuvenation and nourishment of cellular activity. In the US, we’re starting to see it emerge in quality facial care preparations, and we promise you – it is for good reason! Fine quality Helichrysum is a beautiful and organic secret weapon for luxurious and effective skin care routines.
Anticoagulant: This is a very important and life-saving feature of Helichrysum Essential Oil. It may be somewhat difficult to believe for those who think that being a hemostatic or styptic can only help because they can curb hemorrhaging. However, as an anti coagulant, helichrysum essential oil can be a blessing for those who run the risk of heart attacks due to the thickening of blood due to high cholesterol content. It can immediately provide relief in such crises by liquifying or thinning blood. These days, extensive research is going on to derive anticoagulants from natural substances (even saliva from mosquitoes and vampire bats is being considered), since heart diseases and cases of heart attacks are growing at an alarming rate.
Antiallergenic: This quality can also save your life in certain situations. Perhaps you are thinking that I am exaggerating things too far because allergies are limited to some rashes on the skin and stomach aches. You might be surprised to know that these are only external symptoms or expressions of allergy. Allergies first show up in internal organs such as the liver, spleen, lungs, respiratory tracts, intestines and even heart, and in extreme cases may result in severe attacks of asthma, cardiac arrest, unbearable pain in stomach, convulsions and even death. So why risk your life? Keep this oil within reach and use it without delay before visiting a doctor if you think that you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction.
Anti-hematic: The essential oil of Helichrysum helps clear the accumulation of blood or blood clots which result from a hemorrhage. This can be very helpful in clearing blood clots out of the brain after a brain hemorrhage. These clots often interfere with the normal functioning of the brain. This oil helps to dissolve or melt away of such clots by stimulating the enzymes that do that.
Anti-phlogistic:Helichrysum Essential Oil is effective in reducing inflammation resulting from fever, since it is an antiphlogistic. This can help the patient become less worn out and exhausted during fevers, and it also aids fighting and reducing the frequency of fever.
Anti-inflammatory:Apart from giving relief in inflammation resulting from fever, this oil also provides relief from inflammation due to other causes and generally soothes the body.
Antitussive: This property is beneficial for those who are tired of continuously coughing. Being an antitussive, Helichrysum Oil gives relief from coughs that are stimulated by phlegm in the respiratory tracts, as well as coughing due to itchiness in the throat caused by infections.
Nervine: Helichrysum Oil is a nervine, which means that it keeps your nervous system in order, strengthens it and protects it from disorders. Regular use can protect you from nervous disorders that result from aging. It can help you reduce anxiety over insignificant things and generally lower stress levels.
Febrifuge: Fever is not a disease in itself; a fever is just a symptom which shows that the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or unwanted substances. This is why you will rarely see fever as a solitary symptom. It always accompanies colds, viral infections, bacterial infections or infections from wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergic reactions or arthritis. Helichrysum Oil, since it is also an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, antiinflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant, fungicidal and antiseptic substance, helps to not only cure the root of fever, but also reduces the fever.
Cicatrisant: This property of Helichrysum Essential Oil makes your wounds and cuts heal quickly and scar marks disappear fast. It is equally effective on clearing up spots left on your skin by pox, boils, and other skin irregularities.
Expectorant: Helichrysum Essential Oil is also an expectorant. It provides warmth to the respiratory system, which loosens the deposition of phlegm there and does not allow new phlegm to be deposited. It gives relief from continuous cough and congestion that shows as a sign of infection or illness.
Cholagogue: Helichrysum Oil has cholagogue properties, which means that it promotes the discharge of bile into the stomach and helps to neutralize acids, thereby promoting digestion, curing acidity and reducing symptoms of acidosis.
Antimicrobial: Helichrysum Oil inhibits microbial growth and protects the body against a long list of microbial infections.
Antiseptic: This oil does not allow your wounds to become septic. It can be safely applied on wounds, cuts, pricks, and any other open sores that could become infected.
Emollient: This property of Helichrysum Oil makes the skin smooth, soft and helps it retain moisture. It prevents dehydration and cracking of the skin.
Mucolytic: Mucus helps to keep all the internal tracts (larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, food pipe, intestines etc.) moist and slippery, thereby protecting them from scratches and infections. Mucus is essential for the body and without it these tracts may suffer from severe wounds and infections. However, a problem occurs when it starts depositing and thickening in the respiratory system following an infection. Then, that same mucus results in coughs and congestion. Being a Mucolytic, Helichrysum Oil promotes the thinning of excess or hardened mucus through hydrolysis and its removal from the body along with normal excretions. This can effectively cure congestion and coughs resulting from colds and other illnesses.
Diuretic: Helichrysum essential oil has diuretic properties, such as promoting and facilitating urination, both in frequency and in quantity, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the blood through urine. Urination also helps in lowering blood pressure, losing weight by eliminating fat, and improving digestion.
Splenic: This property of Helichrysum Essential Oil can be very beneficial for people suffering from anemia. The spleen is involved in the production and recycling of red blood cells, and having a healthy spleen means that you never run short of blood. This essential oil keeps your spleen healthy and free from infections.
Cytophylactic: Helichrysum Oil promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and stimulates the production of new cells. This helps in the overall growth and repair of the body. This property can be particularly beneficial for growing children or children who have obstructed growth.
Hepatic: Being a hepatic, this oil soothes the liver, relieves it of inflammation, regulates its discharges, protects it from infections and keeps it healthy, active and strong.
Fungicidal: Fungal infections are some of the most dangerous types of infections. This oil prohibits and inhibits fungal infections very effectively.
In Aromatherapy can be used topically:
- to help reduce the symptoms of acne or boils
- to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, bruises & burns
- to help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis
- or inhaled can act as a nervine and calmative which enhances relaxation
- or inhaled to reduce the symptoms of cold & cough
- when experiencing digestive discomfort can act as a carminative and antispasmodic
- to experience relief from eczema and dermatitis
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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