Healing with Helichrysum, a Case Study

Apr 13, 12:00 AM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

For those of you who doubt the healing powers of helichrysum for traumatic skin injury, here's a brief case study with a photo essay.

The client was a 79 year old female who received a bilateral blepharostophy to correct sagging eyelids which obstructed her vision. She presented with mature, fragile, hypersensitive skin and many allergies to pharmaceutical medications. The day after the surgery, she had extensive bruising and edema around the upper cheeks, undereye area and eyelids, as indicated in the first photo. Incisions around both eyes were still draining.


Beginning the morning after surgery, helichrysum hydrolat (Helichrysum italicum var. serotinum) was misted over the affected area several times daily. Cold helichrysum hydrolat compresses were placed under the eyes daily for 5 days. Note the reduction in bruising and edema around the entire eye area in the second photo.


Stitches were removed 9 days after surgery. On day 6, the incisions were scabbed over and client ceased using the hydrolat. She began light application of Aromaceuticals Regenerate Synergy 3 times daily. Regenerate contains helichrysum and other essential oils for wound care. By day 13 after surgery (third photo), note that edema has virtually disappeared, and only minor bruising remains.


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