In Europe, Helichrysum has been the subject of research for its effects on certain skin ailments, scar reduction, nerve regeneration, and inflammation. The oil is marketed as a virtual anti-aging miracle in France, where it’s known as a “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle.
Helichrysum is to Aromatherapy what Arnica is to Herbalism. Put more simply, Helichrysum is a must have for physical trauma, first aid, swelling and scars.
Helichrysum’s tremendous regenerative properties help heal sprains, strains, sore tendons, muscle aches, and bruises.
How Does It Work
- Analgesic – Reduces pain
- Anti- inflammatory – Reduces swelling, redness, and inflammation
- Astringent – Strengthens skin and other tissue. Reduces secretions
- Regulation – Helps balance and normalize bodily functions
- Vulnerary – Protects and promotes skin healing and cell regeneration
If swelling, redness or irritation occurs, discontinue use. Use Olive oil to remove from Skin. If you have sensitive skin, try 1 drop of essential oil on the inner arm and monitor effects for 24 hours. Keep out of reach of children. Keep away from eyes. Use with caution while pregnant or nursing.
Of the more than 500 different species of Helichrysum, Helichrysum italicum is the only one used therapeutically in French Medical Aromatherapy. The finest Helichrysum italicum is produced in Corsica, harvested fresh at 5am for critical bloom. Distilled for 1.5 hour to capture its peak constituents. While the market is flooded with Helichrysum sourced from Croatia and Ukraine, the chemical make-up of these oils is distinctly different (see below), and so is the aroma. Corsica’s serotinum variety, however, contains the highest levels of Neryl Acetate and di-ketones, both compounds known for their exceptional healing properties. When it comes to finding the best Helichrysum essential oil, look to Melissa’s Botanicals Corsican Helichrysum and nowhere else.
Two most important constituents for healing are the Neryl acetate content and the diketone called Italidone.
- Neryl acetate – 25-40%
- diketone – Italidione – 8-10%
- Neryl acetate – 6-12%
- diketone – Italidione – 6-8%