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The use of Helichrysum italicum essential oil for CO2 laser aftercare for an atopic skin patient

We are here to offer a platform for case studies of graduating students in aromatherapy, and grateful for The School for Aromatic Studies to pioneer in offering visibility to their students works. Dian Pratiwi, MD, FINSDV, FAADV, CCA, is a dermatologist with 16 years of experience from Indonesia who fell in love with holistic healing and essential oils, and received her Clinical Aromatherapist certification through the Aromatic Scholars program. Dian is also an avid Reiki and Vibrational Healing practitioner and her private practice in Jakarta mixes modern western medicine, vibrational based functional medicine and essential oil-based adjuvant therapy.


In her research paper Dian Pratiwi shares her carefully prepared case study on Helichrysum essential oil for CO2 laser aftercare for an atopic skin patient. The article sheds light to bringing back nature’s pharmacy into dermatological interventions and with it gives an overview on Helichrysum italicum subspecies and distribution, touches chemotypes, traditional use and scientific data. Dian focuses on the antibacterial and antifungal activities of Helichrysum italicum essential oil as the key factors to demonstrate its use as a therapeutic agent in the dermatology field.


“In dermatology, invasive treatment routinely prescribed a topical antibiotic ointment for patient aftercare to prevent infection during wound healing. In a rare case of topical antibiotic allergy, one must find an alternative agent for this purpose. In this case report, Helichrysum essential oil served in CO2 laser aftercare as an alternative antimicrobial agent.”


We warmly thank Dian Pratiwi for sharing her excellent graduate paper from the Aromatic Scholars program of The School for Aromatic Studies. Please find the complete article in the winter edition of AROMATIKA Magazine. Subscribe or download is available via our shop.


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