Aromathyerapy Alternatives: Everlasting

( Helichrysum angustifolium )

This oil is a strong smelling oil it is normally described as a herbal smell, not unpleasant but however dominate finer more fragile fragrances.
It is a evergreen herb, that grows up to 24 inches. It has a branched stem silver green, scented leaves and dark yellow daisy like flowers that become dry as it matures, but retains its color. It is a non toxic, non irritant sensitizing and should not be used on children under the age of 12 years.
This strong scented herb is known by many names, helichrysum, everlasting, and immortelle. It is a native to the Mediterranean region, and also grows wild in the Pacific Northwest. The pale yellow to red oil is distilled from the flowers and flowing tops of the plant. Everlasting is valued for its anti inflammatory and painkilling properties. It can help prevent internal hemorrhaging and swelling after injury and assist in the healing of nearly all skin complaints. It can be applied undiluted to very small areas of the skin such as scars, stretch marks, and small bruises. For all other uses the oil should be diluted. To dilute, mix 10 to 15 drops of oil in 2 Tbs. aloe gel or a carrier oil such as vegetable or nut oil. For scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks, rosa mosqueta oil (also known as rose hip oil ) is particularly effective carrier oil. For a healing bath, add 10 drops everlasting oil to the bathwater.
Aids with: skin conditions as scaring, stretch marks, sunburns,wounds, acne, dermatitis, bruises, wrinkles, liver or spleen congestion, bronchitis, cold, flu, tendinitis, arthritis pain, muscle aches, sprains, strains. Aromatically it is thought to open the heart and clear emotional wounds. It has been studied in Europe for regeneration nerves, improving skin conditions, reducing inflammation while speeding healing.


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