Helichrysum gymnocephalum

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Helichrysum gymnocephalum
Scientific classification
H. gymnocephalum
Binomial name
Helichrysum gymnocephalum

Helichrysum gymnocephalum is a flowering plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) found in Madagascar.[1] It is used locally for its alleged aphrodisiac, antiseptic, and stimulant properties, and also as a treatment for bronchitis.[1] The essential oil is sold internationally for these same purposes.[2] This oil mostly consists of 1,8-Cineole, the organic compound Eucalyptol, which may account for these properties.[3]

In 1999, the non-profit organization Seacology helped to preserve this and other plants by creating a national park around Mt. Angavokely, near Antananarivo in Madagascar.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Peterson, K. (2005). "Seacology helps conserve medicinal plants in Madagascar" (PDF). HerbalGram. 65: 20–21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  2. ^ Helichrysum gymnocephalum, Aromatics International.
  3. ^ Möllenbeck, S.; König, T.; Schreier, P.; Schwab, W.; Rajaonarivony, J.; Ranarivelo, L. (1997). "Chemical Composition and Analyses of Enantiomers of Essential Oils from Madagascar". Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 12 (2): 63. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-1026(199703)12:2<63::AID-FFJ614>3.0.CO;2-Z.