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European physicians prized Helichrysum oil as a treatment for any skin disorder or irritation because of its ability to reduce inflammation and fight bacterial infection? It is one of the best oils to use for bruising.
The name Helichrysum is a composite of the Greek words for sun (helios) and gold (chrysos), so named because the flowers resemble small golden suns. Its common name: Immortelle, or Life Everlasting, derives from the fact that the flowers do not wither. Interestingly, when the plant is dried, it keeps the same shape and the flowers remain the same vibrant yellow color they were when alive. This might be why it was once thought to have magical powers. The species name italicum indicates that the plant is from Italy.
In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that Helichrysum has the themes of clinging to life, the quest for immortality and the need to surrender to the natural order of the cycle of life and death.
Latin Binomial: (Helichrysum italicum)
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Essential Oil: An orange essential oil. A brown-red absolute.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part Used: Flowering tops
Yield: essential oil: 0.075 – 0.2%
Aroma: Intense, spicy with a touch of honey.
Odour intensity: High
Perfume Note: Base
Blends well with: Chamomile (Roman and German), Cistus, lavender, geranium, clary sage, rose, clove and citrus oils.
Perfume Key Qualities: Grounding, warming, stimulating.
Cautions: None known.
Helichrysum has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic and sedative properties.
Helichrysum helps to dissolve energy blockages. It promotes compassion for one’s self and others. It helps to integrate compassion and spirituality.
- Chakra: Third Eye
- TCM Meridian: Heart, Circulation, Gall Bladder and Liver.
- Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- Animal Connection:
- Numerology: Helichrysum 9, Helichrysum italicum 3
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