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Helichrysum

HELICHRYSUM EVERLASTING ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

The steam distilled oil of the Italian Everlasting is one of the strongest anti-inflammatories. The fragrance is warm, slightly honey like, rich and buttery, with green notes of wood, spices, herb. It is a  fascinating oil because it is made up of several layers of notes that  appear to unfold during the dry down.
 

Botanical Name: Helichrysum italicum
 

Helichrysum, also known as "Everlasting" or "Immortelle"essential oil, is a native species to eastern and northern regions of Africa. It is now adapted to cultivation in the Mediterranean regions of Italy,    Yugoslavia, Spain and France. There are over 500 different species of Helichrysum, though it is only the 'italicum'  species that is the true (immortelle/everlasting) varietal with the regenerative actions attributed to this multi-faceted and unique oil. The italicum spp. serotinum sub-species, native to Corsica, contains the highest levels of neryl acetate.


Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Entire plant

Country of Origin:Corsica

Cultivation Method: Certified Organic


Blends Well With:  Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedar Atlas, Chamomile-German, Clary Sage,  Clove Bud, Cypress, Eucalyptus-Lemon, Frankincense, Geranium Rose, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Niaouli, Oakmoss  Absolute, Oregano, Palmarosa, Balsam-Peru, Pine, Ravensara aromatica,  Rose, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme-Linalool, Vetivert and Ylang Ylang.
 

Scent: Strong honey and hay aroma with herbaceous backnotes
 

Contraindications:  Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
 

About the Oil
There are many species of Helichrysum, though It is only the 'italicum' species that is true Immortelle/Everlasting, with the regenerative actions attributed to this wonderful oil. 


Aromatherapy Notes
Aromatically, it is thought to open the heart and clear old  emotional wounds. Considered a very important essential oil in aromatherapy, we  get many clients calling back for more of this oil, claiming the profound results they have experienced. This Helichrysum essential oil is light bodied and clear in color with a distinctly medicinal and   herbaceous, bright top note followed by camphoraceous, musty, green tea-like middle notes and a fresh,  cedar-like woody undertone.


Traditional Uses

The word Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios meaning  sun and        chrysos meaning gold. This is a reference to the golden color of many of the flowers from this botanical genus.  Helichrysum has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability, and was used often after battles. In Europe, Helichrysum has been used for generations as a tonic for respiratory complaints such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Headaches (including migraines), liver ailments, allergies and  psoriasis were also commonly cured with this flower, either in tea or oil form.
 

Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Anti-allergenic, Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Antiseptic, Astringent,   Cholagogue, Cictrisant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Fungicidal, Hepatic,   Nervine.


Safety

Helichrysum essential oil is noted as non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It can be used topically at full-strength    concentration, yet if ingesting, pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult a physician.
 

Hop

HOP ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

Hop essential oil is probably best known for being used in breweries but it also has several aromatherapy applications.
 

Botanical Name: Humulus lupulus
L., Cannabidaceae

It's a nice calming oil - 3-4 drops on a tissue next to the pillow can  help you drift off to sleep. When blended in a carrier oil or added to a  hot bath it can calm the pain and cramps associated with menstruation.
 

It can also be blended with a base cream or lotion to help treat areas  of rough skin. It also has high levels of estrogen so may be beneficial  to those going through the menopause. If used for too long a period or in too high a concentration it can be a dermal irritant so always use caution. If you have any reaction then cease use.


Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowers

Country of Origin: UK

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Citrus oils, copaiba balsam, nutmeg, pine, spice oils.


Scent: Rich, dry, spicy floral


Contraindications:  Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
 

About the Oil
Hops Essential Oil is often blended with Valerian and Passion Flower both sedatives to create sleeping inducing blends. Hops Oil is also calming and used to de-stress. It is an excellent oil to counter free floating anxiety. It is being studied for it cancer protective properties in women. The sedative quality of the herb is found in the glandular hairs of the fruiting body which produce lupulin, a sedative and hypnotic drug. Hops is used in brewing, to add bitterness and act as a preservative. Hops and marijuana belong to the hemp family. Like hemp, hop stems were used for fiber to make cloth and paper. An  absolute is made for perfumes. The herb seems to have estrogenic properties, but   they seem to be absent in the oil. The fresh hop fruits can cause hypersomnia, vomiting, profuse perspiration and  over-excitement.
 

Aromatherapy Notes

Hop essential oil has anti-bacterial, deeply relaxing and calming properties. It is particularly useful for aiding a good nights rest.  Hop essential oil has a rich, spicy-sweet odour. Hops extract has been  used   as an ingredient in sedative medicines, and also as an ingredient in cough syrups for many years The first known use of hops for therapeutic purposes was in the ancient world, in Egypt and  Babylonia, where it was believed to help protect against the plague  and leprosy.


Traditional Uses

Asthma, cough, dermatitis, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual cramps, nervous dyspepsia, nervous tension, neuralgia, rashes, rough skin, stress-related conditions. To take advantage of  the sedative actions of hops it may be added to a sleep or stress  blend and diffused into the air. 


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, nervine, sedative.


Safety

No formal testing, appears to be nontoxic, excessive amounts may be narcotic, avoid with depression, avoid with hormone dependent cancers such as breast, uterine and ovarian, do not use this oil for extended periods. 

Hyacinth

HYACINTH ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

Hyacinth  Absolute is a complex oil which brings on calm and forgiveness. It has been used by aromatherapists to enhance the right hemisphere of the brain bringing about greater creativity and improved self esteem. It has an incredibly exotic and heady fragrance that has a lot of depth.
 

Botanical Name: Hyancinthus    orientalis

Hyacinth — also referred to as Scilla Nutans and Bluebell — is  primarily used in perfumery. Its fragrance is refreshing and soothing.  
 

Method of Extraction: Solvent extraction

Parts Used: Flowers

Country of Origin: Holland, Netherlands, France, Egypt

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted
 

Blends Well With: Narcissus,  Elemi, Violet, Galbanum, Ylang Ylang, Styrax, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Amyris  and Ambrette Seed.

Scent: Sweet, green, deep, soft, floral
 

About the Oil
Hyacinth essential oil aids in emotional problems. Its sedative  properties soothe stress, tension, sorrow and feelings of distress.
 

Aromatherapy Notes
Usage in high class perfumery mainly oriental and floral perfumes.  It is used in shower gels, perfumes, facial and room   sprays, muscle gels and creams. Hyacinth absolute is a natural blend of   pure essential oils & absolutes that create scent similar to hyacinth. It is a nice alternative to synthetic fragrance oil as it has a beautiful sweet, floral-green and honey aroma.
 

Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature 

An incredibly exotic and heady fragrance that has a lot of depth. A complex oil which brings on calm and forgiveness. It has been used by aromatherapists to enhance the right hemisphere of the brain bringing about greater creativity and improved self esteem. 


Safety

No known toxicity.

Hyssop

HYSSOP ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

This pure Hyssop essential oil is steam distilled from Hyssop herb grown in Bulgaria. Hyssop officinalis is high in ketones, which should be used by those with knowledge of its application. It is considered a potent anti-viral medicinal.
 

Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis

The Essential Oil of Hyssop is extracted with the help of steam distillation of leaves and flower of a shrub called Hyssop. In the    botanical world, it is known by the name Hyssopus Officinalis. This  shrub grows mainly in the Mediterranean region and was known as Holy or Sacred herb in ancient times. Hyssop, due to its disinfectant and anti microbial properties, found its place even in the Old Testament as a purifier.


Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowering plant

Country of Origin: Spain, Hungary, France

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Bay, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrtle, orange, rosemary, sage.
 

Scent:  Sweet, rich herbaceous, camphoraceous
 

Contraindications: The oil is moderately toxic due  to the pinocamphone content and has caused a few reactions in some  individuals so use with caution. To be   used only in moderation.  Do not use in pregnancy, by infants, children or the elderly.  Do not use if you are epileptic. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.

About the Oil
Colorless liquid with a sweet, camphoraceous top note and warm-spciy  herbaceous  undertone. The herb has been traditionally used for  perhaps a thousand years for its antiseptic, disinfecting, and  anti-infectious properties.


Aromatherapy Notes
Hyssop oil's primary use in aromatherapy has been for respiratory and digestive complaints, and externally for rheumatism, bruises, sores, earache and toothache. It has also been used to regulate blood  pressure and as a general nerve tonic relieving states of anxiety or hysteria. Hyssop is listed in the current British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for bronchitis and the common cold.


Traditional Uses

It is one of the bitter herbs mentioned in the Old Testament, employed to purify the temples.  Romans used hyssop to protect  themselves against the plague, and to disinfect the houses of the sick.


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Amenorrhea, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, colds, cough, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, fevers, flatulence, indigestion, inflammation, influenza, leucorrhea, loss of appetite, nervous tension, rheumatism,    sore throat, stress related conditions, tonsillitis, wounds. The expectorant action of this oil can be utilized during cold and flu season or for respiratory problems. The oil may be added to a diffuser or a vapor rub.
 

Safety

Avoid in epilepsy, and while pregnant. Not for internal use.