Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle Essential Oil)
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is such an important essential oil to me particularly for its potent anti-inflammatory benefits. I am looking forward to adding a great deal of introductory text to this profile soon. I also intend to compare Helichrysum italicum Essential Oil to several other Helichyrsums that are lesser known but that are also available.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Fresh, earthy, herbaceous.
Helichrysum Essential Oil Uses
Abscesses, acne, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, irritated skin, wounds, wounds. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-59.]
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[P. Weyerstahl, Isolation and Synthesis of Compounds from the Essential oil of Helichrysum italicum. (In: Bruke, E.J. (Ed.), Progress in Essential Oil Research, De Gruyter, Berlin, 1986), 177-195. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 309.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Helichrysum Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 309.]
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