22 Benefits of Helichrysum

January 31st, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, BCTN, CN, CH, HHP

22 Benefits of Helichrysum

Helichrysum essential oil, also known as, Helichrysum angustifolium or Helichrysum italicum is often referred to as the “everlasting” or “immortal” oil because of the length of its shelf-life. While the cost of Helichrysum can hit the pocketbook pretty hard, compared to other essential oils, most other essential oils have a much shorter shelf-life. These 22 benefits of helichrysum show how important Helichrysum can be in natural healing and wellness.

The name “helichrysum” comes from the Greek word “helisso,” meaning, “to turn around,” and the word “chrysos,” which means “gold.” In historical times, the flowers of the plant were dried and offered to the Greek Gods. In aromatherapy, helichrysum is believed to open the heart and to help soothe past emotional wounds, and aid in dealing with depression, stress, and mental exhaustion. The scent of Helichrysum is also believed to help one feel secure and safe.

22 Benefits of Helichrysum

  • antispasmodic
  • anticoagulant
  • anti-allergenic
  • antimicrobial
  • relieves arthritis pain
  • supports nervous system
  • anti-inflammatory
  • relieves coughs
  • helps wounds, cuts & scars disappear fast
  • expectorant
  • reduces fever
  • antiseptic
  • helps neutralize acids
  • promotes good digestion
  • supports blood pressure
  • promotes thinning of excess mucus
  • fungicidal
  • supports healthy liver function
  • acts as a natural diuretic
  • supports a healthy spleen
  • promotes cell health
  • prevents dehydration of the skin

health benefits of helichrysum

Rejuvenating Facial Serum DIY

Facial Oils nourish the skin at a deep cellular level. The recipe below is for a rich & healing facial oil ideal for mature, dry, or damaged skin. Ingredients have been shown to help prevent wrinkles, scars & stretch marks.


1/2 oz organic Rosehip Seed oil
1/4 oz organic Jojoba oil
1/4 oz organic Pomegranate Seed oil
5-10 drops Vitamin E Oil (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols)
10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
3 drops organic Helichrysum essential oil
2 drops organic Carrot Seed essential oil

Drop essential oils, Vitamin E Oil, and Rosehip Seed oil into a 1 oz glass bottle and roll bottle between your palms to evenly mix the oils. Top with other oils and roll again. Use daily for best results.

Recipe from http://mountainroseblog.com/category/recipes/page/3/


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Sala A, Recio M, Giner RM, Máñez S, Tournier H, Schinella G, Ríos JL. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Helichrysum italicum  The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 2002.

Effects of Helichrysum italicum extract on growth and enzymatic activity of Staphylococcus aureus Nostro A, Bisignano G, Angela Cannatelli M, Crisafi G, Paola Germanò M, Alonzo V. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 2001.

Meyer JJM, Dilika F (1996) Antibacterial activity of Helichrysum pedunculatum used in circumcision rites. J Ethnopharmacol 53: 51-54.

Lawless, Julia 1995 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils UK: Element.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Antibacterial activity of Helichrysum aureonitens (Asteraceae). J.J. M. Meyer & A. J. Afolayan. Botany Department, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. Volume 47, Issue 2, 7 July 1995, Pages 109-111 (doi:10.1016/0378-8741(95)01261-B) [PMID: 7500636].

The Department of Botany, University of Pretoria in South Africa has found that Helichrysum aureonitens demonstrates antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in vitro. [PMID: 8733118] Another study from the Department of Botany at the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg found that it was useful for the treatment of headache or inflammatory diseases, due to its high inhibitory activity. (DOI: 10.1007/s11101-004-5570-7) Studies show that it is also an effective antibacterial agent against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Jan 10;151(1):54-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Nov 14.Helichrysum italicum: from traditional use to scientific data.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Dec 12;150(3):901-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.09.034. Epub 2013 Oct 16.Intestinal antispasmodic effects of Helichrysum italicum (Roth) Don ssp. italicum and chemical identification of the active ingredients.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Aug 26;149(1):103-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.06.006. Epub 2013 Jun 11.Exploration of the wound healing potential of Helichrysum graveolens (Bieb.) Sweet: isolation of apigenin as an active component.

Oji KA, Shafaghat A. “Constituents and antimicrobial activity of the essential oils from flower, leaf and stem of Helichrysum armenium.” Nat Prod Commun. 2012 May;7(5):671-4.

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner, Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 20-year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is a Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skincare products Oasis Serene Botanicals.
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