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| Absolute Immortelle and Helichrysum for Wound Healing? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Paul
Posted on: March 15, 2002
I was given some everlasting absolute (immortelle), also Helichrysum angustifolium for open cut/sores, for skin that doesn’t heal too fast. What is the proper use for this, and what is it exactly? Also, it came in a bottle and has a thick consistency to be added with oil, and heated for like 20 minutes at 220 degrees. Do you know of this?
The plant Helichrysum italicum yields both an essential oil, and an absolute called "immortelle". Helicrysm angustifolium appears to be used for the same purposes.
Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from plants. They are usually added to a carrier oil like olive oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil, and applied externally. The usual dilution is about 20 drops of the essential oil to one ounce (30 ml.) of the carrier oil.
An “absolute” is made from an alcoholic extraction of the plant.
I am not familiar with the heating process that you describe.
Helichrysum is used to regenerate skin tissue. I don’t know whether Helichrysum can be used safely on open wounds, so I do not recommend it for this purpose. Calendula, with its antiseptic and skin regenerating actions, is useful in cleansing and healing open wounds. It is used as an alcoholic extract for this purpose. Once the skin has closed over, you can use the Helichrysum.