Helichrysym – Helichrysum Angustifolium - Floral
Blending Notes: Middle to Base
Main Benefits: Healing, Energizes, Grounding Powerful, Diffusive,
Properties: Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-haematoma
Other producers are: France, Greece, Italy
Allergy Warning: Can Cause headache
Short History of Helichrysum
The generic name helichrysum derives from the Greek sun and gold, as the flower’s head resembles little golden suns.
There are hundreds of species of helichrysum but only a few produce an essential oil. They are shrubby plants and grow to a height of about 60 cm and the Italian variety to about 30cm. The plant has silvery lance shaped leaves and clusters of ball shaped yellow flowers. Its crushed leaves have a curry like scent, hence the common name curry plant. In France it is charmingly called immortelle, similarly everlasting flower is another of its English names.
When dried, the blooms keep their shape and colour for years. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowering tops. However, the yield is very low, as reflected by the very high price of the product. The Colour of the oil varies, depending on where the plant was grown and may be pale and greenish yellow or orangey red. Powerful and diffusive, the complex aroma reveals honey like top notes, sweet, fruity, and bitter, tea like undertone. On inhaling the aroma, its effects generally perceived as warming, energising and grounding.
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