About Wild-Harvested Helichrysum Essential Oil from Sardinia
On the wild island of Sardinia, the rustic golden flowers of Helichrysum microphyllum are harvested at sunrise and distilled the same evening. The flowers are sustainably hand-harvested, ensuring food for local pollinators, and steam distilled on a certified organic farm.
Paramount among all healing oils in aromatherapy, Helichrysum is cosmetically and therapeutically unparalleled in its ability to support skin health and wound healing. This Sardinian species is a close relative of the Corsican Helichrysum italicum, and a therapeutic equal to its cousin.
Helichrysum essential oil is supportive in the healing of wounds, bruises, scar tissue and significantly enhances skin health.
Its overall cleansing effect and its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response make helichrysum a great support to the respiratory, immune, and neurological system providing mood uplifting and stress reduction benefits to boot.
How to Use About Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum oil can be applied topically, used in direct inhalation, and diffused. Its primary use is by topical application to support skin healing. Very effective in dilution, helichrysum oil can also be applied neat.
One of helichrysum's most valuable and consistently cited benefits is in supporting the minimization of secondary injuries such as the bruising and swelling consequent upon a cut or contusion. Injuries cause a constriction of the blood supply to the affected area, which in turn obstructs oxygen and nutrients from traveling between cells, traps waste and produces free radicals. Helichrysum essential oil is therefore supportive to regeneration of cells and tissue.
- Blend Helichrysum into a carrier such as jojoba or rose infused marula oil or other carrier. It works synergistically with Rosehip seed oil.
- To support the healing of skin burns, apply helichrysum neat.
- A drop or two on sore muscles, bruises and joints to support the body's natural process of healing.
- For keloids and other scar tissue, use the recipe below or apply helichrysum neat to the affected area twice daily for two weeks to support healing.
- Apply one drop to skin to promote smooth skin and skin regeneration.
- Diffuse helichrysum to aid soothing nerves and calming the heart.
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Helichrysum Essential Oil Recipes
- Skin Healing Blend: 12 drops helichrysum essential oil, 6 drops carrot seed essential oil, 6 drops rosemary verbenone essential oil in 15 mL rosehip seed and tamanu oil
- Cool Inflammation: blend 6 drops helichrysum essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil, and 3 drops chamomile essential oil or Cape chamomile essential oil in 2 oz of aloe vera gel. Add 1 tablespoon of Lavender hydrosol and 2 tsp of Chamomile hydrosol. Shake container to combine ingredients.
- Healing Salve: Combine 7 drops Helichrysum essential oil and 9 drops wild carrot seed essential oil. Place in a 2 oz salve base using Jojoba, Calendula herbal oil, and Shea butter and beeswax.
- Healthy Inflammatory Response Blend: 8 drops helichrysum essential oil, 8 drops German chamomile essential oil, neat or diluted in calendula-infused olive oil
Interesting Helichrysum Essential Oil Information
There are over 600 species in the Helichrysum genus occurring in temperate regions throughout the world. The genus includes annuals, herbaceous perennials and shrubs. Helichrysum species thrives in sunshine, and enjoys growing in arid, sandy, stony areas and along mountainsides. Over 250 different species of helichrysum reside in South Africa. The name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “chrysos” meaning gold, referring to the color of many of the flowers of species in this genus. The reason that helichrsyum oil is expensive is because one ton of hand-harvested helichrysum flowering tops yields about one kilogram of essential oil.
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Safety Considerations for Helichrysum Essential Oil
Non toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Do not take helichrysum essential oil internally. The information on this web-site is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any disease or health condition. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use this product without first consulting a licensed healthcare practitioner. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base to Middle
- Odor: Herbaceous, buttery and rich with sweet, warm, caramel and honey-like notes
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
- Dry-out: Delicate fruity, tea-like bouquet of great tenacity
- Blends Well With: lavender essential oil, clary sage essential oil, chamomile essential oil, clove bud essential oil, geranium essential oil, citrus oils
- Botanical Name: Helichrysum microphyllum
- Composition: 100% Pure Sardinian Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Origin: Sardinia
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-Harvested
- Plant Part: Flowering tops
- Color: Light yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: very low, 0.04% - 0.18%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)