Did you know that there is an essential oil which outperforms even the most popular pain meds? What`s more, it has been found to work even better than certain natural remedies which are commonly used to relieve pain. The best part is that it is completely safe to use and it doesn’t provide any adverse side-effects. This secret remedy is the oil of the curry plant – Helichrysum Italicum.
What is Helichrysum?
Helichrysum Italicum is not actually where curry comes from, despite its nickname- curry plant. Its name derives from its curry-like fragrance and yellow flowers instead. It is native to Europe and mostly cultivated in France, although it can be found in a few regions more as well. There are many different varieties of helichrysum essential oil, so make sure you choose the one coming from this specific plant.
How does it work?
Many pain relievers, including ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), are known to be highly detrimental to the liver. On the other hand, Helichrysum essential oil is completely safe to use since it is non-irritating, non-toxic, and no-sensitizing.
Helichrysum extract is effective at:
- Relaxing tight muscles and connective tissue
- Promoting cellular regeneration
- Reducing inflammation and removing toxins
- Preventing bruising and blood clots
Most pharmaceuticals are effective at only two of the aforementioned instances. For instance, aspirin only works when targeting inflammation and thinning blood. Helichrysum essential oil works almost instantly, unlike pharmaceuticals which take a few hours to deliver the wanted results. It is used topically and it works for pain in the muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. You can even use it for bruises, sprains, and back pain!
How to use it?
It can be used one of two ways, depending on the severity of the pain. In cases of acute pain like twisted ankle or burn, apply undiluted oil onto the affected area. Once it calms down, dilute the amount you apply with 20% carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil.
For chronic pain, start with helichrysum diluted in carrier oil, starting at low dilution such as 5 percent. To create a 5 percent dilution, you will need about 40 drops of helichrysum in an ounce of the chosen carrier oil.
Note: Make sure you check the labels when mixing oils, as some of them may be toxic at higher concentrations. Although helichrysum doesn’t provide any side-effects, don’t use it in case you are taking a blood thinner or you have open wounds.