21 November 2008

Helichrysum Oil, also known as Everlasting Oil, studied in Europe for regeneration of nerves, and improving skin conditions and circulation. It is considered one of the most important essential oils in aromatherapy because of its healing properties. There are many species of Helichrysum (approximately 500!) with italicum, sub-species 'serotinum' considered the best for therapeutic use.

Botanical Name
Helichrysum angustifolia

Yugoslavia or island of Corsica in Mediterranean

Light Yellow


Perfumery Note

Fresh, earthy, herbaceous

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong

Extraction Method
Extracted using steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, pinene, linalool, isovaleric aldehyde, sesquiterpenes, furfurol, eugenol

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, anticatarrhal, anticoagulant, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Helps calm the respiratory system
  • Stimulating to the entire digestive system
  • Also supports the circulatory, immune and structural systems
  • It is also used as an inhalent to minimize tension
  • Has traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating, calming, uplifting; possible liver stimulant and detoxifyer
  • Helichrysum is the only essential oil found to contain these regenerative diketones. It is suitable for wound healing and for scars, resulting either from accidents or cosmetic surgery
  • It is especially effective when combined with Rose Hip Seed oil. The triple unsaturated fatty acids strengthen the cell membranes and, combined with the regenerative qualities of
  • Everlasting, can heal wounds with little or no scarring
  • Helichrysum oil can also very effective for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis for some individuals
  • It is suggested that Helichrysum be immediately applied to a sprained or torn area, as this may prevent severe swelling and bruising
  • This essential oil has a high percentage of anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene hydrocarbons - this compound acts by dissipating free radicals
  • Helichrysum essential oil's other major components include neryl acetate, a monoterpenoid ester with distinct, relaxing effects that can reduce tension of the tissues in the area of the injury
  • The third major component are the regenerative diketones, found in significant quantities only in Helichrysum oil
  • The aroma is thought to uplift the subconscious, and can be used in a diffuser if desired. It is thought to be a releaser of Qi (Chi), unblocking and regulating this essential energy in the body. It may help individuals that are emotionally blocked, dispersing more deeply embedded repression


  • Pregnant women should not use Helicrysum oil
  • Do not apply near your eyes or mucous membranes
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Often blended with Sage oil for reducing the appearance of old scars - use each oil at 3% dilution in Rosehip seed and Hazelnut oils. It is included in many skin care blends with Lavender and Rosemary Verbenone

  • 1ml Helichrysum essential oil in 15ml Rose Hip Seed Oil 15ml Hazelnut oil; for 'old' scars, use 1ml Helichrysum and 1ml Sage essential oil in the same base. Including Sea Buckthorn at a 1% concentration as well, for additional carotenes which are known to support skin healing
  • The 3ml size will make 1 ounce of a 10% dilution - recommended for recovering injuries. Add the 3ml bottle to almost an ounce of any carrier oil (Jojoba or the Hazelnut) in a one-ounce dropper bottle. For further support for inflamation, 1-3% of Blue Tansy may also be used
  • Helichrysum may be of support for peripheral nerve-related conditions. It can be applied in 5-10% dilution to areas of numbness or tingling. It is indicated for use in tinnitus: drop on a cotton ball, placed in the ear while sleeping each night for two weeks) and other forms of hearing loss or damage


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