Helichrysum, the “wound healer”, is one of my absolutely favorite essential oils! It is a powerful healer of the mind, body and soul, especially when the wounds are deep. Think of PTSD, traumatic situations, severe and/or chronic cognitive deficits and scarring on the skin. Its heavy, hay-like floral, yet herby-earthy and green scent can hydrate and nourish skin, while penetrating and warming the depths of emotional scars.
Helichryum Plant Signatures
Helichrysum is a shrub that grows a little more than three feet high, with slender, leaf-like stems and a cluster of golden-yellow flowers that have a spongy appearance. The significance of the yellow flowers according to the Doctrine of Signatures indicate its affinity for gallbladder (bile), liver, welcoming, inviting, creativity and sunlight. Hence, it thrives best in full sun, and is not happy in the shade. Full-sun plants that do not thrive in shade, prefer to have the spotlight them and craving attention. They like to be heard and seen, and not be placed in the shadows. It is drought and semi-wind tolerant indicating it can withstand challenging times of deficiency (in physical, mental and emotional) health.
Helichrysum for Physical, Mental & Emotional Health
Helichrysum packs a powerful punch when it comes to benefits. It possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hepatic (liver) and nervine (nerves) properties.
- Physically, it helps with combating bruising, chronic cough, poor circulation and hearing issues. It is a liver and gallbladder decongestion and a wonderful remedy for nerve pain such as neuropathy and sciatica.
- Mentally, I like to add it into blends for addictive issues (smoking, OCD, etc.), anxiety, indecision and to dispel negativity.
- Emotionally, I’ve found it to calm anger (even repressed anger), deep emotional wounds and scars, jealousy and stubbornness.
Helichrysum Rescue Salve
1oz. Shea Butter
1oz. Calendula salve or tincture
10 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
5 drops Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
2 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
1 drop Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Combine shea butter and calendula salve until soft. Add in essential oils and mix well. Label and date (so you know to use it up within 3-6 months). Apply to affected skin areas 2-4 times daily and as needed. You can also apply to pulse points for mental and emotional health.
References: This blog contains excerpt from the JennScents Aromaversity Certification Courses and JennScents Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide, Jennifer Pressimone (Copyright 2016), www.JennScents.com. No portion of this blog may be reproduced or copied without written authorization by the author.