The oil is taken from the flowers of the plant. History Also called Immortelle and Everlasting. The name comes from the Greek word helios (sun) and chrysos (gold) because the flowers look like little golden suns. Teas made from the flowering tops of Italian helichrysum were traditionally used for skin complaints, asthma, coughs, arthritis, poor digestion and headaches. They were also taken to dispel worms. Effects • Most trials on various species have confirmed the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-haematomia and antibacterial properties of helichrysums in general. • Said to increase dream activity and stimulate the right-brain. Aromatherapists use it for those considered too cerebral and ungrounded. • Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticoagulant, antiseptic, expectorant, cicatrisant. • Helps alleviate anxiety, stress and nervous exhaustion. • Helichrysum oil is valued in aromatherapy for its psychological effects. • its warming sensation can be helpful for people who feel cold or who may have received too little warmth and affection in their lives. • Opening and inspirational, relaxing and elevating, helichrysum is thought to increase dream activity and awareness and to stimulate the right (intuitive) side of the brain. Uses • It is used to soothe and fortify a depleted nervous system. Also helpful for mild depression and the emotional symptoms associated with PMS. • Added to the bath water or made into a massage oil, it relaxes yet also fortifies an overwrought system. • The oil is effective in physical trauma. Helichrysum can be used as an emergency first aid treatment of injuries. It can be applied drop by drop to bleeding wounds, even large ones, if medical help is not available. • It is said to reduce and even stop hemorrhage until medical treatment is available. It has been found to be extremely useful in severe burns and in the regeneration of tissue during wound healing. When applied regularly on a closed wound, it has been found that almost any wound will heal without a visible scar. It is therefore strongly recommended as a treatment after surgery. • The oil has been found to increase the body’s ability to ward off infectious illness such as coughs, colds and flu. For such purposes, it may be used in the bath, in steam inhalations or diluted in a carrier oil and applied as a chest rub. • The ketone content may provide anti-inflammatory properties that rival the effectiveness of German chamomile for treating inflammation. • Not only can musculoskeletal inflammation be addressed with helichrysum, but couperose, rosacea and sensitive skin can be greatly improved and hematoma virtually eliminated. • Used to stimulate the endocrine system, it’s understood to cleanse the blood and purify the body. Stimulates liver, gall bladder, kidney, spleen and pancreas – the detoxification organs. • Use steam inhalation for sinus infections, bronchitis and coughs. • Good for massage blends for rheumatoid arthritis. • Recommended for eczema and allergies. Its anticoagulant properties make it useful in the treatment of severe bruising. Home use Vaporize to induce compassion and creativity.
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