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  Helichrysum, Gymnocephalum (no ratings yet)
Helichrysum gymnocephalum, wildcrafted from Madagascar.

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A powerful respiratory oil, this variety of Helichrysum has little or nothing in common with our more familiar Helichrysum italicuum.

Helichrysum gymnocephalum is said to be analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial, anti-septic, anti-viral, decongestant, expectorant, immunostimulant, mucolytic, and a tonic for the nervous system. Its major component is 1,8-cineole...as much as is found in many Eucalyptus oils. It also contains α-pinene and β-pinene. α-pinene is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral and anti-fungal (candida). β-Pinene is found to be a potent scavenger of free radicals. This combination should also make it a valuable addition to topical pain relief blends.

Aromatically, Helichrysum gymnocephalum is reminscent of a softer, gentler Eucalyptus globulous. I prefer it aromatically and think it would be a nice choice for a diffuser. I plan to try blending it with Fragonia™ for respiratory support, and with Lemon Ironbark Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus staigeriana) to clear the air.

I think it will be a marvelous oil to reach for when a sinus headache or tension headache strikes, as well.

SAFETY: Robert Tisserand advises that essential oils high in 1,8 cineole can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children.  Likely risk of skin reaction is low.

GC/MS Analysis:
HELG0413PH
MA-B494002
Batch No. MA-HELIG1015PFE

Helichrysum gymnocephalum is said to blend well with Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and Vetiver essential oils.


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