Helichrysum Oil

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION A strongly aromatic herb, up to 0,6 metres high with a much-branched stem, woody at the base. The brightly coloured, daisy-like flowers become dry as the plant matures, yet retain their colour.

DISTRIBUTION Native to the Mediterranean region, especially the eastern part and North Africa.

HERBAL / FOLK TRADITION In Europe it is used for respiratory complaints such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and whooping cough; also for headaches, migraine, liver ailments and skin conditions including burns, allergies and psoriasis. Usually taken in the form of a decoction or infusion.

ACTIONS Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrisant, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, nervine.

CHARACTERISTICS 1. A pale yellow to red oily liquid with a powerful, rich honeylike scent with a delicate tealike undertone. 2. A yellowy-brown viscous liquid with a rich, floral, tealike scent. It blends well with chamomile, boronia, labdanum, lavender, mimosa, oakmoss, geranium, clary sage, rose, Peru balsam, clove and citrus oils.

PRINCIPAL CONSTITUENTS Nerol and neryl acetate (30-50 per cent), geraniol, pinene, linalol, isovaleric aldehyde, sesquiterpenes, furfurol and eugenol, among others.

AROMATHERAPY / HOME USE

SKIN CARE: Abscess, acne, allergic conditions, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, spots, wounds etc.

CIRCULATION, MUSCLES AND JOINTS: Muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, strained muscles.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, whooping cough.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Liver congestion, spleen congestion.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Bacterial infections, colds, ‘flu, fever.

NERVOUS SYSTEM: Depression, debility, lethargy, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, stress-related conditions.

OTHER USES Used as fixatives and fragrance components in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes. The absolute is used to flavour certain tobaccos; used for the isolation of natural anethole.
 

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