Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Helichrysum essential oil or Immortelle oil

Helichrysum essential oil, helichrysum italicum, is more anti- inflammatory than German Chamomile, more tissue regenerating than Lavender, more cicatrisant (helping the formation of scar tissue) than Frankincense. Along with frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, and rose, Helichrysum essential oil ranks as one of the most ancient and valuable healing substances. It heals physical and emotional scarring, and it opens the heart. The word 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. Helichrysum as a herb has been revered since the time of Homer and the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability. Fifteen years ago French aromatherapists started to distill several variations and investigated possible therapeutic (therapuetic) uses of this oil. The Helichrysum Italicum plant grows wild in Mediterranean regions, preferring high altitudes and dry, sunny spots. In the eastern part of the Mediterranean a reddish oil is distilled, whereas in the French and Italian Alps a blue-green oil is distilled. After having experimented with many types of everlasting oils, aroma therapists found one variety, the helichrysum italicum variation serotinum, with absolutely extraordinary healing qualities, but only if the oil is distilled from the flower alone.
Helichrysum essential oil, is used in Europe for respiratory complaints such as asthma chronic bronchitis and whooping coughs and also for headaches, migraine, liver ailments and skin conditions including burns, allergies, and psoriasis. Richly aromatic, the essential oil Helichrysum, soothes your body and raises your spirits with the subtle scent of honey and flora. When mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into sore muscles, it can help soothe aches, pains, sprains, and strains, relaxing the body and easing the tension knotted into the musculature. Helichrysum is like "an eraser" on bruises. When diffused in a diffuser, Helichrysum helps invigorate your mind, eases nervous tension, and uplifts your mood.
Helichrysum (Immortelle, everlasting) essential oil, blends well with the following essential oils: chamomile, labdanum, lavender, mimosa, oakmoss, clary sage, rose, Peru balsam, clove and citrus oils.
Helichrysum oil cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Helichrysum essential oil properties - anti-allergenic, anti- flammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, hepatic, nervine.

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