Aromatherapy
Helichrysum

Helichrysum angustifolium / Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum is a flower, which is also known by other names like Helichrysum Italicum and Helichrysum Angustifolium. This is an European herb having its origin in Italy, France and some adjoining countries. The essential oil of helichrysum is extremely expensive because it is available scarcely. Helichrysum essential oil is different from many other essential oils that have brief shelf-life. This particular essential oil is also special since it can be stored for an extremely long period.

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When the body experiences an unwanted, unstable or may be even extreme contractions, the condition is known as a spasm. For instance, spasms may occur in the lungs, respiratory tract, nerves, muscles or intestines. When one is enduring spasms, he/ she may suffer from breathlessness, coughs, convulsions, cramps and acute abdominal pains. Spasms in the respiratory tract causes severe coughs, it leads to gasping when it occurs in the lungs, muscle spasms cause cramps, spasms in the nerves lead to convulsions and when it occurs in the intestines the sufferer experiences abdominal pains.

In acute cases spasm may even prove to be fatal. Hence, it is advisable that people who are vulnerable to spasms should contact their physician and undergo immediate treatment. The essential oil of helichrysum is an ideal remedy for the conditions mentioned above. This essential oil possesses antispasmodic properties and has the ability to provide instant relief from spasms. In fact, use of helichrysum essential oil stops a spasm as soon as it begins. At the same time, inhaling this essential oil regularly can also help in preventing the occurrence of spasms.

Several therapeutic attributes of helichrysum essential oil serve as a life saving remedy. For instance, the anti-coagulant property of this essential oil is extremely valuable and proves to be a life saving feature in specific situations. In fact, many people would find it difficult to believe this, because they think that generally only hemostatic or styptic agents are able to stop hemorrhages. Nevertheless, being an anti-coagulant, even this essential oil possesses the ability to be a blessing for people running the risk of having a heart attack owing to the condensing of blood and high cholesterol levels. When ever one is confronted with such crises, it is advised that he/ she should use helichrysum essential oil, which has the ability to provide immediate relief by thinning or liquefying the blood in the vessels.

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Currently, scientists are into extensive research to identify anti-coagulant agents from natural substances and isolate them for use in place of synthetic drugs. For instance, they are examining the saliva of mosquitoes as well as vampire bats for their potential use as anti-coagulants. This is primarily owing to the fact that in recent times there has been an alarming rise in incidences of heart attacks and other heart diseases.

This oil also possesses anti-allergic property, which is extremely valuable in specific situations and can even save your life. In fact, allergies first assault the internal organs like the lungs, liver, respiratory tracts, spleen and the intestines. They may also occur in the heart and, in very serious cases allergies may lead to acute bouts of asthma, convulsions, cardiac arrest, intolerable stomach pains and eventually even death. Therefore, instead of putting your life in constant risks of allergies, you should always keep helichrysum essential oil handy and use it instantly, before visiting a physician, if you believe that you may possibly enduring an acute allergic reaction.

Helichrysum essential oil possesses anti-coagulant properties. In other words, use of this essential oil helps to clear blood clots or blood accumulation due to hemorrhages. In fact, the essential oil of helichrysum may prove to be highly beneficial in removing blood clots from the brain following a brain hemorrhage. It has been found that such blood clots usually interfere with the brain's normal functioning. Use of this essential oil helps to melt away or dissolve blood clots formed in the brain by invigorating the production and secretion of enzymes that are responsible for this job.

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The oil extracted from helichrysum is also useful in diminishing inflammation caused by fever, as it possesses anti-phlogistic attributes. This property of helichrysum oil is helpful for people who become exhausted and worn out during fevers. At the same time, use of this oil helps to combat as well as reduce the incidences of fever.

In addition to providing relief from inflammation caused by fever, helichrysum essential oil also alleviates inflammation caused by other issues. Its use helps to soothe the body.

The anti-tussive attribute of this oil is useful for people who are exhausted due to constant coughing. This property of helichrysum oil also provides respite from coughs attributed to phlegm build-up inside the respiratory tract and also coughing caused by itchiness inside the throat. Usually, such itchiness is caused by throat infections.

Helichrysum essential oil is also an effective nervine. In other words, this oil helps to sustain the normal health and functioning of your nervous system, while making it stronger and protecting it from various disorders. Using this essential oil on a regular basis can help to protect people from various nervous disorders, especially those that are age related. In addition, the essential oil of helichrysum is also useful in reducing nervousness over trivial things. The use of this oil usually helps to reduce the levels of stress and tension.

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As most of us are already aware, fever is not a disease, but a symptom that manifests the fact that our immune system is combating infections, alien or unwanted substances. This is the main reason why fever is generally accompanied by several other symptoms - it is never a solitary symptom. Usually when a person is suffering from fever, he/ she may also endure colds, bacterial infections, viral infections, infections from wounds, boils, pox, arthritis, allergic reactions and/ or malfunctioning of the liver. As helichrysum essential oil is anti-microbial, anti-allergic, anti-tussive, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, antiseptic and cicatrisant substance, its uses helps to cure the underlying cause of fever and, at the same time, brings down the body temperature.

When we talk of cicatrisant property, we denote the ability of a substance to form new tissues over a scar and this new tissue later constricts to become a scar. Helichrysum essential oil possesses cicatrisant property, thereby healing wounds and cuts more quickly and also helping the scars to disappear faster. At the same time, applying this oil onto the skin helps in removing the spots left behind by boils, pox and other skin complaints.

This essential oil is also an excellent expectorant. It works by providing warmth to the entire respiratory system, which, in turn, slackens the phlegm deposit there. At the same time, helichrysum essential oil prevents build up of new phlegm in the respiratory tract. Use of this oil also provides respite from incessant coughing as well as congestion that is an indication of an ailment or infection.

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The essential oil of helichrysum also possesses cholagogue properties. In other words, use of this essential oil encourages bile discharge into the stomach, thereby assisting in neutralizing the acids formed as well as secreted into the stomach. This action of helichrysum oil promotes digestion, treats acidity and also lessens the symptoms related to acidosis.

Use of helichrysum essential oil also restrains the growth of microbes, thereby protecting the body against various types of infections by bacteria, fungus, yeast, virus and other microbes. Applying this essential oil onto wounds prevents them from becoming septic. This oil can be applied safely on cuts, wounds, pricks and different open sores that have the potential of being infected.

Helichrysum essential oil also possesses emollient or soothing properties. Therefore, applying this oil to the skin helps to make it softer and retain moisture. This oil is also useful for preventing cracking of your skin and the skin becoming dehydrated.

Mucus is essential for our body for it ensures that the various internal tracts, including the food pipe, bronchi, trachea, pharynx, larynx, intestines and others) are slippery and moist. In this way, mucus protects these internal tracts from infections and scratches. Without the presence of mucus, these tracts may become vulnerable to infections and even incur serious wounds. Nevertheless, mucus also turns to be harmful for the body when it accumulates and condenses inside the respiratory tract after an infection. As helichrysum essential oil is a mucolytic agent (a substance that breaks down mucus), using this oil in such conditions encourages thinning of surplus or toughened mucus by a process known as hydrolysis and get rid of them from the body with other normal excretions. The property of helichrysum essential oil is effective in treating congestion as well as coughs caused by colds and various other ailments.

The essential oil extracted from helichrysum possesses diuretic properties and, hence, it works to increase the frequency as well as quantity of urination. In this way, this essential oil helps in getting rid of the toxins and waste substances in the bloodstream through urine. In addition, urination also helps to lower high blood pressure and also eliminate fats, thereby aiding in weight loss. Helichrysum essential oil also possesses stomachic properties and helps to improve digestion.

The splenic (pertaining to spleen) property of this essential oil may prove to be highly beneficial for people enduring anemia. As the spleen is responsible for production as well as recycling of erythrocytes or red blood cells, a healthy or robustly functioning spleen means you will never be suffering from blood deficiency in your system. Helichrysum essential oil ensures that your spleen remains healthy as well as infection free.

Helichrysum essential oil offers several other health benefits, including supporting the health of the cells, promoting dead cell recycling and encouraging new cell production. All these help in the general growth as well as the repair of the cells in our body. This attribute of the essential oil of helichrysum is especially beneficial for growing children or children suffering from stymied growth.

The essential oil obtained from helichrysum also possesses hepatic property. As a result, use of this oil helps to keep the liver calm, alleviates inflammation, controls the discharges from the liver and shields this vital organ from various types of infections. In brief, this essential oil is useful in keeping your liver healthy, energetic as well as strong.

It is worth mentioning here that fungal infections are considered to be among the most perilous form of infections. Use of helichrysum essential oil is effective in protecting you from as well as restraining fungal infections.

Helichrysum essential oil is a very potent oil that has several beneficial functions, including detoxifying the liver, clearing up congestions, and combating the harmful effects of caffeine and nicotine. At the same time, this oil is effective in treating several ailments and health conditions like arthritis, colitis, cystitis, herpes, neuralgia, and varicose veins. Moreover, this oil uplifts moods and improves the mental functioning.

General properties

  • anti-allergenic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • antispasmodic
  • anticoagulant
  • anti-hematic
  • anti-phlogistic
  • antiseptic
  • anti-tussive
  • cicatrisant
  • cholagogue
  • cytophylactic
  • diuretic
  • emollient
  • expectorant
  • febrifuge
  • fungicidal
  • hepatic
  • mucolytic
  • nervine
  • splenic

Blends well with

General uses

  • acidosis
  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • colitis
  • cramps
  • cough
  • cystitis
  • fever
  • heart attack
  • herpes
  • high blood pressure
  • infections
  • neuralgia
  • scarring
  • stress
  • wounds
  • varicose veins

Precaution

Helichrysum essential oil is safe for use by almost everyone and, as of today, there have been no reports of irritation or toxicity following the use of this essential oil. However, since helichrysum essential oil is a potent anticoagulant, it should be avoided by people who have gone through a surgery or are susceptible to internal hemorrhages.

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