Also known as Immortelle and Everlasting, helichrysum has come a long way as far as recognition goes. It’s still quite an uncommon oil, and still very expensive too, but I feel that it’s worth mentioning the benefits- and best ways to use this precious commodity.
Botanical Name: Helichrysum italicum
One of my favourite ways to use this oil is for emotional grounding. This oil is nurturing and comforting emotionally. To use it in a massage oil blend is absolute heaven. It goes especially well with other oils like grapefruit. Helichrysum is also widely known as a healing oil for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. I’ve used it many times on clients with this problem, with very good success. Even at a 3% dilution rate, it’s very effective. It can also be used for scars, and damaged (especially sun damaged) skin, as well as mature and aging skin.
Side note: helichrysum is a relative of the curry plant.
Helichrysum is also helpful for dealing with allergies, bruising and healing of injuries (including emotional trauma).
Blending with helichrysum
This oil is a base note, making it a good anchor oil for an essential oil blend. It blends well with:
Chemistry of helichrysum
Helichrysum is naturally high in sesquiterpene and esters
Esters in essential oils are noted for their calming, harmonizing and adaptive properties. Sesquiterpenes are typically useful for pain relief and tissue repair. It also has restorative qualities, making it equally useful for stressful and traumatic experiences.
Ways to use helichrysum
Due to the (very high) cost of this oil I recommend using it diluted in some form:
- massage or body oil blend
- facial oil
- infused herbal oil if you can get the plant matter
Nature Notes products that contain helichrysum
Nature Notes has 2 formulations using helichrysum available in a body oil/serum, and a body lotion. These can be applied individually, or layered.