Helichrysum oil is expensive so why do we love it so much? Because it is THE best oil for healing, which makes it worth every penny spent on it. Distilled from the daisy like flower of the evergreen plant, this oil has a strong, aromatic sweet scent with medicinal undertones. Breathe it in deep. Let it smooth out the lines in your forehead.
There a couple of different Helichrysum oils that are more commonly sold — Helichrysum gymnocephalum and Helichrysum italicum. In general, they can be interchanged. The following are the differences:
- Gymnocephelum: Good for pain, bruising, and inflammation. Not as good for open wounds.
- Italicum: Does the above as well as wound healing and nerve regeneration. This one is best for major injuries or healing up quicker.
Aromatic influences: Uplifting and enhances the subconscious. When we lock up inside, get angry and don’t want to forgive trespasses, we create barriers that keep us from going forward in our lives. Protective, warming, and uplifting. Brings a feeling of deep peace and spiritual connection. Opens the heart to love and helps heal emotional wounds.
Combines well with:
Lavender, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Geranium, Rose Geranium, Clove Bud, Clary Sage
- Also known as Immortelle and Everlast
- Helichrysum Italicum is good for nerves.
- Diffuse 2 drops Helichrysum and 4 drops Myrrh to ease mucusy coughs. (7)
- Long tradition of therapeutic use, in particular to help chronic immune complaints, and headaches and skin problems. (7)
- Relaxing. Helps you reduce stress.
- Relieves aches and pains, and menstrual discomfort.
- Helichrysum Italicum is a great oil for healing open wounds and surgical scars. Apply 1-2 drops to scars twice each day until healed.
- Works best when it’s mixed with other oils, which is good since it is a pretty expensive oil.
- Has some of the strongest anti-inflammatory properties so it works great for sore muscles and arthritic joints (recipe below).
- Increase muscle endurance.
- Non-toxic, non-irritant, can be used on nearly all skin types.
- Blend 1 drop Helichrysum with 3 drops Red Mandarin with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil and use as a moisturizer for dry skin.
- Stimulates the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and kidneys which makes it a good detoxifying oil.
- Has anticoagulant properties so it works great when treating bruises. (Recipe below). Can add 1-2 drops to a cold compress to treat a bruise.
- Is a great skin oil. Helps rejuvenate skin and encourages new cell growth.
- Play with it. It’ll make you feel better.
Here are a few recipes involving Helichrysum oil. To check for more, you can click on Helichrysum italicum and/or Helichrysum gymnocephalum in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning them.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
- 8 drops German Chamomile
- 5 drops Birch Bark or Wintergreen
- 3 drops Helichrysum italicum
- 2 drops Lemon
- 1 tablespoon Tamanu oil
- 1 tablespoon Rosehip Seed oil
Add all ingredients to a dark colored, glass bottle. Seal tightly and shake well for 2 minutes to blend. Label and place in a dark, cool location for 24 hours so the oils can synergize. Shake well before every use. Gently massage a few drops into newly bruised area that is exhibiting pain, heat, discoloration, and inflammation. Follow with an ice-cold compress or ice pack for 10-15 minutes. Do 3 or 4 times a day for the first 2 days, until swelling subsides. Continue until bruise heals, especially if the trauma was severe. Discard after 1 year. (10)
- 7 drops Carrot Seed
- 7 drops Helichrysum gymnocephalum
- 6 drops Calendula
- 1 teaspoon Rose Hip Seed base oil
- 1 teaspoon Tamanu base oil
- 1 teaspoon Macadamia Nut base oil
- 1 tablespoon Apricot Kernel base oil
Add all ingredients to a dark colored, glass bottle. Seal and shake vigorously for 2 minutes. Set bottle in a dark, cool cabinet for 24 hours so oils can synergize. Morning and evening after cleansing, apply the appropriate toner, astringent, or hydrosol. While skin is still very damp, apply 3-5 drops of elixer into your skin, beginning with throat, then face, moving upward and outward. Wait 5 minutes before applying sunscreen, additional moisturizer or make-up. Discard after 6 months. (11)
Ease Frustration and Anger
- 2 drops Helichrysum italicum
- 2 drops Rose
- 6 drops Sandalwood
- 1 tablespoon Carrier oil
Massage blend into shoulders and neck as needed. (7)
Soothe Deep Emotional Stress
- 2 drops Helichrysum gymnocephalum
- 2 drops Rose
- 1 teaspoon Jojoba
Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1/2 cup epsom salts and add to bath. (7)
Repair Damaged Skin Formula
- 2 drops Helichrysum italicum
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
- 4 drops Frankincense
- 1 tablespoon Shea Butter
Apply to affected areas daily. For skin damaged by Psoriasis, Eczema, or Ulceration.
Last of all
The Helichrysum oils are really quite amazing. How do you like to use them? What is your favorite thing to do with them? Please share in the comment section at the bottom of the page so that everyone else can learn from you.
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