What is Helichrysum oil?
Helichrysum, the flower that contributes to the “everlasting” and “immortal” essential oil, and known by the names Helichrysum angustifolium
and Helichrysum italicum
, is a European herb native to France, Italy, and a few neighboring countries. It is a very costly oil and scarcely available, but unlike other essential oils which have a short shelf life, this oil can be stored for a very long time.
The health benefits
of helichrysum essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antispasmodic, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-hematoma, antiphlogistic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizant, and an expectorant. It also acts as a febrifuge, antiseptic, cholagogic, emollient, mucolytic, fungicidal, hepatic, diuretic, splenic, and a cytophylactic substance.
No toxic or irritating effects have been observed or reported from the use of this oil, but being an anticoagulant, those who have undergone surgery or have chances of internal hemorrhaging should avoid using it. You should always consult an aromatherapist before using essential oils
, including helichrysum oil. Essential oils are very strong, so they should not be used without proper consultation with medical professionals
A spasm is an unwanted, unbalanced, or excessive contraction in the body. It may occur in the respiratory tract, lungs, muscles, nerves or intestines and may result in severe coughs, breathlessness, cramps, convulsions, and severe abdominal pains.
This quality can also save your life in certain situations. Perhaps you may think it is an exaggeration because allergies are limited to some rashes on the skin and stomach aches.
Dissolves Blood Clots
The essential oil of helichrysum helps clear the accumulation of blood or blood clots which result from a hemorrhage. This can be very helpful in clearing blood clots out of the brain after a brain hemorrhage.
Helichrysum essential oil is effective in reducing inflammation resulting from fever since it is an antiphlogistic. This can help the patient feel less worn out and exhausted during fever, and it also aids in reducing the frequency of fever.
Apart from giving relief to inflammation resulting from fever, this oil also provides relief from inflammation due to other causes and generally soothes the body.
Being an antitussive, helichrysum oil gives relief
from coughs that are stimulated by phlegm in the respiratory tracts or by itchiness in the throat caused by infections.
Protects Nervous System
Helichrysum oil is nervine, which means that it keeps your nervous system in order, strengthens it, and protects it from disorders. Regular use can protect you from nervous disorders
that result from aging. It can help you reduce anxiety over insignificant things and generally lower stress levels.
Fever is not a disease in itself; it is just a symptom which shows that the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or unwanted substances.
This property of helichrysum essential oil makes your wounds and cuts heal quickly and scar marks disappear fast. It is equally effective in clearing up spots left on your skin by pox, boils, and other skin irregularities.
Acts as Expectorant
Helichrysum essential oil is also an expectorant. It provides warmth to the respiratory system, which loosens the deposition of phlegm there and does not allow new phlegm to be deposited. It gives relief from a continuous cough and congestion that show a sign of infection or illness.
Helichrysum oil has cholagogic properties, which means that it promotes the discharge of bile into the stomach and helps neutralize acids, thereby promoting digestion, curing acidity, and reducing symptoms of acidosis.
Inhibits Microbial Growth
Helichrysum Oil inhibits microbial growth and protects the body against a long list of microbial infections.
This oil does not allow your wounds to become septic. It can be safely applied to wounds, cuts, pricks, and any other open sores that may attract infection.
This property of helichrysum oil makes the skin smooth, soft
and helps it retain moisture. It prevents dehydration and cracking of the skin as well.
Mucus helps keep all the internal tracts (larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, food pipe, intestines etc.) moist and slippery, thereby protecting them from scratches and infections.
Helichrysum essential oil has diuretic properties, such as promoting and facilitating urination, both in frequency and in quantity, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the blood through urine. Urination also helps in lowering blood pressure, losing weight by eliminating fat, and improving digestion.
This property of helichrysum essential oil can be very beneficial for people suffering from anemia. The spleen is involved in the production and recycling of red blood cells, and having a healthy spleen means that you never run short of blood. This essential oil keeps your spleen healthy and free from infections.
Maintains Cell Health
Helichrysum oil promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and stimulates the production of new cells. This helps in the overall growth and repair of the body. This property can be beneficial for growing children or children who have obstructed growth.
Improves Liver Health
Being a hepatic, this oil soothes the liver, relieves it of inflammation, regulates its discharges, protects it from infections, and keeps it healthy, active, and strong.
Prevents Fungal Infections
Fungal infections are some of the most dangerous types of infections. This oil prohibits and inhibits fungal infections very effectively.
Helichrysum essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils
, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.