Helichrysum italicum oil (Helichrysum italicum)
The name “helichrysum” originates from a Greek word “helios,” which means sun, and “chrysos,” which means gold, referring to the flower’s color.Helichrysum belongs to sunflower (asteraceae) family; hence the resemblance.
Helichrysum oil is also known by other names such as “Immortelle” and “everlasting.” Considered to be a very expensive and scarcely available essential oil, the shelf life of helichrysum oil compensates for its costly price as it can be stored for a very long time.
The essential oil has a distinct and intense scent. It has a rich, fruit-like odor with honey undertones. The color ranges from yellow to red with a watery viscosity.
Composition of Helichrysum Oil:
Helichrysum essential oil is made up of 21.7 percent pinene, 10.4 percent curcumene, and 8 percent italidiones.
The therapeutic properties of helichrysum oil are anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, cytophylactic, cholagogue and nervine.
Helichrysum oil is helpful for circulatory disorders; it can relieve the pain of rheumatism and arthritis. It has a beneficial effect on colds, flu, bronchitis, coughs and asthma.
Helichrysum oil has superb regenerating qualities and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis, stretch marks, boils and abscesses. Folk medicine also presents this as a great boon for healing scars and fighting the ravages of aging.
It aids the digestive system, reducing liver and spleen congestion.