Helichrysum italicum essential oil

Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae – daisy family)

Latin Binomial: Helichrysum italicum

Synonyms: Helichrysum angustifolium

Other Species: Helichrysum bracteiferum, Helichrysum gymnocephalum

Common Names: Everlasting, immortelle, curry plant, Elicriso, St. John’s Herb (different from St. John’s Wort)

Source of Extraction:

Helichrysum italicum essential oil is extracted through steam distillation of the flowers and flower tops. An absolute (and concrete) is also derived from the plant through solvent extraction.

Type: An essential oil and absolute is extracted from the plant.

Substitute Essential Oils: Possible substitutes of helichrysum italicum essential oil includes frankincense, cistus, and cypress

Aroma Intensity: Medium

Perfumery Note: Heart to Base (Medium-Base)

Aroma Description: Sweet, honey-like aroma. Helichrysum italicum essential oil wears a woody-earthy richness. It’s also warm and dry, with a floral, tea-like fragrance.

Ideal Blends: Helichrysum italicum essential oil blends well with German and Roman Chamomile, lavender, bergamot, clary sage, mimosa, geranium, vetiver, ylang-ylang, cypress, frankincense, clove, Peru balsam, sweet orange, grapefruit.

Reported Therapeutic Properties/Benefits of Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil

  • Mental exhaustion & slight burnout
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Effective in killing some bacteria and fungi, namely Candida albicans
  • Strong potential as a wound healing and bruising agent (especially the absolute)
  • May aid skin regeneration in scars after surgery
  • Possibly antiaging
  • May contain antioxidant properties
  • Toxic against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus larvae)
  • Exhibits insect repellent action against the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes Aegypti).
  • May provide relief in those with contact dermatitis, especially as a study showed that it inhibited “contact dermatitis in different animal models” (Sala, 2001; Ríoset al., 2005).

Activities of Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil:

Helichrysum italicum essential oil is said to be:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial (antifungal & anti-bacterial)
  • Antioxidant
  • Fungicidal
  • Skin regenerator (collagen stimulant)
  • Dermal restorative

Key Chemical Compounds of Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil

Major chemical compounds found in helichrysum italicum essential oil includes nerol, neryl acetate, αCedrene, Geranyl acetate, α-Curcumene, Limonene, α-Pinene, geraniol

Associated Hazard: No known hazard associated with helichrysum italicum essential oil. The oil is said to be non-irritating and non-toxic. In fact, research suggests that helichrysum italicum essential oil is well-tolerated, even after extensive use.

Topical Maximum Use: Helichrysum italicum essential oil did not show genotoxic reaction when used up to 0.3% (Idaomar et al., 2002). Tisserand & Young suggest using the essential oil at a dermal maximum of 0.5% (Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals)

Safety Notes: There’s not enough research to suggests that helichrysum italicum essential oil cannot be used in individuals with certain comorbidities or may interact with certain drugs.



















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