The highest quality oil is achieved if distilled within 24 hrs. of harvesting, especially with younger plants, as they yield greater quantities. The plant is sensitive to climate and soil composition and any changes in those factors modify the naturally occurring constituent neryl acetate percentage. There are about 500 species of helichrysum, but only a few actually produce the essential oil.
Medicinal benefits of Helichrysum essential oil
The benefits are vast and impressive, as it is brimming with useful and healing properties. It is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, cytophylactic, cholagogue, and nervine. It has cytophylactic properties, which means it promotes regrowth of skin cells. Helichrysum essential oil will stimulate blood circulation and protect the body against a long list of microbial infections and keeps wounds from getting septic. Can be used topically to wounds, cuts, and other open sores to keep them from becoming infected.
Helichrysum is also an emollient that helps the skin maintain smoothness and retain moisture. This prevents dehydration and cracking of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties, namely sespquiterpene hydrocarbons, disperse free radicals and provides healing feature. This oil is an anti-oxidant, a tissue regenerative, and anti-inflammatory essential oil that does the body good. It blends well with bergamot, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, neroli, and rosemary oils.
Everlasting flower oil on your scalp and hair
The scalp can benefit from this oil’s natural healing and regenerative properties. Its ability to stimulate blood circulation is helpful for promoting your optimal hair growth when used in conjunction with low stress levels, proper diet, and exercise. Helichrysum essential oil will clean the scalp, strengthen the strands, and stimulate hair follicles while reducing itchiness and dryness. Helichrysum essential oil is also one of the better oils for treating psoriasis, dandruff, and other scalp disorders.
Damage to the hair follicle can stunt or hinder proper hair growth, so oils like everlasting flower oil stave off bacteria that may cause damage to the follicle and even the tissue underneath. It promotes cell health and encourages improved cell renewal rate. This helps in the overall growth and repair of the body as a whole but the hair and scalp health too. Here are some easy DIY recipes to try but if you prefer products with this scalp wonder than we have a few of those below too.
No fuss, no muss hair strengthening treatment
- 8 drops Helichrysum essential oil
- 8 drops of clary sage essential oil
- 8 drops of rosemary essential oil
- Your favorite shampoo or co-wash cleanser
- 8 oz. bottle
Just add these drops into your favorite bottle or jar of shampoo or co-wash. Add your shampoo or co-wash to the 8 oz. bottle and add the drops of essential oils.
Helichrysum + Coconut oil deep conditioner
- 8 drops of Helichrysum essential oil
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
Mix all ingredients for a few minutes to ensure a proper cream consistency. Apply to dry hair. Work through with fingers or a wide tooth comb for even distribution. Allow to sit for 15 to 20 min. before rinsing. Cleanse and style as usual.
Products with Everlasting flower oil
- INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS Certified Organic Spray-On Detangler
- INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS Certified Organic Leave-In Conditioner
- Theorie Helichrysum Nourishing Shampoo
- Theorie Helichrysum Nourishing Conditioner