Helichrysum

Plant/part: Roots (source: france, india, egypt and europe)

Latin name: Helichrysum italicum (italian everlasting or immortelle)

Family: Asteraceae

Note: Base

Extraction: Distillation/solvent extraction

Aroma: Strong, woody with a hint of spice.

Properties: Warm and vibrant, can promote alertness and clarity of thought. When used in a fragrancer can protect rooms from infection. Used to treat colds and flu, helps heal bruised skin. This species is used as an antidepressant. Used to freshen the air, mind and body this is a very useful oil. Helps to clear the mind, chest and sinus and relieves aches, pains and menstrual discomfort. There are approximately 500 species of helichrysum
a rejuvenating oil promoting cell growth, helping to rebuild tissues and energise the organs, also improving the general flow of the meridians – the energy channels running through the body. Clears the body of candida apparently, which often thrives when vitality is low. Since it gives a boost to the immune system, will therefore help to keep such allergies and infections at bay. Also said to regulate blood pressure. A general aid to the respiratory system soothing feverish colds, influenza, bronchitis, coughs and asthma. Helps to remove mucous from the lungs and induces relaxation and sleep. Said to ease the discomfort of rheumatism and general aches and pains. May also relieve persistent headaches and migraine. Reputedly has a beneficial action on cystitis and herpes simplex.

Chemical constituents: Geraniol, linalool, nerol (alcohols), neryl acetate (ester), pinene (terpene).

Precautions: Powerful oil not to be used when pregnant, suffering from epilepsy, or high blood pressure.

Blends: Blends well with fennel, lavender, orange, rosemary, tangerine.