Helichrysum (or Everlasting)

Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum is a member of the Asteraceae family. There are more than three hundred herbaceous or shrub species. The yellow flowers dry and keep a beautiful appearance for a long time, which leads to the name of helichrysum combining sun (helios) and gold (chrysos).

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of helichrysum contains ketones which may be neurotoxic and abortive. It should only used sparingly and with caution, on prescription by a specialist.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of six years, persons allergic to one of the components (limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use. in case of anticoagulant treatment, abundant menstruation or in haemophiliacs.

Bruising, lump
Apply gently 2 to 3 drops of pure helichrysum on the bruise and repeat the application two to three times every ten minutes. For children, dilute the mixture with equal parts of arnica carried oil.

Circulation
Mix 2 drop of essential oil of helichrysum in 20 drops of wheat germ or St. John's wort oil. Massage the areas concerned.

Skin disorders: acne rosacea, fissures, plastic or cosmetic surgery recovery.
Apply 2 or 3 drops of essential oil of helichrysum on injured or infected skin, pure on a small surface or diluted in 20 or 30 drops of essential oil of arnica if the surface is larger.

It is found all over the Mediterranean area, especially in Spain, Italy and Corsica. Helichrysum italicum should not be confused with its different sisters from Italy, the Balkans or Madagascar.

The long lasting radiant beauty of helichrysum, impressed the Greeks so much that they crowned the images and statues of Apollo with it. The plant symbolised love. This is why in an ode by Theocritus, a chivalrous goat keeper gives his beloved a "branch of ivy strewn with helichrysum flowers". This is also why the solar gold of the everlasting was used for a long time to make bridal flower crowns. The ancients used the plant in a decoction to clear respiratory tract, and assigned it diuretic properties. However, they praised specially for its capacity to heal wounds and cure injuries that were frequently provoked by sword and sling fights! Nowadays, essential oil of everlasting, an incredibly effective extremely fast acting anti-haematoma, has traded the battle fields for gymnasiums, where it is referred to as "boxer's oil" and playgrounds where it erases bruises and treats minor injuries.

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