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IMORTELLE / EVERLASTING: Helichrysum Italicum

Immortelle or Everlasting is the popular name of the plant Helichrysum Italicum /H. augustifolium. One of the reasons for the name is that the flowers of the plant retain their color and shape after drying, making them a popular flower for long-lasting natural flower arrangements, also called eternelles. Helichrysum means Gold Sun in Greek, and the flowers do resemble small golden suns as they grow on bushy, grey-green stems. The stems are woody at the base and the plant can reach  a height of 60cm or more. The flowers grow in clusters during the summer months. It grows on rocky sandy ground around the Mediterranean and is now also cultivated in the Balkans. The scent has herbaceous notes, reminiscent of warm hay, floral with a hint of honey.

The plant is steam-distilled to obtain the essential oils. Some of the best EO come from Corsica where only the flower-heads are distilled after being hand-picked. Over one ton of flower-heads is needed for about 1 liter of EO. In other places the whole plant above ground is distilled, creating a nice and useful oil but without the high and fine energy of the Corsican flower-oil.

PROPERTIES:

When meditating on this oil, what came to me was this: “The healing of mortal wounds on every level.” And it is a healing oil, especially for skincare and wounds. In Grasse, France, tests were carried out in the hospital using Helichrysum Italicum for broken skin tissue. There was rapid healing with very little scarring and no redness or infection. Research shows that by  multiplying the natural collagen count in skin cells, Helichrysum diminshes wrinkles. It is used to diminish bruises, heal skin-tissue, minimise scar-tissue (even old scar-tissue). It is anti-inflammatory, regulates cholesterol levels (for more info go to visit K-G Stiles), loosens mucous in the airways (inhalation). On an emotional level it can help reduce stress, is soothing and anti-depressant. On a deeper level it can help to unravel and heal emotional wounds.

  • Wound / bruise, try this recipe: Helichrysum italicum 2dr + Lavandula augustifolia 2dr. Apply 4 times/day for 1-2 days, then 2 times/day for 2-3 days. Then blend the EO in 5ml vegetable oil or Marigold (Calendula officinalis) infused oil and use 2 times/day until healed.
  • Mature Skin: Helichrysum 2dr + Carrot (Daucus carota) 2 dr + Rose (Rosa centifolia) 2 dr in 30ml blend of following vegetable oils: Sheabutter oil  (Butyrospermum parkii), Macadamia nut oil (Macadamia ternifolia) and Rosehip oil (Rosa rubiginosa), Apricot kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca). Massage into skin morning and night.
  • Emotional trauma: Make a blend of Helichrysum 4 dr + Myrrh (Commiphora myrrah) 4 dr mixed in 30ml cold-pressed vegetable oil. Massage stomach and forehead each evening when going to bed. If this blend disturbs your sleep, you can exchange Myrrh for Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) which will be more balancing or Rose (Rosa Centifolia) which is more comforting.


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TOOTHACHE, STRESS & ESSENTIAL OILS

toothacheA few posts back, I told you about my friend with dental pain after an operation. Well, she has been administering the oils without any change. The oils helped against the pain and kept her spirits up but she was still in a bad way. Finally she went to see the dentist again who told her there was nothing wrong, no infection but still he gave her antibiotics. Of course she took the antibiotics which didn’t help at all.

This lady has been through quite difficult times lately with dental surgery and other major acute surgery. She has had her fair share of bad news and worries and I think she is so run down that her body just can’t cope with more. This last surgery was just one to many. I am going with her to see the dentist since he tends to brush her off, but I doubt there is anything that can be done except perhaps repeating the surgical procedure – Bad idea.

I have made her a new essential oil blend to start using today. This is anti-inflammatory and emotionally relieving and calming. What I am aiming for is to ease the obvious inflammation, reduce the stress and get her in a better emotional balance so the body can be allowed to heal.

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THE BLEND:

  • 20 drops essential oil of Helichrysum or Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 20 drops essential oil of Wild Chamomile (Anthemis mixta)
  • 20 drops essential oil of Lavender Alpine (Lavandula augustifolia)

USAGE:

  • 1 drop on a moist q-tip and dab on operation site, to be repeated as often as necessary.
  • 5 drops in 10ml (2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil to be massaged on cheek, neck and shoulders 3-5 times / day during the acute stage, then continuously 2 times / day for the next 3 weeks.
  • 10 drops in 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of vegetable oil to be applied to the operation site.

During the acute stage; 1-3 days this could be administered as often as possible. After that the dosages should be brought down to half. This lady has very sensitive skin, therefore I have lowered the amount of essential oil in the massage oil. Normally I would, at this acute stage, use double the amount of drops; 10 drops to 10ml of veg. oil. This blend might even be too strong for her, then we will have to dilute it further.

All of these essential oils are mild on the skin, so there should be no problem. They are soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory and calming in nature. This makes a very nice blend.

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Essential oils of Helichrysum and Chamomile are rather expensive. But if you really want to get maximum effect, you need to be prepared to pay the price. These oils go very far and when a person is so weakened as this lady has become over time, you really need to bring out the best stuff to go deep enough to heal.