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.*
7. Alleviate Pain
Apply a 2% to 3% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend to the site of pain for long-lasting relief. You can also blend 2 to 3 drops of Helichrysum into 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and use that for faster pain relief. The aloe vera gel buffers the essential oil to help prevent irritation but it allows the EO to penetrate the skin faster than a carrier oil. It can be applied up to several times a day, if necessary.
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8. Get Headache Relief
Mix 1 to 2 drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum into a teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera gel and gently massage the blend into the temples, back of your neck and forehead for headache relief. Helichrysum aromatherapy can also be used to get rid of headache pain. If you don’t have time to sit near your diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes, simply cup your hands over your nose and inhale the vapors after applying the blend to your temples.
*Place a drop of a 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin andwait for at least a few hours to
make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*
9. Reduce Inflammation
Use the 2% to 3% Helichrysum EO/carrier oil blend to reduce inflammation.
10. Get Relief from Arthritis
Massage a 2% to 3% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend into arthritic joints to get relief from pain and reduce inflammation. Coconut oil and borage oil are good carrier oils to use in an arthritis treatment blend.
11. Treat Gout
Gently apply a 2% to 3% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend to joints affected by gout. It will relieve the pain and inflammation.
12. Alleviate Sore Muscles
Massage the 2% to 3% blend into sore muscles to reduce pain and inflammation after a hard workout or a long, hard day at work.
*Do not use Helichrysumgymnocephalum while pregnant.*
13. Relieve Menstrual Cramps
Massage a 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend into the lower abdominal area and lower back for relief from menstrual cramps. It can be applied several times a day, when necessary.
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14. Treat Dermatitis
Apply a 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend to areas affected by dermatitis or skin conditions to speed healing. It will quickly soothe the irritation and pain.
15. Treat Herpes
Dab a 2% to 3% Helichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil/carrier oil blend on herpes sores for relief from pain and inflammation. Its antiviral therapeutic properties can also speed healing.
16. Improve Skin Texture
Use Helichrysumgymnocephalum EO in an exfoliating scrub to improve your skin’s texture and appearance. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple. Mix 2 drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum with 1 drop each of lavender EO and carrot seed EO, 1teaspoon of water, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. The aloe vera gel is good for your skin and helps offset the high pH of baking soda. Gently, rub the mixture over the skin in a circular motion. Don’t scrub. Baking soda is a very effective exfoliator. Scrubbing with it would be far too abrasive.
17. Treat Acne
Dab a 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil/carrier oil blend on acne to speed healing. It will quickly reduce inflammation, soothe the skin and kill the bacteria that causes acne. Jojoba oil and argan oil are excellent carrier oils for acne-treatment blends. They control the skin’s sebum production. Sebum is the heavy, oily substance produced by the skin that causes acne in the first place.
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18. Alleviate Itching
Apply the 2% blend to itchy skin to quickly stop the itch. This is great for insect bites and stings. For faster relief, add 1 to 2 drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum to 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and lightly dab it on the itchy area.
19. Speed Bruise Healing
Gently, apply a 5% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend to bruises to relieve the pain and inflammation and speed healing. It can be applied several times a day for this benefit.
20. Shrink Varicose Veins
Apply a 2% Helichrysumgymnocephalum/carrier oil blend to varicose veins to shrink them and tone the skin.
21. Treat Gingivitis
Add 2 drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum to 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth with it after meals to treat gingivitis. The oil will reduce swelling, inflammation and pain while it kills the bacteria and speeds healing.
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22. Alleviate Fatigue
Practice Helichrysumgymnocephalum essential oil aromatherapy to alleviate fatigue and enhance creativity. Just add a few drops of the oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes when you are feeling worn down or when you are up against a deadline and need to come up with a new idea.
23. Boost Your Libido
Add a few drops of Helichrysumgymnocephalum oil to your diffuser to give your libido a boost. Run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed or while enjoying a candle-lit dinner with your partner. It has a wonderful fresh, somewhat floral-spicy fragrance that is very pleasant and relaxing.
Was this list helpful to you? Helichrysumgymnocephalumessential oil is a little more expensive than many other oils, generally costing about $45 a bottle, but you only need to use a drop or two to get its great benefits. This is a good essential oil to keep in the refrigerator for occasional use. Keep it on hand, literally, to protect yourself when cold and flu season hits. It will keep you free from germs and smelling fabulously fresh.
Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with Helichrysumgymnocephalumessential oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experience and keep adding to the on-going list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all of this oil’s great benefits.
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