Top 7 Benefits Of Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum is a flower that is native to Italy, France and other neighbouring countries. The essential oil obtained from this flower is very expensive and not widely available but it has a longer shelf life when compared to other essential oils.
It has several health benefits to offer
1) Used to heal scars
Helichrysum oil can be applied on the skin as an emollient. Don’t apply it directly though, it has to be diluted in a base oil. The essential oil prevents bacterial and fungal infections. It is really effective in healing scars. You can apply this essential oil on many different kinds of scars like acne scars, stretch marks, left over injury marks.
Here is how you can use the oil to heal scars
To 5 ml of a base oil like olive oil, add 5 drops of the oil of helichrysum and apply it on the scar with a cotton ball. Allow the oil to seep into the skin. The oil helps in the sloughing of outer skin and promotes the growth of new skin. Elastin and collagen fibres get stimulated to fill in the gaps and tears. This helps in healing scars and reducing its appearance. The scar will lighten within a few weeks. To treat acne scars use base oils that are non-comedogenic like jojoba oil.
2) Heals Sports injuries
Sportspersons get injured often and this can lead to hematoma. It is the pooling of blood under the skin within the soft tissues. Though it is just a bruise, it may take many days to go away. Application of helichrysum essential oil helps in faster recovery. For such injuries too, the essential oil needs to be diluted in a base oil. In one ounce of base oil you can add 10 drops of helichrysum essential oil.
3) Reduces varicose veins
Helichrysum essential oil is a quite powerful natural remedy for varicose veins. One needs to massage the legs with the essential oil diluted in carrier oil (mostly sesame oil). Massage the oil on your legs will relieve stress on the veins and will reduce varicose veins.
4) Muscular cramps and pain
The essential oil is effective in providing relief from muscle cramps and body pain such as back pain. Add 20 drops of helichrysum oil in a bath tub full of warm water and take bath. Doing so will provide relief from cramps and pain. The oil can also be applied onto the painful area. It can be applied to get relief from arthritis pain too.
5) Anti-aging benefits
Due to its skin regenerative capabilities, helichrysum essential oil is well known for its powerful anti-aging benefits. It has to be used along with a base oil such as rosehip seed oil and pomegranate seed oil. You can dilute helichrysum essential oil in rosehip seed oil and massage it on your face each night. Just a little bit of it is needed to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
6) Treats burns
Helichrysum essential oil is helpful in treating burns that are minor. It provides a soothing effect and helps the skin heal faster. For treating burns, aloe vera oil is used as a base oil.
Helichrysum oil has an intense fragrant smell. Adding a few drops of it in the vapouriser is sufficient to fill the room with a wonderful aroma! This nature makes it much in demand for aromatherapy and steam baths. It provides the following benefits:
- It provides respiratory relief. Helps in calming down spasms and helps in expelling mucous from your throat. This enables a person breathe easily.
- The aroma prevents air borne allergies.
- It boosts mental calmness and provides emotional security.
- Blood circulation is improved.
Though no toxic effects of this oil have been observed, people who have undergone surgery or have the chance of internal bleeding should avoid using the oil.
It is always better to consult the aromatherapist before using an essential oil of any kind. This is because essential oils are very strong.
Hope you found this post useful!
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