|Botanical Nomenclature||Helichrysum stoechas|
|Taxonomy- Family||Compositae or Asteraceae|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Helichrysum stoechas is an annual or perennial plant growing up to 60cm, with linear or lanceolate, gray-green leaves and small, spherical, yellow flowers in inflorescences. The flowering and harvesting take place in early spring|
|Region Found||Preveza, Thesprotia|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||Essential oil which contains esters (acetate nerol), terpenes (4-15% curcumin, 4.1% pinene, limonene 10.4% kaempherol, quercetin, luteolin, linalool, geraniol). Also the plant contains hydrocarbons, flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, not -terpenoid beta-ketones|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The stems and the flowers of the plant have expectorant, sudorific and laxative properties and they are used for the treatment of common cold. The essential oil has healing, anti-aging, regenerating, anti-inflammatory, haemostatic and lipolytic properties. It is recommended against various skin diseases such as burns, acne, herpes, wounds, bruises and eczema. Also, the whole plant has antioxidant and carcinostatic properties due to its contents in phenolic compounds (3,5-O-dicaffeoylquinic acid, O-acetylhexoside). Finally, in folk medicine the essential oil is used as pasmolytic, analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic, antidepressant and for many other actions.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is applied externally to the skin as healing, sedative and anaplastic in the form of essential oil (2-3 drops), usually in combination with other essential oils.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported.|
|References||1)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657488 2)https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-helichrysum-essential-oil.html 3)http://www.greekconcept.gr/%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%B8%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CE%AD%CE%BB%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%B1/%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%AF%CF%87%CF%81%CF%85%CF%83%CE%BF%CF%82--helichrysum-italicum 4)http://veriditasbotanicals.com/how-to-use-our-essential-oils-therapeutically/helichrysum/ 5)https://kentromeletisarxaiasthourias.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/helichrysum-stoechas-%CE%BB%CE%B5%CE%B9%CE%BC%CF%8E%CE%BD%CE%B9%CE%BF-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%BB%CF%80%CF%89%CF%84%CF%8C-%CE%B1%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%81%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%B8/ 6)http://www.aromatotherapeia.gr/elichrysos-helichrysum-italicum-ssp-serotinum/|