You've heard the saying "When in Greece...do as the Greeks do." Most of us likely are not in Greece right now, but there are still ways we should imitate them. One is in their use of Helichrysum. It has been used in herbal health practices since ancient Greece. It has many wonderful health benefits.
One of its most popular uses is for its restorative properties to the skin. It is used in anti-aging products because it has rejuvenating benefits. You can learn more in this quick video.
Blemishes - Helichrysum may help reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars. Here is a roller bottle recipe you can try for this purpose.
Youthful Complexion - Helichrysum may also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and help you have a glowing, youthful complexion. doTERRA has a Helichrysum Touch that is prediluted and great for this use. You can apply Helichrysum to your face daily to help target fine lines and wrinkles. You can also add it to your cleanser. Or try this Helichrysum Face Mask. If you're not sure where to find jojoba oil and other ingredients in these recipes, I've included some links at the bottom of the post.
Head Tension - Helichrysum can help soothe head and neck tension. Again, you can use Helichrysum Touch to apply it to your temples and the back of your neck then massage it in. You can also try this roller that uses PastTense® and Helichrysum.
Metabolism - Helichrysum may help promote a healthy metabolism. For this benefit, it needs to be taken internally. You can do this by adding a drop or two to a veggie cap, putting a crop directly in your mouth, or adding a few drops to your water.
Soothing - Because of its soothing sensation Helichrysum is great for massages. Add it to a carrier oil or body lotion.
Too Much Sun - Its soothing properties make it great for relief after too much sun. You can use it by itself (diluted) or try this after-sun recipe. This blog post has more summer sun DIY recipes to try! Summer Sun and Cooling Recipes
Bruises - Just as Helichrysum can reduce the appearance of blemishes, it can also help reduce the appearance of bruises. Try this roller recipe on your next bruise.
First Aid - Many people love to use Helichrysum for bloody noses. When one strikes, rub some Helichrysum over the bridge of the nose. You can also try this first aid roller recipe.
Achy Ears - When someone is experiencing ear pressure and discomfort you can apply diluted Helichrysum around the ears to help soothe them. You can also layer it with Tea Tree and Lavender for an added cleansing boost. Remember, you should never drip oils directly into the ear canal.
Do you have a favorite use for Helichrysum or a testimonial of how it has helped you? I would love to hear it in the comments!