Essential Oil of the Month – Helichrysum

straw flower or everlasting isolated on white background .

Latin Name: Helichrysum Italicum

Family: Asteracceae

Growing up to 60 centimetres tall, this aromatic herb has brightly coloured, daisy-like flowers that remain colourful when dried, hence its more common names ‘everlasting’ and ‘immortelle’. Native to the Mediterranean regions, especially East and North Africa, Helichrysum is now widely cultivated in Italy, Spain, France and Eastern Europe.

The oil, which has a base keynote, is usually extracted from the fresh flowers and flowering tops by steam distillation, although an absolute can be obtained by solvent extraction. It is yellow to red in colour and has a powerful, rich, honey-like aroma and delicate tea-like undertone.

Key Constituents:

Nerol and Neryl Acetate (30-50%), Geraniol, Pinene, Isovaleric Aldehyde, Linalol, Furfural, Euganol, Sesquiterpenes.

Body systems affected:

Digestive, Immune, Nervous, Respiratory, Structural and Skin.

Main therapeutic properties:

Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrissant, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, nervine.

Main therapeutic use:

Abscesses, acne, allergic conditions, asthma, bacterial infections, boils, bronchitis, burns, chronic coughs, colds, cuts, debility, depression, dermatitis, eczema, fever, flu, inflammation, lethargy, liver congestion, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, rheumatism, spleen congestion, spots, sprains, strained muscles, stress related conditions, whooping cough, wounds.

Blends with:

Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, Clove and Citrus Oils.

Safety data:

Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising.

Other Information:

Helichrysum is used as a fixative and fragrance in cosmetics, perfumes and soaps, and the Absolute is used to flavour certain tobaccos. The herb is often used in Europe as an infusion or decoction for respiratory complaints. As the flowers maintain their odour when dried, Helichrysum is very popular in floristry.

Helichrysum Blend Suggestions

For healing old emotional wounds
Add 2 drops of Helichrysum and 2 of Rose to a bath; and relax.

To help aid recovery from an illness and restore immune system
Add 2 drops Helichrysum to 4 of Ravensara and 4 of Lemon in a vapouriser and inhale.

For acne prone skin
Add 2 drops of Helichrysum to 2 drops of Lavender in a light base oil and apply to the skin daily.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.