Deemed the “Everlasting” or “Immortal Flower,” the history of helichrysum goes back to the ancient Greeks. In fact, the term, “Helichrysum,” comes from the Greek words for sun and gold, “helios” and “chryos,” respectively, because the perennial herb produces golden bell-shaped flowers and silver leaves.
Helichrysum is not only helpful for those who are physically wounded but also for those that are emotionally wounded. Those that have a history of tough circumstances, trauma, addictions, loss or abuse. Helichrysum offers tremendous support for the “walking wounded”. It gives strength and endurance to the soul to withstand these difficult situations. Helichrysum cuts through emotional blocks on a subtle and gentle level. Its sharp and herbaceous aroma makes one feel secure and safe. More importantly, releasing these blocks gives rise to the gift of patience and persistence. This is an excellent choice then for those who have been irresponsible, lack follow through or need strength to persevere through life’s hardships.
It’s no wonder that Helichrysum promotes opening of the solar plexus our that deals with power, self-worth and self-confidence. Notably the flower is yellow which is also the colour of this chakra and it’s connected to the light of the sun. Just like the sun, Helichrysum imbues joy, excitement and hope for living. It restores confidence in life and in the Self, giving the individual the necessary strength to “make it”. If the individual can make it and persevere enough, Helichrysum will take them to new levels of spiritual awareness. The wounds will finally be healed.
With this spiritual healing and transformation, Helichrysum teaches the individual to be thankful for their trials. It helps one to see that if they had not been hurt or wounded, they would not have sought any healing which allowed the spiritual re-birth. The storm ALWAYS passes and there is no hardship that stays forever. This too shall pass and individuals can be raised from their turmoil. Helichrysum, just like Ginger, lends its warrior-like spirit to the one who is willing to face their trials with courage and determination. It brings hope, just like the sun brings hope & life after a rainy day, to the most disheartened of souls and life to those who need a rebirth.
Helichrysum blends well with: Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Rose or other spice and citrus oils.
Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Sandalwood.
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.