Helichrysum is my personal favorite essential oil for therapeutic use — it’s aroma varies from a little like “linament”, to something like sweet hay. I haven’t noticed the difference in aroma in the physical therapeutic respect…
We’ve had SO many customers of late tell us how well the Helichrysum essential oil is working for them. One of our staff told me his father has stopped taking pain meds for the arthritis in his knee since using a blend including Helichrysum. He’d said the oil is so great because people find both instant pain relief AND long-term healing.
I was telling a friend across the street, suggesting it for a shoulder injury. Another friend standing their said: “Was that the stuff you gave me when I twisted my ankle? It worked like magic!”
So what’s up with this oil? First of all, we carry a very particular strain — called Helichrysum italicum spp. serotinum. This has two things going for it: a high level of a compound called “neryl acetate” (40% in our current lot) which is thought to act as a muscle relaxant on a cellular level. So say there’s an injured spot — in an injury, cells will sort of “hold on tight” to one another to protect themselves. However, this slows the healing process, limiting blood flow in the area.
And, our organic Helichrysum has over 11% of di-ketons called “Italidiones I, II, and III” found only in this oil. These are the compounds which stimulate regeneration. Why many oils contain ketones, it is those in Helichrysum that are considered completely safe for use at any and all times.
These are also the compounds that have most aromatherapists include Helichrysum in their anti-scar forming blends. You’ll find it in formulas for both old and keloid scars, as well as those from injuries that have just occurred.
Still going down the list, there’s “curcuminoids”, well known for their anti-inflammatory action. These also give the oil it’s slightly yellowish-orange color. The are also anti-coagulants, which both prevent bruises from forming, and help break up old ones, further enhancing circulation in the area.
While helichrysum is such a great oil – and it can be used “neat”, it is somewhat costly. But! It does work very synergistically with several other oils. These include Plai, Frankincense, German Chamomile, and Ginger, which are all known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
SO, you can always use Helichrysum “neat”, or at a 10 (that’s 3ml, or 100 drops per ounce) or 20% strength in any carrier oil. Or try one of these blends, each with measurements for one total ounce of formula:
Add either of these to any carrier oil you choose, though some carrier oils themselves have anti-inflammatory properties. These include Coconut, Tamanu, Borage and likely others (though we’d have to get in there and do a little more research to be sure :)