Happy Thursday, everyone! This weeks my thoughts have been everywhere. It really have been one of those weeks. One of the things weighing on my mind, was what was going on with my neighbor and dear friend. Her little toddler was just diagnosed this week with Von Willebrand disease type III. It is a blood disorder in which, in her case, her body isn't producing any Von Willebrand factor (a protein required for platelet adhesion). She essentially can't produce the clotting factors she needs to live a normal life. She bruises and bleeds very, very easily. I know her family is so grateful to finally have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. But why I bring this up today, is to show that even though essential oils can't take away this inherited disease, they can help her heal when she does have bleeding and bruises. So, today I'm going to talk about Helichrysum.
Helichrysum is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant, but find an organic source that is properly harvested and distilled is quite difficult, so the oil is one of the more expensive ones.
It is antibacterial, anticatarrhal (helps the body remove excess mucous), coagulant, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, expectorant, and mucolytic.
It can be applied neat or diluted, if you have sensitive skin.
It can be applied directly to the area of concern, so right on the bruise or cut, etc. It can also be applied on the reflex points of the feet. I have seen deep, dark bruises disappear within hours when I've applied helichrysum to them. It is the perfect oil to have in your first aid kit, because it can stop bleeding immediately.
You can also diffuse it or take it internally by diluting 1 drop of oil in a teaspoon of honey or in a glass of water.
For more information on how to use the Helichrysum or any of the other oils see: