Helichrysumgymnocephalumis steam distilled from the plant’s flowers and leaves. In its native Madagascar, it is known as Rambiazina. It is one of the two more common types of Helichrysum essential oil. The other one is Helichrysumitalicum or Immortelle.
Both types are good for treating inflammation, colds, flu, skin conditions and congestion. Helichrysumgymnocephalum, however, is especially useful for the treatment of sore muscles, achy, arthritic joints, bronchitis and chest congestion.
It is also very energizing and stimulating. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, decongestant, disinfectant, expectorant, immuno-stimulant, mucolytic and tonic therapeutic properties.
1. Treat Breast Cancer
IncludeHelichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil in your breast cancer treatment plan. It has been clinically proven to inhibit MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. Mix the Helichrysumgymnocephalum oil into a carrier oil at the rate of 2 to 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. You can use any carrier oil you prefer; however, you might want to try apricot kernel oil for this use.
It also has proven cancer-fighting abilities and is high in antioxidants, relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Gently, massage the blend into the breast, chest wall around the breast, under the arms, down along the rib cage and even on your back. You can apply it once per week or up to once a day.
2. Treat or Prevent Malaria
Practice Helichrysumgymnocephalum aromatherapy to help prevent and/or treat malaria. It has been clinically proven to be an effective deterrent to malaria (Plasmodium falciparum). Massaging a 1% to 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend into the skin once a day may also help prevent or treat malaria.
3. Prevent Viral Infection
Practice Helichrysumgymnocephalum oil aromatherapy to prevent viral infection. It has proven anti-infectious properties that are especially effective at killing viruses. Add 6 drops of Helichrysum to your diffuser along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. The diffused oil will kill viruses in the air and on nearby surfaces.
Mix up a 2% to 3% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend and use it as a hand sanitizer. Rub a few drops of the blend into your hands before you leave home and periodically throughout the day. It will kill the viruses you pick up from touching door knobs and other surfaces during your normal daily activities.
4. Treat or Prevent Bacterial Infections
Mix 2 to 3 drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil into a carrier oil and apply it to wounds and sores to kill bacteria. You can use any essential oil for this purpose, although babassu oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil are ideal for this use. They also have antibacterial properties. Baobab oil is an excellent carrier oil for treating wounds. It actually promotes healing and enhances skin cell regeneration.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use.Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
5. Treat Upper Respiratory Infections
Massage a 2% to 3% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend into the chest and rib cage to get relief from chest congestion due to bronchitis. Helichrysumgymnocephalum aromatherapy is also beneficial for this condition. You can also use Helichrysum in a homemade vapor rub instead of eucalyptus oil. Helichrysumgymnocephalum is very similar to eucalyptus oil but it is a little gentler.
6. Reduce Sinus Congestion
Practice Helichrysumgymnocephalum aromatherapy to help relieve sinus congestion. A homemade vapor rub made with Helichrysum can also reduce sinus congestion as the vapors waft up to the nose.
*Do not use Helichrysumgymnocephalum on children younger than 6 to 8 years old. It is high in eucalyptol which can suppress breathing in young children.*