Posted by Nyasha Denny on June 19, 2016
We are so excited about a fabulous new ingredient that will soon be used in a variety of our skin care products and we simply can't wait to tell you all about it!
Helichrysum Italicum is a member of the sunflower family and comes from the Greek word "helisso" meaning "to turn around" and the word "chrysos" which means "gold". In historical times, the yellow flowers of this plant were dried and offered to the Greek Gods. Helichrysum essential oil has a beautiful sweet aroma of honey and nectar and is also known as Everlasting Oil and Immortelle Oil. This plant sounds pretty amazing already, right? Well, keep reading!
Helichrysum oil has so many amazing benefits that it's daunting! The majority of health benefits are attributed to its antioxidant properties as well as its broad therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Helichrysum oil as been used for centuries to treat respiratory conditions and ease bronchitis as well as coughing. It also has a reputation for being a pain reliever due to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties making it highly effective in the treatment of sprains, strains, bruises and arthritis. But wait; Helichrysum oil is also antispasmodic, an astringent, a nervine (tonic for the nervous system), an anticoagulant, a diuretic and a well known detoxifier and supporter of the liver.
So why are we so excited to use Helichrysum oil in our skin care products?
This oil is one of the few botanical oils that contains diketones, which aids in reducing scar tissue and helps to stimulate the growth of new skin tissue. It also has awesome abilities to help fade stretch marks, varicose veins and skin blemishes. Because of its regenerative powers, this oil is an incredible component in anti-aging formulas as well as the treatment of acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. We absolutely love how gentle and calming Helichrysum oil is. Not only is it great for those with sensitive skin, but in the world of aromatherapy this oil is known to open the heart, soothe emotional wounds and treat depression. Not only that, we adore how this oil works overtime to protect and heal skin that is inflamed, stressed or damaged as well as moisturize and prevent dryness and cracking.
Are you sold yet? Of course you are! The best part is that we've got Helichrysum Italicum plants growing right here on the farm, ready to be harvested and infused. Wondering how we plan to utilize this wonder-oil in our future products? Stay tuned to find out!