Herb Benefits of Curry Plant
Curry Plant is the common name given to the flowering plant Helichrysum italicum belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae. Its leaves have a very strong smell. It can grow up to 60cm or more in height and is generally found on dry and sandy grounds of Mediterranean regions. It produces an oil which has anti-inflammatory fungicidal and astringent properties. Useful in burns and chapped skin and also used in perfumes due to its intense fragrance. Even though it is called Curry Plant because of its smell resembling that of curry leaves, curry plant is not used in food or dishes.
Primary Use of Curry Plant
Curry plant is most used for its oil which has a lot of uses. It is a major product in aromatherapy industry now and almost everyone who does aromatherapy uses this. Curry plant is also used as a plant in homes or backyards because of its beautiful small yellow flowers and the fragrance it emits.
Chemical and Nutrient Content of Curry Plant
The herb contains following compounds
- Monoterpenes: A-pinene, B-pinene, D-limonene, G-curcumene
- Sesquiterpene: B-carophyllene
- Alcohols: Linalol, geraniol, nerol,furfurol
- Esters: neryl acetate, geranyl acetate
- Aldehydes: Isovaleric
- Ketones: Diones, italidone, other B-diketones
- Phenol: Eugenol
Health Benefits of Curry Plant
It is a very good Antispasmodic
A spasm or seizure is always unexpected and can occur anywhere in the body be it the lungs, muscles, nerves or any other internal organs and can prove to be fatal sometimes. If a spasm begins, then Helichrysium Essential Oil is very useful in treating it immediately and providing quick relief. It can also act as a prevention agent if taken regularly.
It is also an Anticoagulant
Helichrysum Oil has Anticoagulant properties and is very beneficial for those who have a risk of heart attacks due to high cholesterol and thickening of blood. The oil can quickly liquefy the blood and provide relief to the user.
Not just thickening of blood, accumulation of blood at one place or blood clots can also prove fatal for a person and may lead to brain hemorrhage. The Helichrysum Essential Oil helps in clearing the blood accumulation and acts as an Anti-hematic by stimulating the enzymes which melts or dissolves those clots.
Helpful in reducing the fever
Helichrysum Oil is an antiallergic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant, fungicidal and antiseptic substance which means that it has something for every kind of fever there is. This oil helps in reducing the fever which always accompanies something with itself like colds, infections, chicken pox, small pox or allergic reactions etc.
It is a Mucolytic
People encounter coughs and congestion when the mucus, which is there in the internal tracts to keep them moist and slippery and away from any scratches, starts accumulating and gets deposited in the respiratory system resulting from colds and other illness. The oil is very beneficial in these cases as it encourages the thinning of excess mucus through hydrolysis.
It has Diuretic properties
Many people don’t know that urination also helps in the lowering of blood pressure, eliminating fat and thus reducing weight, improving digestion and removal of toxic substances from the blood and body. If there is a problem in urination, then one should consult in using the Helichrysum oil which has diuretic properties and promotes and facilitates urination.
The oil is Cytophylactic also
Helichrysum oil has the innate ability to improve the health of cells, recycling the dead cells and encouraging the production of new cells. This property helps in the overall growth and repair of the body and is a boon for growing children or children which have obstructed growth.
How to Use:
- The plant is not very useful, only the oil which is extracted from it is useful.
- It is used in aromatherapy so one should always consult an aromatherapist before using this essential oil.
- It can also be used by blending with lavender, rose, lime, orange, petit grain and Ylang-Ylang oil.
This oil has approximately no side effects or toxic effects but it is recommended that people which have gone surgery recently should not use it as this oil has anticoagulant properties.