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Botanical & Mineral Alchemy: Citrine and Helichrysum

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Botanical & Mineral Alchemy: Citrine and Helichrysum

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Channel your creativity and artistic vision with the confidence nurturing attributes of sunny, warm, and encouraging citrine and helichrysum. This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Hawkhouse, a designer of raw mineral jewelry.  This collaboration seeks to explore the metaphysical properties of minerals and botanicals and how those properties may influence our emotional and spiritual beings.  

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al·chem·y:  a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or both; the transformation of matter.

The unique, if intangible, qualities of minerals and botanicals can transform our emotional and spiritual selves in immensely profound ways.

It is perhaps most appropriate that I am sitting down to write on the virtues of helichrysum and citrine in the days leading up to the solar eclipse.  The intense yellow to orange colors of the mineral and flowers are quite reminiscent of the sun itself.  And much like the sun, citrine and helichrysum are profoundly illuminating.  Perhaps the culmination of the writing of this post and the eclipse is a signal for me to see things in a new light, clearer light.


Citrine, a member of the quartz family, is the mineral embodiment of light.  Its warm glow is stimulating and invigorating.  It is a mineral of energy, focus, and drive.  Citrine helps one to gain perspective and clarity, and engage creatively with their surroundings.  Like the color yellow, citrine is inherently cheery, forcing negativity back to the crevices from whence it came.  It is the great protector – keeping one’s way well lit and darkness at bay.



Helichrysum has orange-yellow flowers that resist aging, hence its other common name, Immortelle.  From a physical standpoint, helichrysum is an exceptionally healing botanical, while from a metaphysical perspective it promotes mental clarity. Creative channels and artistic vision are unlocked with this botanical.  The curry-like scent of the flowers and foliage is warm and spicy and it botanical is known as a great healer or wounds, bruises, and strains.


Citrine and Helichrysum

The alchemy of citrine and helichrysum can be summed up by motivation.  These are the minerals and botanical to take you from idea to production, removing the self-imposed barriers to expression.  Citrine and helichrysum are ideal for the artistic, the writer, the visionary that needs the push and confidence to present their craft to the world.

citrine and helichrysum

I wear my citrine necklace from Hawkhouse with pride.  It is a statement piece that never fails to garner interest and compliments – which, no doubt, nurtures my confidence.   Helichrysum makes a wonderful hydrosol (make your own here or check out Mountain Rose Herbs).  I also include helichrysum as an essential oil in this healing salve).

Citrine and Helichrysum


Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of can be seen at,,, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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  • Patri September 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    They both look so similar! (Citrine and Helichrysum).

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