This is truly a superstar oil. Helichrysum is well known for its spectacular uses for wound healing etc and it’s beguiling, unmistakable honey-like scent.
The yield is quite low, with a ton of flowers producing about a kilo of essential oil
Poems are a way into the soul of a flower, as perceived by their admirers
Come to this, who toll a disconsolate bell...: Though the Sun upon her youthfulness marches, Summer's breath oft her leaves smites to arches; And Weather off course veers in suddenness, She blooms her beauty in boom or barrenness. ...Come, adopt the soul of this immortelle.
Let’s check with Arctander, who discusses both the absolute and the essential oil.
This is the essential oil:
Helichrysum angustifolium (now italicum) is a pale yellow, oily liquid of powerful and diffusive but pleasant and rich natural odor. The top note as certain features in common with those of everlasting absolute but then goes on to say that those topnotes are “not exactly attractive” at high concentration! The sweetness is so rich and overwhelming , honey-like and deep, that it takes more than the average imagination to appreciate the odor of this oil. However, the sweet-fruity, and tea-like, delicate undertone is unique, and the tenacity is quite outstanding. Phew!
He goes on to say it blends well with boronia, chamomile, citruses, geranium, ionones, labdanum, lavender, neroli, mimosa, oakmoss, orris, clary sage, etc.
Salvatore Battaglia says
Circulatory system, especially as far as bruising
Detoxification, as a stimulant on the liver and gall bladder
Respiratory system for sinus infections and cough
First Aid remedy injuries, sprains, strains, and tissue trauma
Musculoskeletal system for pain and inflammations associated with RA
Psychological for stress and tension in emotional crises
Wound healing speeding cellular growth and assisting in wound healing
Also recommended in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, burns, psoriasis, and dermal inflammation
Safety Warning As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes. Enfleurage makes no medical claims relating to any products, essential oils or otherwise, on our website or through social media. We are an essential oil company, not doctors, The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. We present our information in order to educate our customers on traditional and general uses of essential oils; in no way do we diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or condition. You the customer are responsible for understanding the safe use of any and all of our products, including essential oils, and use them accordingly.