Happy Fourth of July! Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.
Last year at this time we featured a remarkable essential oil: Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum). I got a bad burn over the Independence Day holiday, and I used helichrysum hydrosol with amazing results!
Visit Pompeii Organics for information on helichrysum essential oil and hydrosol.
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Just a little edgy humor 🙂 In all honesty, helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is an amazing oil for all kinds of issues! (Our information today comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute’s information on helichrysum.)
The herb is analgesic, which means it helps relieve pain; it regenerates the cells; and it heals the skin, making it wonderful for any kind of wound. This past weekend, I got a bad burn on my ankle. The skin blistered up and it was awful! Right away I sprayed on some helichrysum hydrosol, as I’ve done every day since then. The burn has gotten dramatically better every day!
Helichrysum is also anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-allergenic. It is an effective anti-depressant, being emotionally balancing and very helpful to heal deep emotional trauma.
One of the best things about helichrysum is that it is non-toxic and non-irritating, making it very versatile. It is great blended with other oils, especially arnica for pain relieving and bruise healing properties.
Is your interest in helichrysum piqued? We sell the oil itself and we feature it in blends like our joint and muscle lotion! We love using this amazing plant and we hope you learn to love it too!
Have you ever used helichrysum oil or hydrosol? What do you think? We want to hear from you!
Tomorrow my son Dorian is competing in the Oil City Soapbox Derby! He’s raced for a few years, and we’re excited to see how he does in “The Flagster”, the car that my first son built with his grandpa.
Dorian will be racing down part of a long steep hill. The car is safe and he has a helmet, but cuts and scrapes can happen. I’m bringing along my helichrysum hydrosol for some aromatherapy on the go!
As we talked about in Tuesday’s post, helichrysum is awesome to heal the skin from any kind of wound or burn. Hydrosols are a great way to take the benefits of essential oils wherever you go, as they are already diluted enough for use and come in a sprayer, which is super handy! If Dorian gets any little cuts or bruises, I can grab the helichrysum hydrosol from my purse and spray it on right away.
Next week we’ll be writing a post on hydrosols. We’ve talked about them before, but you’ll get an in-depth look at this very versatile side of aromatherapy!
What are your weekend plans? Have you ever used a hydrosol? Have a safe and happy weekend, and come see the race at 9am up by the Oil City High School!
Some of our information comes from the Aromatics International website. Check out their page on Rose Geranium here!
Rose Geranium is a type of geranium plant with a variety of health benefits. You can use the essential oil or the hydrosol, which is a water-based distillation of the herb. Hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils and can have different properties (even for the same herb!). You can use hydrosols internally and on more sensitive areas of the body, where an essential oil might do more harm than good. (We will have more on hydrosols in the future).
Rose Geranium is astringent, making it cooling and refreshing to the skin. It’s great for skin irritations like sunburn, rashes, and bug bites. You can also use it as a first-aid remedy as it helps to stop bleeding, clean wounds, and encourage healing. It also has a rosy, fresh smell and is great to use as perfume or to freshen up a room (aromatics.com).
For a refreshing, cooling mist, dilute 12 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil in an ounce of aloe vera juice (which can be found at Walmart in the vitamin section). Put the mixture in a spray bottle and keep in the fridge. (It won’t spoil if you keep it at room temperature, but refrigeration will keep it cool and invigorating!)