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Oil Summary: Produced in the Mediterranean region, this variety of Helichrysum oil is famous for its distinctively high concentration of neryl acetate. It also contains decent amounts of curcumene, which gives it cell rejuvenation and tissue healing powers. Helichrysum italicum oil is the most widely used Helichrysum. It’s favorable in the treatment of muscle spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, aches and spastic coughing. Skin therapists also use it to treat various conditions and maintain healthy skin.
Botanical Name: Helichrysum Italicum
Plant Origin: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Flowers
Odor and Color: When fresh, the oil is consistently thin, with a light yellow shade and a strong, fresh, earthy, and herbaceous aroma.
Main Constituents: Helichrysum oil primarily consists of neryl-acetate, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene, camphene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, cineole, nerol, geraniol, and eugenol. Neryl-acetate is the compound most affected by external conditions in the plant’s lifetime. Although many species contain little to moderate amounts of neryl-acetate, the ester makes up 40 to 65 percent of the oil extracted from Helichrysum italicum. Neryl-acetate is prized for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties.
Blends well with: Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Lime, Cypress, Orange, Sage, Basil, Petit Grain, and Ylang-Ylang. A blend of Helichrysum, Basil and Cypress is renowned for its ability to tone the muscles and reduce discomforts caused by excessive physical activity, such as cramps, pains, and sores.
Contraindication: Helichrysum italicum is potent and can irritate the eyes and mucous cavities, causing involuntary tearing and postnasal drip. Always dilute in a suitable base oil like Almond or Coconut before using it on the skin. Ingesting Helichrysum in large amounts may adversely heighten gastric juice production and cause digestive issues, such as heartburn and ulcers.