Helichrysum italicum is an essential oil and a member of the Asteraceae plant family. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, where it’s been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, especially in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and was thought to have been dried and offered to the […]

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Helichrysum italicum is an essential oil and a member of the Asteraceae plant family. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, where it’s been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, especially in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and was thought to have been dried and offered to the Greek Gods.

The chemical makeup of Helichrysum essential oil shows that it is made up of monoterpenes such as pinene and limonene, sesquiterpenes, linalol, nerol and phenol. The exact composition depends on many factors including such elements as soil, climate and altitude. As I always say, the better the soil, the better the oil. I believe this to be true in the case of Helichrysum.

I was first introduced to Helichrysum because I have a blood disorder called Von Willebrands. I don’t coagulate like most people, and Helichrysum is great for helping to support proper blood functions.

Helichrysum oil has been known to help manage high blood pressure. The oil lowers the inflammation of blood vessels, promoting healthy smooth muscle functioning. It also serves to work as an anticoagulant, for those who have experienced a thickening of the blood due to high cholesterol. It is a great aid for those who run the risk of having a heart attack by helping to thin the blood. Helichrysum oil helps to stimulate enzymes that help dissolve blood clots that result from a hemorrhage.

Arzanol, one of the known anti-inflammatory substances possessed by Helichrysum, is also worth mentioning. Studies have demonstrated that Arzanol is unique in that it possesses antiviral properties as well as being anti-inflammatory. Scientists believe that Arzanol might not only be of potential benefit to patients with inflammatory conditions but also to those suffering from cancer.

If you are suffering from a cold, one of the many flu strains or some sort of sinus infection that is harming your respiratory system then Helichrysum is one of many effective essential oils that can be truly effective. It can be very helpful in improving airflow and oxygen production.

Helichrysum oil has also been known to help in alleviating a cough associated with too much mucus build up. This essential oil can warm up the respiratory system, alleviating congestion and loosening up hard bits of phlegm.

There are several ways that you can use Helichrysum oil to deal with poor respiration. By diffusing with a water diffuser. By putting some on the bottoms of your feet and the easiest and most convenient way is to inhale it directly from the bottle, or cupped into the palms.

Sometimes an effective method would be to make a steam inhaler by adding a few drops to a hot sink or bowl of water and breathing in the healing vapors for 5 minutes or more. This method often relieves the build-up of mucus, helping with airflow and normal breathing. If you were wondering about the science behind this, it’s because Helichrysum is extremely anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. http://www.aromaticscience.com/anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-properties-of-helichrysum-italicum-2/

Another area that Helichrysum supports is the skin. To prevent such skin conditions as shaving irritation, rashes, hives, blemishes, and redness, simply combine a few drops of Helichrysum oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil and smooth on to the face. If you are experiencing itching from poison ivy or a rash, apply Helichrysum oil cut with lavender oil to the affected area and experience cool relief.

Wound healing properties

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23764736

Helichrysum has been used for centuries with so many other things like: helping with wound care and healing, infections, digestive issues, supporting the nervous system and heart health as well as healing respiratory issues like allergies. It also helps with the treatment of acne, colds, cough, skin inflammations, constipation, indigestion and acid reflux, liver and gallbladder diseases, infections, inflammation of the muscle and joints, candida, insomnia, gas and bloating.

Here are several more medical publications that also highlight some of the amazing things Helichrysum can help with:

In possible treatment of staphyllicocus http://www.aromaticscience.com/effects-of-helichrysum-italicum-extract-on-growth-and-enzymatic-activity-of-staphylococcus-aureus-3/

Oral Herpes, or Herpes Simplex 1

http://www.aromaticscience.com/evaluation-of-antiherpesvirus-1-and-genotoxic-activities-of-helichrysum-italicum-extract-2/

Human Tumor Cells

http://www.aromaticscience.com/chemical-composition-and-biological-activity-of-the-essential-oil-from-helichrysum-microphyllum-cambess-ssp-tyrrhenicum-bacch-brullo-e-giusso-growing-in-la-maddalena-archipelago-sardinia/

Intestinally https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24140587

I hope that by sharing the education of essential oils with you, you are then able to see that you have options available to you, devoid of harsh chemicals and long-lasting side effects. Please let me know what I can help you with by dropping me an email at ahealthyresidual@yahoo.com

For questions, free consultations or more information about how to use or purchase essential oils, please contact Shelly Berkowitz, Reflexologist & Holistic Health Coach at (714) 514-3737. Shelly can also be reached via email at ahealthyresidual@yahoo.com and her website can be viewed at www.mydoterra.com/shellyberkowitz. You can also find her on Facebook at A Healthy Residual and on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope under ShellyBerkowitz.

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