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.]
Helichrysum Essential Oil Safety Information
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.]
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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