Helichrysum essential oil, also known as, Helichrysum angustifolium or Helichrysum italicum is often referred to as the “everlasting” or “immortal” oil because of the length of its shelf-life. While the cost of Helichrysum can hit the pocketbook pretty hard, compared to other essential oils, most other essential oils have a much shorter shelf-life.
The name “helichrysum” comes from the Greek word “helisso,” meaning, “to turn around,” and the word “chrysos,” which means “gold.” In historical times, the flowers of the plant were dried and offered to the Greek Gods. In aromatherapy, helichrysum is believed to open the heart and to help soothe past emotional wounds and to aid in dealing with depression, stress, and mental exhaustion. The scent of Helichrysum is also believed to help one feel secure and safe.
Natural Health Properties of Helichrysum
- anti spasmodic
- anti coagulant
- anti allergenic
- may protect from some microbial infections
- relieves arthritis pain
- supports nervous system
- anti inflammatory
- relieves coughs
- helps wounds, cuts & scars disappear fast
- reduces fever
- anti septic
- helps neutralize acids
- promotes good digestion
- promotes thinning of excess or hardened mucus
- fights fungal infections
- soothes & relieves liver of inflammation, protects it from infections, keeps it healthy
- supports spleen healthy
- promotes cell health
- prevents dehydration of skin
Rejuvenating Facial Serum DIY
Facial Oils nourish the skin at a deep cellular level. The recipe below is for a rich & healing facial oil ideal for mature, dry, or damaged skin. Ingredients have been shown to help prevent wrinkles, scars & stretch marks.
1/2 oz organic Rosehip Seed oil
1/4 oz organic Jojoba oil
1/4 oz organic Pomegranate Seed oil
5-10 drops Vitamin E Oil (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols)
10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
3 drops organic Helichrysum essential oil
2 drops organic Carrot Seed essential oil
Drop essential oils, Vitamin E Oil, and Rosehip Seed oil into a 1 oz glass bottle and roll bottle between your palms to evenly mix the oils. Top with other oils and roll again. Use daily for best results.
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The Department of Botany, University of Pretoria in South Africa has found that Helichrysum aureonitens demonstrates antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in vitro. [PMID: 8733118] Another study from the Department of Botany at the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg found that it was useful for the treatment of headache or inflammatory diseases, due to its high inhibitory activity. (DOI: 10.1007/s11101-004-5570-7) Studies show that it is also an effective antibacterial agent against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Jan 10;151(1):54-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Nov 14.Helichrysum italicum: from traditional use to scientific data.
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J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Aug 26;149(1):103-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.06.006. Epub 2013 Jun 11.Exploration of the wound healing potential of Helichrysum graveolens (Bieb.) Sweet: isolation of apigenin as an active component.
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