Helichrysum essential oil – Helichrysum splendidum – is grown and processed in South Africa.This special oil is distilled from the rounded yellow flowers of the plant, often referred to as an everlasting – ‘Immortal”. Not to be confused with the European Helichrysum italica.
Helichrysum is one of the higher priced essential oils on the market, mainly because, as it is an everlasting the leaves are papery and during distillation do not yield well which makes the distillation process slower than many of the other more volatile essential oils.
Helichrysum has renowned therapeutic properties for the body and soul and is well sought after in blends and as single use on the skin with a carrier oil.
At times, Helichrysum has been known to be affected by adverse climatic conditions reducing the supply which from time to time has not kept up with demand due to the popularity of this essential oil.
Although Australia grows many of the species, no Helichrysum is under commercial production yet. There is potential for areas in Australia to grow commercially with research currently being conducted. There are many varieties of this species in the more temperate regions, but currently many are under reclassification.
Helichrysum is a relatively thick oil, and used sparingly can assist in addressing multiple conditions effecting the body and mind with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Due to the cost of this amazing essential oil, unfortunately it is not readily available to everyone. No doubt that can be a disappointment but rest assured, there are many other medicinal plant oils on the market which can be used as a substitute without emptying your purse.
Helichrysum essential oil blends well with many other oils including WA sandalwood which will give you a very special massage oil if blended with the carrier oil of your choice.
Major plant chemicals: limonene, beta-pinene