Helichrysum Essential Oil - Benefits and Usues - Skin & Digestive Health

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The Top 5 Benefits of Helichrysum

The high(ish) price tag on Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil has a reason behind it: Helichrysum is a powerhouse oil and it’s so widely used that it’s now in shorter and shorter supply (7). Actually, true Helichrysum Italicum Oil, also known as Immortelle, is grown only in a few spots around the world and is unsurpassed in its ability to rejuvenate the look of healthy, unblemished skin.

Helichrysum originally comes from the Mediterranean, where this plant has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, especially in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (3).

In the quest to figure out what makes Helichrysum Italicum so useful, there have been many scientific studies conducted in the last several decades. The focus of many of these studies has been to figure out exactly how Helichrysum Essential Oil works as a natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent.

Modern science is helping to confirm what traditional people have known for centuries: Helichrysum Essential Oil contains special properties that make it an excellent antioxidant, an antibacterial, an anti-fungal, and an anti-inflammatory. It contains the major constituents of:

  • a-Pinene
  • Gamma-Curcumene
  • Neryl acetate
  • B-Selinene
  • Italidione I
  • B-Caryophyllene
  • ar-Curcumene
  • Italicene

Because of these useful chemical components, this essential oil can be used in many, many different ways to help boost health (6). Some of its most popular uses are for treating wounds, infections, digestive problems, supporting the nervous system and heart health, and helping with respiratory issues (1).

1. It’s great for your skin’s health.

woman using body sprayOne scientific review found that Helichrysum’s flavonoids and terpene compounds were effective in fighting against dangerous bacteria that can cause issues ranging from minor skin rashes to much more serious problems (4).

Thanks to Helichrysum’s anti-inflammatory properties, people also frequently use this essential oil on scars to discourage inflammation, help aid in healing, and keep skin healthy. This essential oil also has anti-allergenic properties, making it a great natural remedy to help with the irritation that comes with hives (4).

To use Helichrysum Essential Oil for soothing and healing the skin, combine 2-3 drops with one Tbsp carrier oil (like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil) and rub the mixture onto the area of concern. This is great for use on irritated skin, redness, scars, blemishes, rashes, and shaving irritation. And if you have a rash or poison ivy, applying Helichrysum mixed with Lavender Essential Oil can help cool and soothe itching.

2. It helps boost your skincare routine.

Another great way to use Helichrysum Essential Oil is on the skin as a natural way to help keep skin healthy and blemish-free.

Helichrysum makes a great addition to your daily skin routine. The added benefit to this oil is that it works without drying the skin, or causing any other irritating side effects (like the ones by harsh chemical acne treatments or medications).

3. It’s a natural way to help keep your stomach feeling great.

Helichrysum can help stimulate the secretion of gastric juices that are needed to break down food and prevent indigestion. For example: For thousands of years in Turkish folk medicine, the oil has been used as a diuretic, helping to avoid feelings of bloating by helping draw out excess water out of the body, and for relieving stomachaches (3).

The flowers of Helichrysum Italicum is also a traditional remedy for intestinal complaints and have been used historically as a herbal tea for relieving digestive, stomach-related issues.

Scientific research has tested Helichrysum Italicum as a natural remedy for digestive upset and intestinal diseases. Additionally, animal research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology demonstrated Helichrysum’s natural antispasmodic properties, the reason it’s able to help with symptoms of intestinal complaints (2).

4. It helps keeps your kidneys healthy

Helichrysum Essential Oil is often used to help prevent kidney stones and promote kidney health, keeping your kidney’s and liver refreshed and protected.

5. It has immune-boosting properties.

Since the biggest part of the immune system is located in the gut, and Helichrysum Essential Oil can help boost bodily immunity, it makes this essential oil a no-brainer to turn to when keeping your immune system in top shape. Also, in clinical studies, the flavonoids and phloroglucinols of Helichrysum Oil helped stop harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. 

Sources: 

  1. Daniela, R. Formisano, C. Senatore, F. Piacente, S. Pagano, E. Capasso, E. Borrelli, F. Angelo A. (2013) Intestinal antispasmodic effects of Helichrysum italicum (Roth) Don ssp. italicum and chemical identification of the active ingredients. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
  2. Martinez-de Oliveira, J. (2014) Helichrysum italicum: from traditional use to scientific data. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
  3. Nostro A, Bisignano G, Angela Cannatelli M, Crisafi G, Paola Germanò M, Alonzo V. (2001) Effects of Helichrysum italicum extract on growth and enzymatic activity of Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
  4. Robbins, W. (2018) Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle Essential Oil). AromaWeb.
  5. Tisserand, R. (1995) Essential Oil Safety.
  6. Tisserand, R. (2014) Robert Tisserand Interviewed on Ingestion, Dilution and Other Safety Issues. Robert Tisserand.

127 thoughts on “The Top 5 Benefits of Helichrysum”

    1. Besides helping curb appetites, I don’t really know of any true research that suggests this.

  1. This oil has been wonderful!!! I can’t say that enough. I’ve mixed it with Calm Muscle, from a brand I already had before I switched to Plant Therapy, and I also add two drops of Roman chamomile, and my knee pain has totally stopped. I made the same mix for my co workers pulled muscle in her back and she said it worked better than any store bought roll on pain reliever she’s ever used. I will be keeping this gem in my collection for sure.

  2. Can this oil (Helichrysum) be ingested to help gut health? If so, in a capsule or in liquid (water)? Can this be used on cats, if so, what dilution (how many drops to how much carrier oil)?

    1. Lisa, we do not recommend ingesting Helichrysum. Instead, dilute it in a carrier oil to 3-5% and apply to your abdomen in a clockwise manner to help with stomach issues. Also, we strongly discourage the use of essential oils on cats; please reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] if you need more information 🙂

  3. Wow. I have seen this oil in many oil blends I have been using lately. Can’t wait to add it to my next oil and try it out.

    1. Jessica, yes; Helichrysum has excellent regenerative properties. Another great choice for this issue would be Frankincense Frereana 🙂

  4. My dad is 66 and had kidney stones regularly for all of his adult life. Hes changed his diet and done everything the doctors have suggested and then some but continues to get them regularly. After reading this I’m hoping I can convince him to try this. I had no idea just how amazing and versatile this oil is!

  5. I love the idea that this helps keep your immune system in check. There are so many different virus’ out there and this type of stuff seems so natural and easy to use. I would rather be natural rather than always using an antibiotic.

  6. I have helichrysum and I only use it for my daughter’s scars and bruises. I never thought it would have all these other benefits. I love Plant Therapy!

  7. Maybe Santa will bring me the set of rare oils I’ve been bugging for!?!? Either way Helichrysum is next on my Must Get List!! So I’m crossing my fingers it or even better a set with it, shows up in their 25 Days of Christmas!!

  8. I went crazy popping pimples, and now have 3 acne scars. I usually scar easily and heal slowly, so for the past 4 days I’ve applied helichrysm to my face lotion and have noticed it SO MUCH SOFTER!! I can feel it healing too-it was rough on the first day, but my skin is soft and smooth. I’m excited to see how it’ll look in a week or 2 and hopefully get rid of the stupid scar

  9. Helichrysum has been on my personal wish list for a while, now. I get why it costs so much but can’t afford it right now. I think I’ll be getting the hydrosol soon. I can’t wait try it out, especially for my acne-prone skin.

    1. Wait and see for the sales! The 25 days of Christmas are friggin awesome-i bought heli last year because of the sale and savings. It’s worth it for sure. I also have the hydrofoil and have noticed a difference in my skin whenever i have bumps/bites/rashes.

  10. Bought this literally the day before it became the spotlight oil. Could have saved $ if I had just procrastinated! But it has been a nice addition to my moisturizer this winter.

  11. Hi,
    I wanted to make a face serum with Helichrysum and rosehip for my pigmentations. Do you have a recipe to share.? I m 57 yrs old and live in Singapore….hot and humid weather .

  12. Thank you so much for the information. Never knew it can be used for digestive isues and support immune system. Thanks again.

  13. Regarding the benefits of Helichrysum on digestive issues and immune system, how do you use it? I know it is ill advised to take any E.O. orally. Please advise.

  14. Helichrysum has been a life-saver for our family many times! This oil has stopped my child’s severe nose bleeds in their tracks! We mix it with our daily moisturizer for extra skin nourishment.

  15. I keep wanting to order this, but keep changing my mind. I need to just bite the bullet, I can tell it’ll be worth every penny! And it seems like there isn’t much to compare to it, it’s its own powerhouse!

  16. Heli is an awesome oil. I use it in my facial serums and my skin has never looked better. I find it also very helpful to reduce the duration and severity of bruises. I will never be without this oil and am sad that the supply is being shortened. I think I would continue to purchase it though regardless of the price as it is that good. Thank you for the other uses mentioned above. I will have to research further to see about how to use if for kidney and liver health.

  17. I read in the blog post that Helichrysum is helpful for intestinal and digestive issues. It didn’t say how to use it for that, though. Would you just dilute it in a carrier oil and massage over the abdominal area?

  18. I used heli with pure aloe vera gel and lavender to treat my breast throughout radiation treatments for breast cancer. The radiologist and x-ray techs were very impressed with how well my skin handled all the radiation.

  19. The use of Helichrysum for gut health sounds intriguing. I’d be interested in learning exactly how to use it for this benefit.

    1. Tammy, apply Helichrysum topically after diluting to 3-5%. You can massage it right onto the kidney or liver area for the body to absorb all of the amazing therapeutic properties 🙂

  20. How do you use this oil to help with digestion and gut health and reducing bacteria and viruses?Do you take it internally or apply topically?

    1. Alie, Plant Therapy never recommends ingestion of essential oils. Instead, mix Helichrysum with a carrier oil or lotion at 3-5% and apply topically.

  21. I’m interested in this oil for skin health and was curious…Can I add this to an unscented “purchased” anti-aging facial moisturizer to get the benefits of both?

    1. You can try to add Helichrysum to your anti-aging facial moisturizer, but keep in mind that all of the ingredients in that moisturizer may affect the way the essential oil is working for you. I would recommend trying Heli in a carrier oil or unscented all natural lotion first, to see how your skin reacts to it. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, so it’s up to you to decide how you would like to use Helichrysum.

    1. Jessica, I am curious as to how you use the Helychrisum for tinitus. My husband also has Meniere’s Disease and has been to a Dr. at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His is not severe enough for surgery, so we would like to take a natural approach for now.

    1. Shannon, dilute Helichrysum to 3-5% in a carrier oil and massage on your stomach in a clockwise motion. So, to make it easy when you need some tummy relief FAST, try about 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil in your hand, then drop in 9 drops, mix it together, and rub on your stomach! That makes a 3% dilution. For a 5%, add 15 drops of Helichrysum. 🙂

    1. Aundrea, we do not recommend ingestion of essential oils. Helichrysum can be diluted in a carrier oil or lotion and rubbed topically on your abdomen to help with digest issues 🙂

  22. I am wondering on oils said to boost the immune system, could they have a reverse affect with someone who has autoimmune issues or would they still be good to use?

  23. Mine just arrived yesterday, I’m planning to use it for wrinkles around the eye area. Is it safe to use there? And what would be the best oil to dilute it with? Thanks!

    1. Joanna, we don’t recommend putting any essential oils near the eye – for safety reasons! However, for the particular concern of wrinkles around the eye area, our carrier oil blend Younger Glo would be perfect for you! But be careful – once you try Younger Glo you might get addicted! It’s pretty great 🙂

  24. Can you please provide the directions on how to use the oil for the other issues like upset stomach, immune booster, and kidney health.

  25. I was trying really hard not to buy this. I have so many wonderful PT oils already, but after reading this I might have to get it while it’s on spotlight. Thank you.

    1. Maureen, blend Helichrysum with your favorite carrier oil (3-5% dilution) and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise motion 🙂

    1. Mary, due to Helichrysum’s healing and cell renewal properties, it’s likely to have a positive effect on symptoms of eczema 🙂

  26. The article didn’t say how to use it for digestive issues. Do you take it internally in a capsule? Or add to a beverage? How many drops? Or rub it on the abdomen externally?

    1. Dilute Helichrysum to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and rub on the abdomen externally 🙂 Plant Therapy does not recommend the ingestion of essential oils.

    1. Angie, dilute Helichrysum to 3-5% in a carrier oil and apply topically. We do not recommend ingestion of essential oils 🙂

    1. Great question, Rebecca! Plant Therapy does not recommend ingestion of essential oils. Instead, dilute to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil and massage onto your stomach for issues in that area. For immune-boosting support, you can rub it onto your chest, back of the neck, or tops of the feet 🙂

    1. Rachel, the hydrosol is much different than the essential oil, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful! The hydrosol is great for irritated skin and has calming properties, just like the essential oil! The hydrosol is just a very, very gentle product that can be used at 100% strength without concern! Hope you love it!

  27. Hello, thank you for this post about helichrysum. Can you also share how it should be used/applied for indigestion, kidney health, and to boost our immune systems? These are three concerns that I would like to use this oil for! Thanks!

  28. I use helichrysum in my face blend and it is phenomenal! I also love it for burns, cuts, scrapes, etc. Very healing and soothing. This is one oil i will never be without! 🙂

    1. Please let me know what you did for your eczema. I have suffered for almost 10 years now and nothing works so far. It is on the bottoms of both of my feet. I just bought the helichrysm and would love to try.

    1. Liz, just dilute Helichrysum to 3-5% in a carrier oil and apply topically! For digestion, massage it onto your stomach; for immune support, try the tops of your feet, chest, or back of the neck.

    1. Kristen, Helichrysum’s properties may help the body reduce kidney stone development if applied topically (3-5%) in a carrier oil directly to the kidney area; inhalation also works to get the benefits of Helichrysum into your bloodstream 🙂

  29. I finally took the heli plunge and took advantage of the discount with it being oil of the week. Cannot wait to receive and begin taking advantage of the health benefits.

  30. When using it for digestive or gut health for boosting immune system, how do you use it? In a carrier oil and apply to abdomen??

  31. I just ordered for the first time and this oil was one of my oils ordered. I thought someone posted before that you would get a product sheet with every oil on what to use them for and how to dilute them. Didn’t get any with my order. Was a little disappointed about that. Still new to essential oils and was excited because that would help me a lot .

    1. Beate, whenever we send out oils to members of our Oil of the Month Club, they do come with a product sheet that includes that oil’s information and usage. We are still in the process of making product sheets for each of our single oils and blends, so it is not something we offer in every shipment. However, there IS a product brochure for Helichrysum on the product’s page online — it is listed under the “product details” and highlighted in green: https://www.planttherapy.com/helichrysum-italicum-essential-oil-plant-therapy?v=1927

    1. Topically on the kidney area (3-5% dilution), or by inhalation. Helichrysum can support the process of reducing kidney stones by aiding in the body’s overall detoxification processes 🙂

  32. Helix has been on my wish list for sometime. It comes up as a go to for so many ailments and now learning that it helps with kidney stones I will be purchasing this and passing on some to my daughter for her kidney stones to assist with her current treatment. Thank you for the great information.

    1. You can apply it topically after diluting it to 3-5% to the kidney area. Inhalation is also a great choice. Hope that helps!

      1. I was looking at this whole blog to see how to use this oil for kidney stones! Thank you , I’m gonna try it starting now!

  33. Thx. You only gave directions for using it to soothe the skin, but not for the other uses mentioned. Can you share the recipes for the other uses mentioned in this article?.

    1. Anna, dilute Helichrysum to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply topically to the areas of concern. Hope that helps!

    1. That’s great to hear, Haley! Helichrysum is such a wonderful must-have essential oil for all kinds of issues. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I like the “high(ish)” part… if I can dish out money for the flower (rose, jasmine, etc.) essential oil set, then I can do the same for this. I’ll be back with an update on how this worked on my blemish prone skin.

    1. That’s great to hear, Terri! I hope Helichrysum offers some good skin relief! Also, as a blemish-prone skin sufferer myself, I recommend diluting the Helichrysum in Jojoba carrier oil. Tea Tree Hydrosol is another great option to help soothe skin. Just a little on a cotton pad, wipe over the face, and you’ll feel so refreshed!

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