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My Great Unscientific Helichrysum Experiment

Author: Joni T.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 01-06-2017
Views: 8,856
Word Count: 512
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 11091-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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Those of us who treasure the aromatic life are always looking for ways to use our precious essential oils. What better place to be presented with an opportunity than in a garden amongst living plants.

On a warm, summer afternoon, several years ago, I was working in my large, English-style, free-form garden and decided to remove a low bush. It had been growing for about 4 years and the roots were large and well established in the ground. I knew it was going to take some effort to get it out.

With the pruning shears, I cut back the branches so I could get a better grip of the thicker, remainder of the plant. The pruning left stiff, pointed ends throughout. I then took a shovel and went about the base to loosen the roots, gave it a few tugs, and continued to sever the roots with the shovel until it began to come free.

Finally, it felt loose enough and I grabbed a hold, pulled hard, and one section broke free. A pointed end of a branch hit directly on the shinbone of my LEFT leg. Ouch!! (And I was in shorts.) Undaunted, with the rest of the plant still in the ground, I shifted position so as not to repeat the same injury. The plant broke free and a pointed end jabbed my RIGHT shinbone, in exactly the same location as it did on the other leg. This one really hurt. Now, swollen red bruises were on both legs!

Oh my, I thought. What a golden opportunity to test Helichrysum for its anti-bruising and healing properties.

I chose to work with the bruise on my right leg because it was the worst. I made a 1% dilution of Helichyrsum (from Corsica) in jojoba oil and applied it every 15 minutes for the rest of the day. Helichrysum is believed to work better in lower amounts.

The next day, I applied it once an hour.

By the following day, the bruise being treated with Helichrysum was no longer swollen and was pink. The untreated bruise on my left leg was still swollen, tender, and black and blue.

I continued to apply the Helichrysum 4 times a day for the next 2 days. In the 5 days, the Helichrysum wound was barely noticeable, didn't hurt, and I stopped application. The untreated leg was still tender, still dark, and took about 10 days to completely heal.

What does this all mean? It is unscientific, but the results were clear. The injury on the right leg, the worse one, healed quicker than the one on the left leg, in what appears to be due to the Helichrysum applications.

Helichrysum is a remarkable essential oil. It is extracted from the aromatic herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It has woody stems, small and long narrow leaves, and produces a bright, daisy-like flower. The aroma is warm, rich, and herbaceous. The essential oil, also known as Immortelle and Everlasting, is highly regarded in aromatherapy as a skin "healer." It is unsurpassed for treatment of bruises, cuts, and scars, and is excellent for inflammation.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: inflammation,swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Demodex blepharitis is a common but overlooked external eye disease. The pathogenesis of Demodex blepharitis in eliciting ocular surface inflammation has been further clarified. The modified eyelash sampling and counting method makes it easier and more accurate to diagnose Demodex infestation. Tea tree oil shows promising potential to treat Demodex blepharitis by reducing Demodex counts with additional antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory actions."Link

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