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Tree and herbaceous peonies grace my garden. They are stunning this time of year and they can bloom for 100 years and have been cultivated for over 1500 years. Native to Asia the plants, roots and stems have been used as blood tonic, liver ailments and for bruises.
My Dianthus are blooming emitting their spicy, clove aroma. A member of the carnation family, they look like paper cut with pinking shears. The name is derived from the Greek work for God dios anthos meaning flower. With over 300 species they are native to North Africa, Europe and Asia, one species survives in the artic of North America.
Helichrysum oil is an essential oil that you is not widely used however, is quite restorative and effective in skincare. Studies indicate that the oil minimizes scarring and has the ability to filter uv rays. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being cell-regenerative. It can also soothe anger and stress and has been known to lessen migraine pain. While researching genus helichrysum I found that there are over 600 species, including many that are in my backyard. The oil that is most commonly used for skincare is helichrysum italicum commonly known as the curry plant because of the aroma it produces and grows in the Mediterranean. You can find it in HollyBeth Organics rose geranium toner along with rose and rose geranium.