It’s heartbreaking to see your kids come home crying because of some bumps and bruises they got from playing outside. Instead of holding them back from playing outside and frolicking in the sun, just keep helichrysum essential oil on hand.
What Is Helichrysum Oil?
There are over 600 species of helichrysum. However, the most commonly used for helichrysum essential oil is Helichrysum italicum. It’s native to the Mediterranean area and Asia, and it’s harvested mostly in Italy, the Balkans, Spain, and France.1
The name “helichrysum” originates from a Greek word “helios,” which means sun, and “chrysos,” which means gold, referring to the flower’s color.2 Helichrysum belongs to sunflower (asteraceae) family; hence the resemblance.
Helichrysum oil is also known by other names such as “Immortelle” and “everlasting.” Considered to be a very expensive and scarcely available essential oil, the shelf life of helichrysum oil compensates for its costly price as it can be stored for a very long time.3
The essential oil has a distinct and intense scent. It has a rich, fruit-like odor with honey undertones. The color ranges from yellow to red with a watery viscosity.4
Uses of Helichrysum Oil
Historically, the plant was widely used in Eastern, Western, and Southern African culture.
Different tribes in Africa have used helichrysum mostly for medicinal purposes like healing wounds and treating fever, chest complaints, sores, and coughs, to name a few. The leaves of the plant were also burned and used for incense.5
Helichrysum oil is used primarily for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. It helps your skin stay soft, smooth, and moisturized, and prevents it from being dehydrated and cracking.6
This essential oil is also used for medicinal purposes as it has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-allergenic properties.
Composition of Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum essential oil is made up of 21.7 percent pinene, 10.4 percent curcumene, and 8 percent italidiones.7
Benefits of Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum essential oil boasts many remarkable health benefits. It can help keep your liver, spleen, internal organs, and nervous system up and running by making sure that they’re in tip-top shape. Moreover, it promotes cell health by encouraging the recycling of dead cells and stimulating production of new ones. It may also help:
Relieve spasms and coughs
Clear blood clots by liquefying/thinning them
Fight and lessen frequency of fevers
Promote faster healing of wounds
Provide warmth to respiratory system
Promote discharge of bile and neutralize acids to promote digestion, cure acidity, and decrease symptoms of acidosis
How to Make Helichrysum Oil
High-quality helichrysum oil is obtained from the flower tops of the herb through steam distillation within 24 hours of harvesting. The younger plants yield greater quantities of essential oil.8
How Does Helichrysum Oil Work?
You have three options to choose from when you want to use helichrysum oil:
Aromatically: open the bottle and give it a whiff or put three to four drops into a diffuser or into your steam bath9,10
Topically: mix with carrier oils like coconut or olive oil and use as a massage oil, or add to a cream or lotion11
Internally: dilute one drop of the oil in four ounces of liquid
Is Helichrysum Oil Safe?
Helichrysum oil is safe to use for most people. But if you have sensitivity to ketones, it’s best to avoid it while you can. The same goes for people who have recently undergone surgery or are prone to internal hemorrhages, as the oil is an anticoagulant.
Unlike other essential oils, as mentioned earlier, this essential oil can be taken internally, given that it’s diluted.
This also applies to children over age 6 and pregnant women, however, the dosage must be precisely complied with to ensure that no harmful side effects will occur.12 Children under 6 are still prohibited from drinking this oil.
Before using this essential oil orally, make sure to consult with your physician first. I recommend taking an allergen patch test as well.
Side Effects of Helichrysum Oil
There are no known side effects of helichrysum oil, but contact with sensitive areas like the eyes and inner ears is a no-no since it can cause skin irritation.