Helichrysum Essential Oil
Latin name Helichrysum angustifolium, H. italicum, H. orientale – Family species Asteraceae (Compositae)
Helichrysum is also referred to as Italian Everlasting, Everlasting, Immortelle, and St. John’s Herb. There are approximately 500 species of Helichrysum, however few are used for essential oil.
For an easy do-it-yourself manual microdermabrasion recipe, Stephanie Tourles in Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self suggests mixing together 2 drops of helichrysum essential oil with a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoons water and applying to face, neck, and décolleté with very small, gentle circular motions. Rinse.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Pale yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Fruity, fresh, strong, honey-like, straw / tea like undertone
Perfume Aroma – Base note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Herb
Part Used – Flowers
Countries of Origin – France, Corsica, Hungary, Italy, Spain
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
neryl acetate, nerol, geraniol, linalol, pinene, isovaleric aldehyde, sesquiterpenes, furfurol, eugenol
Applications and Uses
Used in aromatherapy and found in perfumery and pharmaceutical products.
Helichrysum blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
Helichrysum oil should not be used in pregnancy, when nursing, or on children under 12 years of age.
Resources recommend to use sparingly if at all.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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