BOTANICAL NAME: helichrysum italicum
PARTS USED: flowers
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: woodsy, spicy, honey-like, tea-like
BLENDS WELL WITH: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Frankincense, Lavender, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Oakmoss, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sage, Yarrow, Ylang-Ylang
AROMATIC & PHYSICAL BENEFITS: skin care, acne, burns, cuts, dermatitis, wounds, muscle aches, sprains, asthma, chronic cough, liver congestion, bacterial infections, colds, flu, depression, lethargy, neuralgia. AKA "Immortelle", its uses as a beauty agent in ancient times were so great that it was thought to be a gift from the gods.
Antiallergenic: diminishing the effects of an allergen.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antimicrobial: capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microbes.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antitussive: cough suppressant.
Astringent: a substance that draws tissue together, restricting the flow of blood.
Cholagogue: an agent that promotes the discharge of bile.
Cicatrizant: a healing agent.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Expectorant: used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Fungicidal: having the ability to control or destroy fungus.
Hepatic: a compound that acts on the liver; having to do with or relating to the liver.
Nervine: acts upon or affects the nerves; quiets nervous excitement.
Other Benefits: It detoxifies the liver, relieves congestion, and neutralizes effects of nicotine and caffeine. It also helps cure herpes, cystitis, arthritis, sinusitis, colitis, neuralgia, and varicose veins. It has uplifting effects on mind and improves meridian flow.
Safety Warning: Being an anticoagulant, those who have undergone surgery or have chances of internal hemorrhage should avoid its use. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.