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A Guide To Helichrysum Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

A Guide To Helichrysum Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses In Aromatherapy | Picture of aromatherapy supplies and helichrysum flowers

"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.

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.

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 The Differences Between Helichrysum Essential Oils or Helichrysum Species.

Basic Helichrysum Facts

Plant family: Asteracae/Compositae

Production: Steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant.

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.

Main components:

alpha-pinene   21.7%
gamma-curcumene  10.4%
neryl acetate   6.1%
beta-selinene   6.0%

Note: Helichrysum italicum has several subspecies that have varying components.

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.


Benefits Of Helichrysum Essential Oil

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: Use helichrysum for 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 skin care 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: Helichrysum oil is useful 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.

Helichrysum Oil Uses

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

  • 1 drop helichrysum
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon of either green clay or pink calamine lotion
  • Witch hazel
  1. Blend first four ingredients in a small container.
  2. Mix in enough witch hazel to create a paste.
  3. Apply the paste to bee and wasp sting welts as needed.

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.

Skin Care

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:

  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum
  • 17 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 40 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

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:

  • 1 tablespoon rosehip oil
  • 1 tablespoon apricot kernel oil
  • 6 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop helichrysum

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:

  • 10 drops Moroccan chamomile (Tanacetum annuum) essential oil (also called blue tansy)
  • 10 drops helichrysum
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 4 teaspoons hazelnut oil

Source: Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy

Scars and Stretch Marks

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:

  • 10 drops sage essential oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum
  • 1 tablespoon rose hip oil
  • 5.5 tablespoons hazelnut oil

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.

  • 4 drops each helichrysum, lavender, and frankincense essential oils
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

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.

  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops helichrysum
  • 5 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4-ounce glass jar 
  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Stir in cocoa butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the essential oils to your glass jar, and then pour in the mixture and stir ingredients together.
  4. Let the body butter cool and solidify.
  5. Gently massage the butter onto your abdomen and other areas with stretch marks.

Source: Eden's Garden

Other Uses

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

  • 1/2 cup coconut or jojoba oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

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.

Buy Helichrysum Essential Oil

I recommend helichrysum essential oil from Young Living. The plant is cultivated at the company's farm in Split, Croatia.



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Photo Credit for Helichrysum Italicum Flowers: Júlio Reis [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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