HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL
Although Helichrysums or 'Everlasting' as they are sometimes called, have conquered a place in our gardens, these oddly dry and papery herbs are usually at home in warmer climes. They are best adapted to the harsh arid and dry conditions of the Mediterranean hills, where they grow profusely among the rocks of the garrigue. The ancients were well aware of its healing powers and both, Dioscorides and Tabernaemontanus described it in detail. Yet, modern herbalism has all but forgotten its virtues. Aromatherapy is rediscovering it and it is now taking the lead in spreading the word regarding its numerous medicinal uses. Worldwide there are about 500 species in the genus and 245 of them occur in South Africa, where they are commonly used in folk medicine and magic. Shamans burn it as incense to invoke the snake spirits and call upon the ancestors.
Helichrysum oil has been dubbed 'the Super Arnica of Aromatherapy' for its remarkable ability to speed the healing of wounds, bruises and even broken bones. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown it to be highly antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In aromatherapy skin care it is used in blends for wrinkles and mature skin, inflamed skin conditions, such as dermatitis or psoriasis and for reducing stretch marks and scars. Helichrysum is also a deeply 'psychological' oil. It helps letting go of old pain and healing the scars from the past. It can also be used to overcome addictive behaviour patterns, such as alcohol or nicotine abuse.
Helichrysum may be used in spiritualistic rituals to invoke the spirits of the departed. Its everlasting nature can teach us about the immortal nature of the soul and the mysteries of self-regeneration. Helichrysum may also be employed for scrying and channelling practices.
A complex, multi-layered, sweet and floral scent. Blends well with Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Mimosa, Neroli, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Lemon, Verbena, Grapefruit, Orange and Vetiver.