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Helichrysum Hydrosol

Helichrysum Hydrosol smells much more like a diluted version of its corresponding essential oil than a number of other hydrosols. It is somewhat tea-like, earthy and herbaceous. Some absolutely love the aroma and some find that it's an acquired "taste," so to speak.

Botanical Name: Helichrysum italicum

Aromatic Strength: Medium

Shelf Life: Up to 2 years if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).

Reported Properties, Uses and Applications: Suzanne Catty reports that Helichrysum Hydrosol is a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-hematoma and cicatrisant and offers some analgesic action. Much like its essential oil counterpart, it is indispensible for use with bumps, and bruises. Catty recommends Helichrysum Hydrosol for use in healing wounds and for surgical aftercare including in treating needle wounds and detoxifying the liver after anesthesia. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 96-97.]

Len and Shirley Price report that the Helichrysum Hydrosol that they analyzed consists of 38-41% ketones, 19-20% alcohols, 14-16% eucalyptol and possesses the following properties: "analgesic, anticoagulant, antiinfectious, antiinflammatory, antiviral, calming, cicatrizant, digestive, expectorant, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative, stimulant." [Len Price and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals (London: Churchill Livingstone, 2004), 114.]

Jeanne Rose adds that Helichrysum Hydrosol is helpful in reducing scarring when used on fresh wounds, and helps to soothe the heart. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 173.]

Safety Information: Read AromaWeb's Hydrosol Safety Guidelines.

Helpful Sources of Information About Helichrysum Hydrosol:

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Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
Author: Suzanne Catty
Publisher: Healing Arts Press
Copyright: 2001
ISBN: 0892819464 / 978-0892819461
Pages: 352

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Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals
Author: Len Price and Shirley Price
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0443073163 / 978-0443073168
Pages: 300

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375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols
Author: Jeanne Rose

Publisher: Frog, Ltd.
Copyright: 1999
ISBN: 1883319897 / 978-1883319892
Pages: 252

Disclaimer: The hydrosol information and safety precautions provided within this area are intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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