Heliotropium or the flowers that turn their inflorescences towards the sun belong to the Boraginaceae family. These flowers are also known to be the symbol for the month of August. This flower was originally found in Americas and Peruans discovered its medicinal uses. The delicate blossoms are white or purple and can reach up to 45cm in height.
An affordable graceful absolute having a fine sugary, vanilla scent making you think of fresh cherries and vanilla and it is why it is also known to be called the Cherry pie.It is known to be highly used in the aromatherapy but also by the perfumery and pharmaceutical industries. It is known to blend well with sandalwood, white muguet, lily and hyacinth and even musk.
Oil is extracted through the process of hot oil effleurage extraction from the ends of the flower but maceration is one of the common methods for the extraction of oil from this delicate flower. The perfume scent stays faithful to the real scent of the flower but also recalling the odor of hazelnuts.
Solvent Extraction is also known to be used for this flower too. Steam distillation is not suitable for this delicate flower.
The chemistry of this sweet and light absolute includes anisaldehyde, heliotropin, benzoic and anisic acids.
Heliotropin one of the main chemical elements existing in this flower is known to help alleviate stress and it is considered very useful for relaxation. Heliotrope absolute is used to relax patients who undergo stressful procedures by using it inside the room where the treatment procedure is applied.
It is also known to have beneficial effects on aching throats. There have been positive results registered in the case of uterine displacement after using the valuable Heliotrope.
Skin ulcers and furuncles have been reported to respond to Heliotrope treatment.
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