Latin Name: Helichrysum italicum
Method of Extraction: steam distilled
The essential oil of Helichrysum is powerful. Once tried, it will become one of the most valuable oils in your professional or home kit. The steam-distilled oil is classified as an ester, which makes it analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-infectious, especially effective in cases of whooping cough. Perhaps it is best known for its efficacy in treating bruises and contusions. Helichrysum contains a special ketone unique to this essential oil, diketone italidone, which has a unique chain of 20 carbon atoms. It gives Helichrysum its powerful anti-hematomal properties. Helichrysum’s anti-inflammatory properties affect many different ailments and illnesses: osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, respiratory issues such as sinus infection, and bronchitis. Helichrysum’s analgesic properties often help in synergy with the anti-inflammatory action, soothing many aches and pains. On an emotional level, Helichrysum is said anti to be grounding without being heavy. It helps bring a sense of connection to those who are disconnected both from others and from themselves. Many people remark when using Helichrysum that it is a complex oil with very subtle but powerful energetic action.