Helichrysum Use to Speed Healing from Injury
First let's have a Simple Look at the Chemistry: Why this oil acts to reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing.
Helichrysum contains curcuminoids, much like curcumin found in turmeric spice. In recent years, a huge amount of evidence has appeared for the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin-- the concentrated extract of the spice turmeric.
Helichrysum essential oil is rich in a form of 'curcuminoids' which, when topically-applied, quickly pass through the skin and reach the underlying muscle, tendon or ligament. This prevents the normal swelling process to occur by turning off the cellular signal to promote swelling.
Halting the swelling process does two things: it reduces the discomfort, because much of the pain is the result of increased pressure in the area due to the swelling and reduces the swelling itself. Swelling is supposed to signal us to protect the injured area, but it actually slows the healing process by limiting the rate at which damaged material can be flushed away, and new nutrients can arrive at the injury site.
The speeding of healing is typical of acute sports injuries, and virtually all common bumps, bangs, and twists. If one applies the oil to the area as soon as possible, healing time can be dramatically reduced, along with a reduction of the amount of pain that would otherwise be experienced. Further, there is chance of a bruise to form on a banged knee, for example - if Helichrysum is applied quickly enough, no mark will even appear. We have experienced this first hand. In other cases we have also experienced what would have been a large or horrendous bruise to be dramatically reduced in size, discomfort of area and of more rapid recovery.
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