Latin Name: Helichrysum bracteiferum
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering tops
Distilled from the flowers and flowering tops, Helichrysum has a powerful warm, honey, sweet, warm smell with green undertones. It is soothing and calming among other traits.
This Essential is a strong straw-like, fruity smell, with honey, and peppery tea undertones. A thin essential oil ranging from pale yellow to orange/red in hue.
Perhaps lesser know, this group of Helichrysum essential oils brings support on a different level. They are generally richer in the molecule 1,8-cineole (H. bracteiferum, H. gymocephalum, H. odoratissimum), the sesquiterpene β-caryophyllene (H. bracteiferum, H. odoratissimum), and the monoterpene β-pinene (H. bracteiferum). Constituents also vary based on growing conditions and location, but in general, these species are grown in areas like Madagascar and South Africa and are much more suited to applications for respiratory system support. They smell nothing like the italicum species and have a much sharper, more medicinal aroma.