Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Helichrysum italicum
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Other names: Helichrysum, Italian Strawflower, Everlasting, St. John's Herb
Country of Origin: Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Part of plant used in production: Flowering tops
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: The Helichrysum angustifolium herb growing up to 60cm tall with daisy-like brightly coloured flowers and a highly branched stem which is woody at the base. As the plant matures, the flowers become dry but retain their colour.
Characteristics: A sweet, rich honey-like scent with spicy warm overtones, and a delicate tea-like undertone. Striking beautiful and unique complex aroma.
Properties: Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrisant, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, mucolytic, nervine.
Constituents: pinene, camphene, pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, neryl acetate, nerol, geraniol, eugenol, italidone, and other diketones.
Uses: Helichrysum has been revered since ancient times for its pronounced wound healing properties, and often said to be the ultimate "healing oil." Known throughout Europe as a go to remedy to ease pain, reduce inflammation, fade bruises and scars, and regenerate skin cells. Containing both antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, Helichrysum is a wonderful addition to formulas intended to treat acne. In addition to it's use to kill bacteria, Helichrysum is also a notable as a topical pain reliever making it a perfect ingredient in balms and serums designed to ease the symptoms of dermatitis, eczema, cuts, burns, neuralgia, neuropathy, sunburn, urticaria, varicose veins and wounds. Additionally the anti-inflammatory properties make this essential oil instrumental in healing formulas that want to include rheumatoid arthritis, joint and muscle pain. Unique to helichrysum is it's ability to promote the regeneration of collagen, and the rejuvenation of skin cell growth which significantly reduces the appearance of bruising, scars, stretch marks, and fine line.
Blends well with: bergamot, chamomile Roman and German, clary sage, clove bud, Frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, linaloe wood, lime, neroli, orange, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary or vetiver.
Interesting Facts: Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word ‘helios’ meaning sun, and ‘chrysos’ which means gold and refers to the colour of the flowers.
Safety: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritant. For topical uses only, avoid contact with eyes and mouth.