"Helichrysum opens hearts to the unseen energies that affect our lives here on earth," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She goes on to say the emotional benefits of helichrysum essential oil are to encourage calm, acceptance, dreams, patience, perseverance, inner strength, and awareness.
You may also see the name Helichrysum angustifolium, which is generally considered the same plant as italicum. But other species do exist. For information, see Helichrysum Species.
Plant family: Asteracae/Compositae
Production: Steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant. Helichrysum essential oil (Helichrysum italicum) — also known as everlasting or immortelle — is an expensive oil. Distilling the oil requires many delicate flowers that must be hand-harvested.
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, earthy
Perfume/Aromatic note: Base to Middle
Is helichrysum safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, the essential oil is a common one to use in blends to prevent stretch marks.
Is helichrysum essential oil safe for children? Yes.
Cautions: Low risk of skin irritation.
Note: Helichrysum italicum has several subspecies that have varying components.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Helichrysum is believed to stimulate production of new skin cells and is useful in skin care products for acne, dermatitis, scar tissue, bruising, burns, boils, insect bits, and couperose, mature, and sun-damaged skin. Plus, the scent helps relieve depression, lethargy, nervous, exhaustion, and stress.
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Uses for helichrysum essential oil include daily skin care and rejuvenating damaged skin; soothing skin irritation, inflammation, and burns; reducing the appearance of scars; helping heal bruises, minor cuts, scrapes, and bug bites/stings; and healing emotional wounds.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): In addition to the helichrysum essential oil skin benefits already mentioned, helichrysum may be useful for muscle aches, pains, and strains; colds and flu; and nervous system conditions such as depression, lethargy, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, and stress-related problems.
Aromatherapy Bible: Use helichrysum oil in blends for lymphatic drainage massage and in cold compresses for bruising. The oil can also help relieve inflamed skin, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and inflamed joints. "Overall, helichrysum is cleansing, calming and healing... Psychologically, [this essential oil] warms and opens up repressed emotions and is good for insight meditation."
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine helichrysum regulates the flow of Qi-energy, helps move stagnant blood, encourages the flow of bile, reduces spasms, and clears heat. Conditions the oil may help relieve include headaches and migraines, muscle aches and pains, neuralgia, and irritable bowel. Also, everlasting oil helps clear severe emotional blockages. This essential oil's energy is cool and dry and its main element is Wood.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, helichrysum promotes emotional stability and calm, emotional security and strength, and transformation of shock and trauma. Physically, the oil relaxes and restores the body and is useful for sensitive and dry skin care. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of helichrysum is to activate Qi and Blood, settle the Heart, and harmonize the Shen.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Helichrysum activates intuition and is valuable in all meditation, visualization, therapy, personal development, and creative work.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Helichrysum's relaxing properties make the oil beneficial for meditation or any type of spiritual ceremony. Use the oil for baby blessings or to help the dying transition. Mentally, the essential oil relieves stress and improves your overall outlook on life. Emotionally, the oil supports you through any type of transition.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Helichrysum clears energy blocks and helps you let go of emotional wounds and begin healing. Especially useful for the fourth chakra, where the oil promotes compassion and patience for self and others.
For neuropathy and neuralgia: Blend 2 drops helichrysum oil, 2 drops rosemary essential oil, and 2 drops cypress essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil. Rub the blend on the affected area. Source: Essential Oils Guide by Dr. Axe
Bug Bite Relief Blend
Cautions: If irritation occurs, discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
You can also use this blend with dogs and horses.
Source: Kelly Holland-Azzaro, et al. "Natural Bug Repellent And Bug Bite Relief Blends." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2013.2, p. 59.
For dull, dry, sun-exposed skin: Combine helichrysum and lavender in coconut oil. Gently massage the blend onto your skin.
Sunburn Relief Body Oil
To a 4-ounce glass bottle, add:
Apply this oil blend to your sunburn as often as possible.
Source: Katie Vie. "Summer Seasonal Self Care." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2013.2, p. 8.
Skin Serum for Mature Skin
To a 30-ml glass dropper bottle, add:
Close bottle and gently shake to mix oils. Apply 10 to 20 drops of skin serum to your face and neck before bed.
Caution: Do not use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Source: Cheryl Murphy, Certified Aromatherapist. "The Apiaceae Plant Family." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Spring 2017.1, p. 15.
Sensitive Skin Care
Use the following blend for sensitive skin, chemically damaged or sunburned skin, and spider veins:
To soften lines, scars, and other adhesions, blend blend helichrysum and myrrh essential oil in a carrier oil, according to aromatherapist KG Stiles.
To help old scars fade, use the following blend:
Apply to scars 2 or 3 times a day for 3 to 6 months. Source: Advanced Aromatherapy.
Note: If you do not have or cannot use sage, make a blend with 20 drops helichrysum, according to The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils.
Stretch Mark Oil For Pregnancy
Use this oil after the first trimester of pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks.
Blend ingredients in a small glass jar. Massage some of the blend over your abdomen, breasts, and thighs every morning and night.
Source: One Good Thing
DIY Stretch Mark Body Butter
You can also use this body butter during pregnancy.
Source: Eden's Garden
When you feel in a slump, diffuse a blend of helichrysum and eucalyptus radiata to perk up and focus better.
Pain Relief Rub For Arthritis
Mix all ingredients together in a convenient container. Store in cool place. Massage into painful areas as needed. Source: Dr. Axe
For sports massage: Combine a few drops of helichrysum and peppermint in a carrier oil.