As a natural cholagogue, helichrysum promotes the release of bile, and can therefore improve digestion. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2013 supported the antispasmodic effects of helichrysum inside an inflamed digestive system; helichrysum decreased gut swelling, digestive pain, and cramping.
A review published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents in 2001 found that the terpene compounds and flavonoids in helichrysum were effective against fungus and bacteria that caused skin irritations such as delayed wound healing, skin infections, and rashes. You can use helichrysum for scars, wrinkles, bruises, burns, hives, eczema, and psoriasis.
Helichrysum has been used for heart problems in European folkloric medicine for hundreds of years. A study published in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa in 2008 suggested that the hypotensive effect of helichrysum improved blood vessel function by lowering high blood pressure, increasing smooth muscle function, and reducing inflammation. These cardiovascular effects support the use of helichrysum against heart conditions such as hypertension.
Helichrysum has been used for liver detoxification and stimulation for centuries. According to an article published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2000 , the antioxidant properties of helichrysum are responsible for its liver-protective, detoxifying, and choleretic effects. Helichrysum is commonly used as a liver disease treatment, and it helps cleanse the body of heavy metals and other toxins.
Candida albicans may be the root cause of the persistent fatigue and digestive problems that many people experience on a daily basis. In a review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2014 , the unique compounds in helichrysum (terpenoids, phloroglucinols, and acetophenones) demonstrated antifungal effects against candida overgrowth in various clinical studies.
Research indicates that the special flavonoid antioxidant compounds in helichrysum may inhibit cancer growth and oxidative stress. Helichrysum may protect against cancerous tumor growth, cell mutation and death, and radiation-induced DNA damage in both human and animal studies.
Studies have found that the phloroglucinols and flavonoids in helichrysum can inhibit harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi, which means that it could be used in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Helichrysum is even strong enough to reduce the risk of getting HIV.
Research has found that helichrysum reduces muscle, joint, and nerve pain by improving circulation and lowering inflammation and swelling. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties make it an effective pain reliever for symptoms of exercise-related injuries, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Helichrysum may support the neurological system to potentially treat multiple sclerosis symptoms, including loss of balance, deep fatigue, impaired speech, facial paralysis, and numbness or weakness of the limbs.
Helichrysum is particularly noted for its chloretic and diuretic properties. Helichrysum may treat various conditions, including digestive problems, infections, wounds, respiratory conditions, multiple sclerosis symptoms, candida and heart and nervous system issues. Considered one of the oldest healing substances in Europe.
The name Helichrysumis derived from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “chrysos” meaning gold, referring to the color of many of the flowers of species in this genus. Common Names: Strawflower, Everlasting Flower, Yellow Paper Flower.
A tea made from helichrysum flowers is said to have a light fruity flavor. It is made by infusing a handful of dried flowers in a mug of boiled water. Let the mix stand for about 5 to 7 minutes, then drink.
Alternatively, helichrysum flowers can also be used as a flavoring for different herbal teas. Simply soak the flowers as the herbal tea steeps so that the benefits blend can be derived in the blend.
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