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BOTANICAL NAME Helichrysum italicum

Leaves & flowers

Steam distilled

Middle to base

Pale yellow
Warm, earthy, slightly sweet

The name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “chrysos” meaning gold, referring to the color of many of the flowers of species in this genus.
The Helichrysum flower was well known in ancient Greece for its beauty, as well as its medicinal properties. The flowers were braided in decorative crowns worn to celebrate the Greek god Apollo, who was tasked with arching the sun across the sky in his gilded chariot. However, the notoriety of helichrysum extends much farther in history, making an appearance in Homer’s The Odyssey as an ‘elixir of youth.’ The plant’s common name is Immortelle, French for “immortal” or “everlasting.”

Common Uses

A powerful anti-inflammatory with fragrant notes of honey, tea, and earth, helichrysum essential oil is a highly-valued perfumery ingredient as well as treatment for symptoms of pain and inflammation. Helichrysum italicum oil also contains italidiones, constituents that are not found in any other essential oil. They are thought to be potent aids in stimulating tissue regeneration, one of the reasons you’ll frequently find Helichrysum in scar-reduction and wound healing formulas.

  • Skin Health – Some consider helichrysum oil to be a Fountain of Youth, as one of the biggest benefits is its ability to slow and even reverse signs of aging. Helichrysum oil works through high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help repair and restore cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots while reviving dull skin.
  • Pain & Inflammation – While over-the-counter pills are a common way to get rid of pain, they can also be dangerous to your liver and other parts of your body. Helichrysum essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritating. It can be applied to the skin without being diluted and many find the oil reduces pain fairly quickly. It works for virtually all pain in the muscular-skeletal system: Muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. All kinds of back pain and neck pain can be helped, as are traumatic injuries such as bruises, sprains and strains. Helichrysum is excellent to have around the house of sports enthusiasts
  • Heart Health – According to a study done by the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Durban, the observed cardiovascular effects of using helichrysum oil support the basis for its possible use in the management of high blood pressure and the protection of heart health — just like it’s been traditionally used for many years in European folkloric medicine.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.