Helichrysum Oil: The Everlasting Essential
Helichrysum essential oil is a well renowned and popular essential oil obtained from helichrysum flowers. This oil is excellent for healing scars and sports injuries, among its other uses.
If you want to know more about this wonderful extract, look no further! I’ll be your guide in exploring this wonder of nature.
What is Helichrysum Oil?
Helichrysum essential oil comes from one of the several flowering species in Helichrysum. The most commonly used flower is the Helichrysum italicum. There are other varieties of Helichrysum that are worthy of extracting an essential oil although they are generally not used, like Helichrysum cymosum and Helichrysum arenarium. This essential oil is prepared by steam distillation.
However, it has to meet certain standards before it is accepted as helichrysum essential oil.
The plant helichrysum has religious significance in Greek culture. It also has many medicinal uses. Helichrysum is a combination of two Greek words, helissio ( means turning around ) and chrysos ( gold ). It grows in Africa and the Mediterranean.
Helichrysum essential oil is known by other names like Everlasting oil and Immortelle oil.
Helichrysum Oil Standards
This essential oil may be adulterated with other aromatic plants that smell like helichrysum. The 100 % pure and undiluted helichrysum essential oil is made fully from the flowers of Helichrysum italicum ( also Helichrysum angustifolium ). It should contain a specific compound called neryl acetate in concentration more than 25 %.
This compound is sensitive to climatic factors at the time of picking the flowers, therefore it needs a high degree of quality and technological equipment to control the process. Helichrysum plants are monitored and plucked when the climatic conditions are just right.
The essential oil extracted should be analyzed by chromatography and lots that have lower amount of neryl acetate should be discarded. That is pure helichrysum essential oil.
How does Helichrysum Oil Work?
You have three options to choose from when you want to use helichrysum oil:
- Aromatically: open the bottle and give it a whiff or put three to four drops into a diffuser or into your steam bath.
- Topically: mix with carrier oils like coconut or olive oil and use as a massage oil, or add to a cream or lotion.
- Internally: dilute one drop of the oil in four ounces of liquid.
What are the benefits of using Helichrysum Essential Oil?
Helichrysum essential oil has a plethora of health benefits. It is versatile and can be used in many home remedies.
You can apply helichrysum oil on skin as a regular emollient. It has to be diluted in a base oil though. It prevents the growth of bacterial and fungal infections. However, the strongest effect is seen on scars. Helichrysum essential oil has profound scar healing capabilities.
You can apply it on various kinds of scars, like box car scars, ice pick scars, keloids, acne scars, stretch marks, left over marks of injuries. This is how to use. Take about 5 ml of a base oil, like olive oil. Add 5 drops of helichrysum essential oil.
Apply it on the scar using a cotton ball. Let the oil stay there and seep into the skin. It promotes sloughing of outer skin and thus brings new skin onto the top. The collagen and elastin fibers are stimulated to fill up gaps, or tears. This heals the scars and diminishes its appearance.
Within a few weeks, the scar lightens. For acne scars. one should use a non-comedogenic oil, like jojoba oil as base oil.
Sportsmen regularly face injuries that lead to hematoma. It is a pooling of blood within the soft tissues right underneath the skin due to an injury, like a fall, sprain, hard object impact. It is just a bruise. But, these can take many days to go away.
One can apply helichrysum essential oil on hematoma to help it recover faster. Here too, this essential oil should be diluted in a base oil. One can use about 10 drops for an ounce of base oil. Make sure to do a patch test on healthy skin first.
Helichrysum oil is praised for its wonderful, fragrant smell which is intense. Even a few drops in the vaporizer are enough to fill a room with its aroma. It is therefore used in aromatherapy and steam baths to perform some therapeutic effects.
- It is used to provide respiratory relief. Its aroma calms down spasms and helps to expel mucus from the throat. This helps the person breathe easily.
- It boosts feelings of mental calmness and emotional security.
- Its aroma can prevent air borne allergies. It is believed that this essential oil stops the allergen from creating an allergenic response in the body.
- It improves blood circulation.
- When used in oil packs, it stimulates the liver and spleen. It aids the liver in releasing bile and can help with gallbladder conditions.
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.
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.
In Conclusion: Is it safe to use Helichrysum Oil?
Helichrysum oil is safe to use for most people. But if you have a sensitivity to ketones, it’s best to avoid it while you can. The same goes for people who have recently undergone surgery or are prone to internal hemorrhages, as the oil is an anticoagulant.
Unlike other essential oils, as mentioned earlier, this essential oil can be taken internally, given that it’s diluted.
This also applies to children over age 6 and pregnant women, however, the dosage must be precisely complied with to ensure that no harmful side effects will occur. Children under 6 are still prohibited from drinking this oil.
Before using this essential oil orally, make sure to consult with your physician first. I recommend taking an allergen patch test as well.