OF HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM
APPROACH & PROPERTIES
essential oil shows considerable infraspecific variation;
its main components are monoterpene hydrocarbons (pinene,
camphene, myrcene, and limonene) and monoterpene-derived
alcohols (linalool, teripinene-4-ol, nerol, geraniol,
also their acetates);
important aroma components are nonterpeoid acylic beta-ketones.
It sounds so technical that it’s confusing but
they are important elements and they need to be mentioned.
many people are beginning to appreciate the healing
elements of this plant and aroma therapists world wide
recognize the power of this plant, heres a link to a
super piece all about our friend Helichrysum Italicum,
so get reading folks.
dow now below and discover what helichrysum can do for
you if you have a skin issue but not only : In fact
it is also thought to be a strong chelator, supporting
liver function and potentially drawing heavy metals
and toxins out of the body. It is noted as one of, if
not THE, most effective detoxification supporting essential
oils by Battaglia in 'The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy'.
A strong dilution can be used (coconut oil, for example)
and massaged twice per day into the feet. The reflex
points of the feet corresponding to the liver may be
of greatest help in this process.
essential oil therapeutic properties:
Spasmodic: Helps in relieving headaches, migraines,
asthma, bronchitis and irritable bowels. Spasm means unwanted
and unbalanced or excessive contractions in the body. It may
be in respiratory tracts, lungs, muscles, nerves and intestines
and may result in severe coughs, breathlessness, cramps, convulsions
and severe abdominal pains respectively. In extreme cases,
spasm can also be fatal. So, it is always advisable to treat
it at the very outset. Now here enters Helichrysum Essential
Oil for your help. It is anti spasmodic and can give you quick
relief in cases of spasm discussed above.
: Vitiligo is a disease of skin pigments called melanin.
Rather, it is a disease where there is a loss of skin pigment
or color. Vitiligo affects about 2% of world population
and close to 8% of Indian and Mexican populations. Vitiligo
is not a serious disease, medically speaking. It's social
significance is more than medical importance, as it does
not cause any major harm to the body. Helichrysum Italicum
has an important action against all skin issues and at such
as beneficial effect on this issue.
They may be calmed with 1 to 3 % of Helichrysum in Hazelnut
oil. It really makes it a valuable oil for any rash, acne,
eczema, skin infection, dermatitis and other allergic conditions,
spots, abscesses and boils, and it’s also helpful for
burns and inflammation of any kind
Analgesic effects : mixing Helichrysum
oil with a cream for sports-injury treatment may safely
increase the analgesic effects for some people. The oil
is well-tolerated, and no sensitivity should occur, though
one should always be aware of their own body's reactions,
and discontinue use if necessary. Otherwise, while it is
hoped you are never in need of this oil's benefits in the
first place, it may be worth a try - you could be surprised
by the effectiveness of this aromatherapeutic treatment.
Coagulant: This is a very important and life saving
feature of Helichrysum Essential Oil. It may be somewhat difficult
to digest for those who think that being a haemostatic or
styptic can only help because they can check haemorrhage.
But let me tell you that an anti coagulant can be a bless
for those who run the risk of heart attack due to thickening
of blood due to high cholesterol content in it. It can immediately
give relief in such a crisis by liquefying or thinning blood.
These days, extensive research is going on to derive anti
coagulants from natural substances (even saliva of mosquitoes
and vampire bats is not spared), since heart diseases and
cases of heart attacks are growing at an alarming rate.
This again, can save your quality of life. Now you must be
thinking that I am exaggerating things too far and allergy
is limited only to some rashes on skin and stomachache. You
will be surprised to know that these are only external symptoms
or expressions of allergy. Allergy first shows up in internal
organs such as liver, spleen, lungs, respiratory tracts, intestines
and even heart and in extreme cases may result in severe attacks
of asthma, cardiac arrest, unbearable pain in stomach, convulsions
and even death. So why risk life. Keep this oil within reach
and use it without delay before visiting a doctor.
Inflammatory: Apart from giving relief in inflammations
resulting from fever, this oil also gives relief from inflammations
due to other causes and soothes body. Very effective in treating
cuts, burns, infections and rheumatoid arthritis.
This property of Helichrysum Essential Oil makes your wounds
and cuts heal up and scar marks disappear fast. It is equally
effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils etc. It
is equally effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils,
Helichrysum Essential Oil is also an expectorant. It gives
warmth to the respiratory system, loosens deposition of phlegm
in it and does not let new phlegm deposit. It gives relief
from continuous cough and Febrifuge: 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. Thus, you will see, fever never comes alone. It
always accompanies cold, viral infections, bacterial infections
and infections on wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils,
allergy or arthritis. Helichrysum Oil, simultaneously being
an anti allergenic, anti microbial, anti inflammatory, anti
tussive, cicatrisant, fungicidal and anti septic at a stretch,
helps cure the root of fever and eventually reduces fever,
thereby acting as a febrifuge. Burning helichrysum is also
beneficial for bronchial conditions as it helps break up mucus
and ease lung congestion. It is useful as an expectorant when
Helichrysum Oil has Cholagogue properties, which means it
promotes discharge of bile into stomach and helps neutralize
acids, thereby promoting digestion, curing acidity and acidosis.
Mucus helps keep all the internal tracts (larynx, pharynx,
trachea, bronchi, food pipe, intestines etc.) moist and slippery
and thereby protecting them from scratches and infections
etc. Mucus is essential for the body and without this these
tracts may suffer from sever wounds and infections. But problem
occurs when it starts depositing and thickening in the respiratory
system following any infection. Then it results in coughs,
congestions etc. Being a Mucolytic, Helichrysum Oil promotes
thinning of excess or hardened mucus through hydrolysis and
its removal from the body along with excreta. This can effectively
cure congestion and cough resulting from cold.
Being a hepatic, this oil soothes liver, relieves it of inflammations,
regulates its discharges, protects it from infections and
keeps it healthy, active and strong. It stimulates
the regeneration of liver cells. Di-ketones, which have a
regenerative effect. Huge amounts of di-ketones are found
in Helichrysum oil alone. However I am still researching into
this aspect and I am waiting for medical back up on this.
I will develop this section further in the months to come.
It has diuretic properties, i.e. it promotes and facilitates
urination, in frequency and in quantity, thereby helping removal
of toxic substances from the blood through urine. Urination
also helps in lowering blood pressure, losing weight by losing
fat and improving digestion.
Helichrysum Oil promotes cell health and also encourages recycling
of dead cell and production of new cells. This helps in the
growth of the body This property can be particularly beneficial
for skin care, especially when used in rejuvenating facial
oils. This property can be particularly beneficial for growing
children or children who have obstructed growth.
Benefits: It detoxifies liver, relieves congestion,
neutralizes effects of nicotine and caffeine and helps cure
herpes, cystitis, arthritis, sinusitis, colitis, neuralgia
and varicose veins. It has uplifting effects on mind and improves
Bruise relief: For those really severe bruising you
can apply the Helichrysum Italicum essential oil directly
on the haematoma either in its pure form or diluted in a vegetable
oil in a proportion of 5 to 10%, I find that apricot oil is
really good but other people like rose hip oil. It’s
a question of taste or in this case, smell.
Stimulates the blood circulation and can treat old
bruises therefore reliving skin tissue and can also be applied
to scars, even old ones, phlebitis, varicose veins, oedema
and blotches can be treated in an effective way with great
results. It activates the arterial circulation and the micro
computing blood circulation alleviating suffering in distressed
skin tissue. It is particularly active against blood clots.
mucolityque (loosens bronchi): Helichrysum Italicum
can be used very successfully as a bronchial expectorant which
will elevate congestion. A few drops of this oil in either
hot water or an inhaler will help to relieve and cure this
: Regulates the cholesterol level A and B
and astringent cutaneous and desclerosant: A high
proportion of anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene hydrocarbons.
This compound disperses free radicals. The unique chemical
composition of essential oils from individual plants provides
the oil its healing features. For instance, Helichrysum essential
oil is distilled from the Helichrysum Italicum flowers. The
oil includes a very effective blend of compounds that are
anti-inflammatory, anti-free-radical a very powerful anti-oxidant,
a tissue regenerative, and anti-haematomata.
therapeutic : Studies have revealed that the mere
smelling of natural aromatic oils, such as Helichrysum essential
oil, can help you to sleep better, focus better, improve your
mood. All of these effects can have a positive effect on the
athlete suffering from sports-related injuries. In fact it’s
a great anti depressant. The unique chemical composition of
essential oils from individual plants provides the oil its
healing features. For instance, Helichrysum essential oil
is distilled from the Helichrysum Italicum flowers. The oil
includes a very effective blend of compounds that are anti-inflammatory,
anti-free-radical anti-oxidant, tissue regenerative, and anti-haematomata
a renowned active against blood clots.Use
in a room diffuser and it will sooth the most fraught nerves
and anyone with hyper tension can certainly benefit from this
manner of treatment.
plant can do so much and I’m sure that there will be further
discoveries concerning its healing properties.
Helichrysum Italicum can contains a fairly high level
of Neryl Acetate, and has a high level of Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbons
and Regenerative Diketones found in large quantities too. These
main components contribute to reliving and curing the following
different problems: It can relax and reduce tissues in the area
of an injury. (Sports injuries treated immediately with Helichrysum
vital piece of info is that it treats injuries better than Arnica!
It can also dissipate the free radicals responsible for wrinkles.
This plants effect on the stratum corneum re pulps the extra
matrices cells and is a natural anti ageing substance. Another
major healing factor is its pain reducing capacities and it
also has analgesic effects which are UNIQUE to Helichrysum.
Which is why is used in sport injuries as it acts on pain relief.
Helichrysum Italicum resonates beautifully with the fourth,
or heart chakra and because helichrysum is
a flower that enjoys the sun, it is connected with the solar
chemicals in % are found in Helichrysum Italicum ?
viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many
essential oils, specially those high in terpenes like the helichrysum
Italicum. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old
Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the
Israelites from the plagues that decimated the ancient Egyptians.
These chemicals are found in most essential oils, with citrus
oils having a very large percentage of them. They have high antiseptic
and tonic qualities and are very good air purifiers.They contain
10 carbon atoms. They are colorless and highly volatile. They
can deteriorate very quickly therefore need to be kept at cool
temperatures. Monoterpenes and compounds containing two isoprene
units, which is ten carbon atoms and sixteen hydrogen atoms per
molecule (C10H16) - molecular weight 136 amu for a hydrocarbon
monterpene. There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of monoterpenes.
offering a variety of healing properties, the most important ability
of the monoterpenes is that they can reprogram miswritten information
in the cellular memory (DNA) . With improper coding in cellular
memory, cells malfunction and diseases result, including lethal
ones, such as cancer.
These terpenes are not as volatile as monoterpenes. They contain
15 carbon atoms (hence the name 'sesqui' which means one and a
half). Sesquiterpenes have a calming effect as well as being anti
inflammatory and anti-infectious. Sesquiterpenes are compounds
containing three isoprene units, which is fifteen carbons and
twenty-four hydrogens per molecule (C15H24) - molecular weight
204 amu for a hydrocarbon sesquiterpene. There are more than 10,000
kinds of sesquiterpenes.
molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does
in the blood. Sesquiterpens can also reprogram miswritten codes
in cellular memory. They are studies at the moment that could
lead to prove that they are effective in fighting cancer : The
root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation,
and sesquiterpenes are believed to delete that garbled information.
At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules
creates an environment where cancer cells could not reproduce.
Hence, sesquiterpenes would deliver cancer cells a double punch
- one that disables their coded misbehavior and a second that
stops their growth.
Alcohols are also highly antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal
and antibiotic. They are a good tonic to the nervous system and
can stimulate the immune response.
Terpinene 4 ol
Ethers are much stronger than esters but both have similar properties.
They are a powerful antispasmodic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
They are very gentle on the skin and particularly efficient in
relaxing and rebalancing the nervous system. Note the high level
of Neryl Acetate (here from the Balkans) although lower than what
it is on the Island of Corsica.
: behind the "others" above is hiding some of the following
In small doses, ketones can relax and sedate. They can promote
the healing of scar tissues and are known to be anticoagulants.
They can be useful in stimulating the immune system as well as
treating respiratory complaints. In large doses, however, they
can have the opposite effect and can be a poison to the nervous
system. This can cause miscarriage, convulsions, and even epileptic
The properties of aldehydes are similar to the properties of both
alcohols and ketones. They can calm the nervous system and they
are anti-inflammatory. Aldehydes can be quite harsh however, and
can cause major irritation to both the skin and mucous membranes.
These chemicals have a relaxing and sedative effect. They are
known to have properties that are anticonvulsant and anti-coagulant.
Coumarins, in particular, furocourmains can be photosensitive
therefore it is best to avoid exposure to the sun when using essential
oils with these constituents.
Phenols are the most antiseptic chemicals found in plants. They
stimulate the body and can be beneficial in small doses however
large doses can be a poison to the nervous system. Large doses
can also cause skin irritations as well as digestive discomfort
to sensitive people. Phenols and Phenylpropanoids are compounds
of carbon molecules with a hexagonal ring incorporating one isoprene
unit with a hydroxl radical (OH) attached. There are dozens of
varieties of phenols and phenylpropanoids.
phenols create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria
cannot live, the most important function performed by phenols
and phenylpropanoids is that they clean receptor sites. Without
clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate, and the body malfunctions,
resulting in sickness.
you have read in the previous paragraphs this small, discreet
plant which is the top of the range in essential oils is unveiled
in the above texts, something for everyone. It seems to me that
the previous chapters have been informative on everything from
“why use an essential oil” and in particular, the
method of obtaining an essential oil, and in the case of Helichrysum
Italicum, it is by steam distillation and as we progress in the
different chapters we can see the development of diverse uses
of this amazing golden headed plant, and its unique chemical composition
makes it a rare and elite essential oil.
aroma therapist Eric & Michell Cech explains the “magic
bullet” effect on sports injuries, many other aroma therapists
have participated in this testimonial; its medicinal properties
are amazing. Concerning the cosmetic aspect, a detailed scientific
experiment was conducted and has proved beyond doubt that the
efficiency of the Helichrysum Italicum essential oil as an anti
ageing treatment, it is in fact a regenerator of cells; this enables
the collagen count to multiply and re pulps those parts that other
creams and essential oils can not reach.
How to select an essential oil, and this is obviously applicable
for all essential oils, gives some good advice and again I must
say that the Helichyrsum Italicum that I talk about in this paper,
with the help of the numerous professionals, is the Helichrysum
Italicum not only from Corsica but also from around the Mediterranean
and the Adriatic (check with us the origin of the oil at the time
Numerous testimonials tell of the healing capacities of Helichrysum
Italicum. It is surprising, sometimes incredulous but none the
less true. In fact when you start to use the Helichrysum Italicum
yourself, you will realise its capacity and the statements given
by the friends of Helichrysum Italicum. You too will believe in
the “power of the flower”.
we move on to Dr Badoux’s many remedies all of which include
Helichrysum Italicum, they took me ages to translate and I admit
that maybe one or two still have the French title, so help me
out here folks. Dr Baudoux’s essential oil treatments cover,
literally?, everything from medical skin care to cosmetic skin
care. From varicous veins & nappy rash to acne and eczema.
I am personally going to try out some of Dr Baudoux’s essential
oil treatments with the Helichrysum Italicum; I’ll keep
you posted on the out come.
will be much more added to this paper over the next few months
and longer, I invite you all to join in with this and contribute
your knowledge and lets make it a unique paper in the fact that
people all over the world joined together to unite their efforts
about a small discreet golden headed plant. A unique paper for
a unique essential oil. I wish that all things could be remedied
any one ever ask me “what is Helichrysum Italicum?”
I will reply by the words of a daughter of a customer, a little
girl in Utah called Celeste :
its love ! ”…