Helichrysum essential oil is a mild essential oil which has a fruity, honey-like smell. It offers a range of rejuvenating and restorative health benefits and is most often associated with skin health.
Keep reading to learn more about the amazing healing properties of this ancient natural remedy!
What is the Helichrysum?
Helichrysum is mostly grown and harvested in the Mediterranean and belongs to the sunflower family(family Asteraceae). Traditional uses include treatment of allergies, coughs, inflammation, and insomnia.
Scientific studies show that the helichrysum plant has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.
Helichrysum for the Skin
Traditionally the helichrysum plant was often used to help with skin problems, including:
- Age Spots
Helichrysum’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects make it an interesting option for homemade skin lotions. Blend a little bit of this oil with frankincense and coconut oil to brighten your skin and fight signs of aging.
This oil has been used for centuries to fight colds and coughs, and its anti-inflammatory properties also make it a good option for soothing sore muscles and joints. As such, when used topically it may offer natural relief to those who suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia.
For homemade massage oil, blend 10 drops each of lavender and helichrysum essential oils with a half cup of jojoba oil.
Digestion and Internal Organ Support
Research shows that helichrysum flowers have antispasmodic properties and therefore can keep tummy problems like cramps at bay, or at least calm them down. The plant may be useful for many digestive issues, including acid reflux, constipation, bloating, and cramping.
Other recent studies point to its possible ability to combat the formation of kidney stones due to its diuretic properties.
Helichrysum may also be used to help with:
- Heart health
- Blood pressure
- Gall bladder
- Kidney stones
- Liver problems
It’s worth noting that Helichrysum is an effective antiviral, and may offer support with immune-related health problems such as HIV and herpes simplex.
How to Use Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum oil is one of the few essential oils that is safe to take internally but make sure that your oil is pure and well-diluted. You may also add a few drops to a bath, use a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser, inhale it directly, or blend it with a natural oil for topical use.
Helichrysum is very safe to use for most people. But do take extra precautions if you have blood problems, if you’ve recently undergone surgery, or if you have gallstones or related issues. Don’t give young children or pregnant women or breastfeeding.
In rare cases it can cause allergies for those allergic to this family of plants (ragweed, daisies, marigolds, chrysanthemums).
Always check with your doctor before using essential oils if you have health concerns.
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