In this excerpt from The Pharmacy of Flowers, a home study course on how to use essential oils safely and effectively, David Crow shares his search for the finest Corsican helichrysum.
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About Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum Italicum):
Very few oils can boast such a broad spectrum of effective therapeutic use, promoting a healthy inflammatory response.
Helichrysum essential oil is a vital component of cosmetic skin care formulations, and is reputed to support the multiplication of the skin’s natural collagen count, contributing to the reduction of wrinkles. Supportive in the healing of wounds, bruises, and scar tissue, helichrysum significantly enhances skin health, regeneration and beauty.
Its overall cleansing effect and its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response make helichrysum a great support to the respiratory, immune, and neurological system providing mood uplifting and stress reduction benefits to boot.
How to Use Helichrysum Oil:
Helichrysum italicum can be applied topically, used in direct inhalation, and diffused. Its primary use is by topical application to support skin healing. Very effective in dilution, helichrysum can also be applied neat.
Blend Helichrysum into a carrier such as jojoba or rose infused marula oil or other carrier. It works synergistically with Rosehip seed oil.
To support skin healing, apply helichrysum neat.
A drop or two on sore muscles, bruises and joints to support the body’s natural process of healing.
Apply one drop to skin to promote smooth skin and skin regeneration.
Diffuse helichrysum to soothe nerves.
Interesting Helichrysum Essential Oil Information:
There are over 600 species in the Helichrysum genus occurring in temperate regions throughout the world. The genus includes annuals, herbaceous perennials and shrubs. Helichrysum species thrives in sunshine, and enjoys growing in arid, sandy, stony areas and along mountainsides. Over 250 different species of helichrysum reside in South Africa. The name 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. The reason that helichrysum oil is expensive is because one ton of hand harvested helichrysum flowering tops yields about one kilo of essential oil.
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