Healing with Helichrysum Essential Oil

Benefits of this aromatherapy oil, sourced from a plant in the sunflower family

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Helichrysum essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from a plant in the sunflower family, helichrysum essential oil is touted for its healing effects. 

Helichrysum essential oil is sometimes referred to as "immortelle." 

Why Do People Use Helichrysum Essential Oil?

When used in aromatherapy, helichrysum essential oil is said to fight conditions ranging from allergies and arthritis to eczema and anxiety.

In addition, helichrysum is said to reduce inflammation, promote the healing of wounds and burns, stimulate digestion, promote detox, boost the immune system, reverse signs of aging in the skin, and fight fungal infections.

Does Helichrysum Essential Oil Really Offer Benefits?

Despite its long history of use, helichrysum essential oil has been tested in very few scientific studies. However, there's some evidence that helichrysum essential oil may offer some benefits.

For instance, a 2012 study published in Natural Product Communications found that helichrysum essential oil may possess antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, due to the lack of clinical trials testing the effects of helichrysum essential oil, it's too soon to recommend this oil in the treatment of bacterial or fungal infections.

In a small pilot study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2013, researchers determined that a mixture of peppermint, basil, and helichrysum essential oils was more effective than a placebo at reducing the perceived level of mental fatigue and burnout.

How Is the Oil Typically Used?

When a very small amount is combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado oil), helichrysum essential oil can be applied to the skin or added to baths.

Helichrysum essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a drop of the oil onto a cloth or tissue (or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer).

According to aromatherapists, helichrysum essential oil blends well with a number of other essential oils like bergamot, chamomile, lavender, rose, and tea tree oils.

Helichrysum essential oil should not be taken internally.

In addition to helichrysum, several other types of essential oils have been found to offer certain health benefits. For example, lavender essential oil may help reduce anxiety and relieve insomnia, while rose essential oil may ease menstrual cramps and reduce stress. In addition, both orange essential oil and lemon essential oil may help enhance mood.

Possible Side Effects

Although there are no known safety concerns or side effects associated with the occasional aromatherapeutic use of helichrysum essential oil, it's crucial to note that helichrysum essential oil can be toxic when used internally or in excessive amounts.

Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil before being used topically. When using essential oils, there is always the risk of contact sensitivity.

A skin patch test is recommended prior to using any new essential oil.

Pregnant women and children should consult their primary health care provider prior to using essential oils.

If you're considering using helichrysum essential oil, talk with your doctor first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Where To Find Helichrysum Essential Oil

Widely available for purchase online, helichrysum essential oil is sold in many natural-foods stores and in stores specializing in self-care products.


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.

Varney E, Buckle J. Effect of inhaled essential oils on mental exhaustion and moderate burnout: a small pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jan;19(1):69-71. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0089. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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