We are thrilled to ANNOUNCE that Blue Purple and Scarlet is launching our oil of the week program. This week’s feature is Helichrysum Italicum from 10/31/18 thru 11/8/18.
Our goal is to bring good, relevant and fresh information to our readers consistently. Many of the featured oils will be somewhat less common than what you see normally on our pages.
So starting this week, 10/31/18 thru 11/8/18, you will see the featured essential oil.
There are four different types of Helichrysum that are made into essential oils.
Our focus post today is about just one type, Helichrysum Italicum
Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil – What Is It
Helichrysum is a plant/flower native to the Mediterranean region. It is known to be part of the Asteraceae plant family. The plants have a sweet smelling alluring fragrance. Helichrysum’s flowers are bright yellow, white, and orange and yellow but never blue.
It is well know for it’s medicinal value, much dating back for thousands of years. It’s more popular in countries like Spain, Portugal, and Italy. The native people have known and practiced for years what modern science is starting to catch up with now.
Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. It grows on dry, rocky, sandy ground around the Mediterranean. Common names include curry plant, starflower, dwarf everlast and immortelle.
The leaves and flowers are the most used parts. They are steam distilled to make it’s healing benefits available around the world.
Helichrysum can be grown as a half-hardy annual in the United States. They would do best in Department of Agriculture zones 2 to 10. Plants can also be cultivated to grow as a perennial in zones 5 to 10 where the weather is warmer.
Our featured oil of the week is a pure essential oil. It can be traced back to it’s original source. For that reason we can be sure it is of the highest quality.
What is Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Used For
Modern science have studied the properties of Helichrysum essential oil for the past several decades. There is now scientific proof that it lives up to it’s claims.
Their research confirmed it to be a medical plant. It’s antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, and antimicrobial.
Helichrysum Italicumhelps helps cure herpes and cystitis. The effects of nicotine is neutralized, it relieves congestion, headaches, and menstrual pain.
Oil from the leaves and flowers detoxifies the liver, helps with arthritis, colitis, and neuralgia. Many use it as a natural remedy for digestive, stomach and intestinal diseases.
This multi-faceted oil is extremely popular for promoting skin health. Many have used it for generations to treat scars, rosacea, eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
More On These Five Points
*Natural Digestive and Diuretic
*Improves Liver Health
When we get a fever it is just a symptom. It lets us know that the immune system of our body is trying to fight against infections or unwanted substances. You will rarely see fever as a solitary symptom in itself because it is not a disease.
Fever always accompanies bacterial infections. You’ll also have fever from wounds, colds, viral infections, and liver malfunctions. Pox, boils, allergic reactions and sometimes arthritis is accompanied by fever. According to research, helichrysum oil not only reduces the fever itself, but helps cure the root of fever.
Natural Digestive and Diuretic
Helichrysum helps increase production of gastric juices needed to break down food. Gastric juices also helps prevent painful indigestion. The oils have been used as a diuretic and for relieving stomach aches.
This practice has gone on for thousands of years in Turkish folk medicine. Helichrysum italicum flowers are also used traditionally as an herbal tea. It is also widely used for treating digestive, stomach and other related problems.
Bile is secreted into the stomach with help from Helichrysum italicum, The bile then aids in neutralizing acidity, and preventing stomachaches and bloating.
Scientific research has confirmed the use of this healing oil. They show it to be a natural remedy for digestive, stomach and intestinal diseases.
Acne – The great thing about using Helichrysum for acne is that it kills the bacteria but does not dry and irritate like conventional acne treatments. It’s antimicrobial and antibiotic properties this oil a great natural alternative acne treatment.
One of the other ways to use helichrysum oil is as a natural acne remedy on your skin. Medical studies also show that helichrysum is a good natural acne treatment because of it’s strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It doesn’t dry the skin or cause redness and other unwanted side effects like some chemical medications.
Eczema is a chronic and inflammatory skin condition and so far there is no known cure.
There are treatments for the symptoms of itching and flaking skin. You have the conventional steroid based creams that usually give short term relief but unfortunately can cause more damage later.
More and more sufferers are turning to holistic treatment. Based on the recent reviews, patients are finding helichrysum essential oil to be an effective alternative.
Be sure to dilute helichrysum with another skin friendly oil before applying it for treatment. Virgin coconut oil is one of the best options because of its own skin health properties which combined with helichrysum pack a potent healing punch.
According to a study done by the University of Durban done in 2008, the condition of blood vessels are improved because the hypotensive action of helichrysum lowers inflammation. Once that happens high blood pressure is lowered and smooth muscle function is increased according to a 2008 study done by the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Durban.
A large part of the immune system resides in the gut. Therefore, to insure your all around health, it is important to protect your stomach. The anti-inflammatory and healing properties of helichrysum helps protect our gut. It plays a big part in increasing immunity from disease and sickness.
Improves Liver Health
Because this oil is hepatic, it helps by soothing the liver, protects it from infections, relieves it of inflammation, regulates its discharges, and keeps the liver active, healthy and strong.
It also gives relief from pain, and promotes healthy kidneys and a lower stress level.
How To Use Helichrysum Oil
Here are a few of the many ways to use Helichrysum oil.
*To experience immediate relief from a burn, mix a 1-3 drops of helichrysum oil with coconut oil and apply directly to the affected area.
*Directly inhale the oil
*Diffuse it in your home
*Add it to a bath
*Blend with Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Petit Grain, Sage, or Ylang-Ylang oil.
In summary, this powerful oil Fights Infection, promotes natural digestive and diuretic help, is awesome for skin treatments, is an anti-inflammatory, and improves liver health.
It relieves congestion, neutralizes effects of nicotine, helps cure herpes. cystitis, arthritis, sinusitis, colitis, neuralgia, and varicose veins. This essential oil also has an uplifting effect on one’s mental function. Helichrysum Italicum is also used for treatment of colds and cough, constipation, gallbladder disorders, indigestion, muscle and joint inflammation, insomnia, stomach aches, and increased immunity.
Helichrysum Oil Side Effects
It’s believed to be well-tolerated. Mild side effects have occurred only in rare cases. Those where when certain people experienced an allergic reaction to its extracts.
A good idea is to test for reactions first. Try using a small amount of any essential oil on a small patch of skin before applying it elsewhere.
Please check with your doctor before using essential oil, especially internally. Also check if you are pregnant, nursing or have any ongoing health concerns.
I hope this information is helpful to you. As always, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below. We would be happy to hear from you.
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