Helichrysum essential oil comes from the Helichrysum italicum plant originated in the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Helichrysum italicum is also called curry plant because its leaves has a strong curry-like smell. Helichrysum italicum is beyond beautiful. It is used as a fixative in perfumes but is gorgeous when enjoyed on its own. Helichrysum italicum has a musky, slightly honey-sweet and pleasantly pungent aroma like wild sage, making it ideal for pairing with Peppermint and other minty essential oils.
Ways to Use Helichrysum Essential Oil
Whether you are interested in learning how to use helichrysum essential oils at home or would like to get an aromatherapy treatment, there are a couple of options:
When a very small amount is combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado oil), helichrysum oil can be applied to the skin during a massage or added to baths.
Diluting to use over large areas of your skin, you’ll want to check for allergic reaction. Dilute the essential oil (2 to 3 drops helichrysum oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil) and place some on your forearm in a small circle. If there is no reaction within a day it should be safe to use on other parts of your body.
Helichrysum oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a drop of the oil onto a cottonball or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.
Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil
Studies have suggested that helichrysum essential oil can help promote healing, fight infection, and reduce inflammation. Most studies have been small, or involve animals or tissue in the laboratory, rather than humans. Despite its long history of use, the research on essential oils is often limited and helichrysum oil is no exception. However, there’s some early research suggesting that helichrysum essential oil may offer benefits. These include:
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
A 2012 study published in Natural Product Communications found that helichrysum oil may possess antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, due to the lack of clinical trials testing the effects of helichrysum oil, it’s too soon to recommend this oil in the treatment of bacterial or fungal infections.
Studies suggest that helichrysum oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it may be able to reduce muscle and joint inflammation (may reduce arthritis symptom) when rubbed into the affected area. Treating skin inflammation is a long-standing traditional use of helichrysum oil.
Cough and Allergies
Helichrysum oil may have antimicrobial properties that help fight colds and coughs. In a way colds and coughs can cause inflammation in your airways and inside your nose. Also, allergy symptoms are often the result of inflammation, which happens when the immune system reacts to an allergen. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory properties of helichrysum may help reduce allergy symptoms.
Helichrysum essential oil has generally been found to be safe. However, there have been a few studies that suggest there might be some things to be aware of when using the oil. Be sure to dilute the oil in a carrier oil before using it to avoid skin irritation, inflammation, and toxicity. You can do a skin patch test on a small area before using it topically. Some oils can cause allergic skin reactions, which may be caused by allergies to the flower or to other ingredients and additives in the oil.
If you are pregnant, and nursing, be sure to consult your doctor or physician before go near the essential oils. Keep away the oil from small children and pet. Pet are more sensitive toward the oil than humans and it may cause some health problem to your pet if inhale too long. Avoid ingesting any essential oils.
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