21 Amazing Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil

The health benefits of helichrysum essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antispasmodic, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-hematoma, antiphlogistic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizant, and an expectorant. It also acts as a febrifuge, antiseptic, cholagogic, emollient, mucolytic, fungicidal, hepatic, diuretic, splenic, and a cytophylactic substance.

Helichrysum, the flower that contributes to the “everlasting” and “immortal” essential oil, and known by the names Helichrysum angustifolium and Helichrysum italicum, is a European herb native to France, Italy, and a few neighboring countries. It is a very costly oil and scarcely available, but unlike other essential oils which have a short shelf life, this oil can be stored for a very long time.

Health Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil

This essential oil has a wide range of remarkable medicinal properties. Some of the most notable are listed below.

Treats Spasms

A spasm is an unwanted, unbalanced, or excessive contraction in the body. It may occur in the respiratory tract, lungs, muscles, nerves or intestines and may result in severe coughs, breathlessness, cramps, convulsions, and severe abdominal pains. In extreme cases, spasms can even be fatal. Therefore, it is always advisable to treat it immediately. helichrysum essential oil is ideal for helping these types of conditions. It is an antispasmodic and can give you quick relief in case a spasm begins, and it can also work as a preventative agent if inhaled regularly.

Curbs Hemorrhaging

This is a very important and life-saving feature of helichrysum essential oil. It may be somewhat difficult to believe for those who think that only a hemostatic or styptic can help as they can curb hemorrhaging. However, as an anticoagulant, helichrysum essential oil can be a blessing for those who run the risk of heart attacks due to the thickening of blood because of a high cholesterol content. It can immediately provide relief in such cases by liquefying or thinning the blood. These days, extensive research is going on to derive anticoagulants from natural substances (even saliva from mosquitoes and vampire bats is being considered), since heart diseases and cases of heart attacks are growing at an alarming rate.

Prevents Allergies

This quality can also save your life in certain situations. Perhaps you may think it is an exaggeration because allergies are limited to some rashes on the skin and stomach aches. You might be surprised to know that these are only external symptoms or expressions of allergy. Allergies first show up in internal organs such as the liver, spleen, lungs, respiratory tracts, intestines, and even heart, and in extreme cases may result in severe attacks of asthma, cardiac arrest, unbearable pain in the stomach, convulsions, and even death. So why risk your life? Keep this oil within reach and use it without delay before visiting a doctor if you think that you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction.

Dissolves Blood Clots

The essential oil of helichrysum helps clear the accumulation of blood or blood clots which result from a hemorrhage. This can be very helpful in clearing blood clots out of the brain after a brain hemorrhage. These clots often interfere with the normal functioning of the brain. It also helps dissolve or melt away such clots by stimulating the enzymes which do that.

Lowers Fever

Helichrysum essential oil is effective in reducing inflammation resulting from fever since it is an antiphlogistic. This can help the patient feel less worn out and exhausted during fever, and it also aids in reducing the frequency of fever.

Relieves Inflammation

Apart from giving relief to inflammation resulting from fever, this oil also provides relief from inflammation due to other causes and generally soothes the body.

Treats Cough

Being an antitussive, helichrysum oil gives relief from coughs that are stimulated by phlegm in the respiratory tracts or by itchiness in the throat caused by infections.

Protects Nervous System

Helichrysum oil is nervine, which means that it keeps your nervous system in order, strengthens it, and protects it from disorders. Regular use can protect you from nervous disorders that result from aging. It can help you reduce anxiety over insignificant things and generally lower stress levels.

Fights Infections

Fever is not a disease in itself; it is just a symptom which shows that the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or unwanted substances. This is why you will rarely see fever as a solitary symptom. It always accompanies colds, viral infections, bacterial infections or infections from wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergic reactions or arthritis. Helichrysum oil, since it is also an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizant, fungicidal, and antiseptic substance, helps not only cure the root of fever but also reduces the fever itself.

Heals Scars

This property of helichrysum essential oil makes your wounds and cuts heal quickly and scar marks disappear fast. It is equally effective in clearing up spots left on your skin by pox, boils, and other skin irregularities.

Acts as Expectorant

Helichrysum essential oil is also an expectorant. It provides warmth to the respiratory system, which loosens the deposition of phlegm there and does not allow new phlegm to be deposited. It gives relief from a continuous cough and congestion that show a sign of infection or illness.

Promotes Digestion

Helichrysum oil has cholagogic properties, which means that it promotes the discharge of bile into the stomach and helps neutralize acids, thereby promoting digestion, curing acidity, and reducing symptoms of acidosis.

Inhibits Microbial Growth

Helichrysum Oil inhibits microbial growth and protects the body against a long list of microbial infections.

Heals Wounds

This oil does not allow your wounds to become septic. It can be safely applied to wounds, cuts, pricks, and any other open sores that may attract infection.

Prevents Dehydration

This property of helichrysum oil makes the skin smooth, soft and helps it retain moisture. It prevents dehydration and cracking of the skin as well.

Mucolytic Properties

Mucus helps keep all the internal tracts (larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, food pipe, intestines etc.) moist and slippery, thereby protecting them from scratches and infections. Mucus is essential for the body and without it, these tracts may suffer from severe wounds and infections. However, a problem occurs when it starts depositing and thickening in the respiratory system following an infection. The same mucus results in coughs and congestion. Being a mucolytic, helichrysum oil promotes the thinning of excess or hardened mucus through hydrolysis and its removal from the body along with normal excretions. This can effectively cure congestion and coughs resulting from cold and other illnesses.

Stimulates Urination

Helichrysum essential oil has diuretic properties, such as promoting and facilitating urination, both in frequency and in quantity, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the blood through urine. Urination also helps in lowering blood pressure, losing weight by eliminating fat, and improving digestion.

Treats Anemia

This property of helichrysum essential oil can be very beneficial for people suffering from anemia. The spleen is involved in the production and recycling of red blood cells, and having a healthy spleen means that you never run short of blood. This essential oil keeps your spleen healthy and free from infections.

helichrysumMaintains Cell Health

Helichrysum oil promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and stimulates the production of new cells. This helps in the overall growth and repair of the body. This property can be beneficial for growing children or children who have obstructed growth.

Improves Liver Health

Being a hepatic, this oil soothes the liver, relieves it of inflammation, regulates its discharges, protects it from infections, and keeps it healthy, active, and strong.

Prevents Fungal Infections

Fungal infections are some of the most dangerous types of infections. This oil prohibits and inhibits fungal infections very effectively.

Other Benefits

This powerful oil also detoxifies the liver, relieves congestion, neutralizes effects of nicotine and caffeine, and helps cure herpes, cystitis, arthritis, sinusitis, colitis, neuralgia, and varicose veins. It has an uplifting effect on the mental function and improves meridian flow.

Word of Caution: No toxic or irritating effects have been observed or reported from the use of this oil, but being an anticoagulant, those who have undergone surgery or have chances of internal hemorrhaging should avoid using it.

How to Use?

You should always consult an aromatherapist before using essential oils, including helichrysum oil. Essential oils are very strong, so they should not be used without proper consultation with medical professionals.

Blending: This essential oil blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Petit Grain, Sage, and Ylang-Ylang oil.

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High cholesterol doesn't always make your blood go thicker..... blood can be thicker for many reasons (genetics, medications..etc) .

This is BS. Modern day snake oil. Anything that purports to cure herpes, cystitis, arthritis, sinusitis, and colitis is flat out lying to prey on people at their lowest where they are more likely to believe anything.

100 % Therapeutic grade oils act just like modern day medicine. What works for one person may or may not work for another person. I've used Helichrysum when I had shingles and I mixed an oil blend up for the nerve pain and it worked. So in a sense it helped me with the Zoster virus. It kept the pain at bay and made it tolerable so I could function at work without being "drugged" up on pain meds that weren't working for me. I have also used it for tooth infections and pain. It immediately helped relieve it when blended with lavender and peppermint and a carrier oil. So I disagree that it's "lying to prey on people". We are not guaranteeing it will work. We are only sharing our story that it worked for us. Many people who turn to oils as a means of medicine for relief have done so because nothing else is working. They try it and it works for them. Keep an open mind. Don't be the sheep.

My dad uses it for arthritis and it works very well.I use it on muscle aches tooand pain leaves in about 10 seconds.

I use if as anti-spasmotic for MS. Hate to disappoint you, but it really works. I can breath again full breaths.

Not really. Just that you are not used to it. Peppermint decreased my chronic arthritus pain. I went from daily intake of Advil to maybe once a month. That is saving my liver and alleviated immense pain. It does take some experimentation and it can be expensive. But it is a matter of values. I find this healthier. But not to exclude medicine! Everything has a role.

How do you use the peppermint oil for arthritis? I see lots of good results, but not any information about whether it should be ingested, applied to the knees, diffused, etc.

Wintergreen works best but both you would apply to skin and if you mix with helichrysum works even better.

Totally agree. I use Peppermint oil for the same problem. Sure help my knees and I now can climb stairs better. I use many of the oils and they help me.

A person who shouts bs is usually because they are ignorant. Reading and believing is silly but practise. ..doing and watching results is the true form of knowledge. People also believe bees being so little are unimportant yet without them we will die. Everyone reacts differently to EO and it's up to the individual to find out what works for themselves as chemical make up differs therefore so to will the blends and food we digest etc will alter the result.

Just because modern day pharmaceutical drugs may not have a cure for a particular illness or condition does not mean it's not curable. Most pharmaceutical drugs are an attempt replicate some kind of natural substance in a laboratory. It is very difficult to totally recreate nature in a laboratory.

modern day pharmaceutical drugs do not CURE ANYTHING .... Most cause weakness in the entire body .. .. making u sicker and sicker .. !!!!

people that make pharmaceuticals don't want to cure us. They want us dependent on drugs, otherwise they won't make as much money...

Thank you for your amazing knowledge! Because of you, I've been so inspired to improve the quality of my health! I LOVE this site! Thank you again!

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Thanks!! We appreciate your feedback.

I have heard that Helichrysum can be used for varicose veins.... is this true?

I have heard that Helichrysum can be used for varicose veins.... is this true?

I used this oil on my two year old who decided to slice her thumb with a knife. I applied 2 drops of the oil and held her thumb together for 5 minutes then it miraculously fused it together what a amazing oil

That makes no sense because helichrysum is supposed to THIN the blood, that's why its used to clear out blood clots.

it's also a hemostatic, which means it helps to clot blood as well

Brenda Stout-Jamieson

Helichrysum if it is a pure essential oil can be digested. I use it mainly to rub on an area of the skin.

Tincture Couture

Helichrysum italicum......one of Tincture Couture's most favorite essential oils to blend with.....so many benefits!

Tincture Couture

i <3 it more!! <3

Pure Essential Oils

I have also heard to use helichrysum essential oil for spider bites.

The word Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. This is a reference to the golden color of many of the flowers from this botanical genus. Helichrysum has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability, and was used often after battles.
Helichrysum is the only essential oil found to contain certain di-ketones which support wound healing and scar reduction that result from accidents, surgery, acne, bruises, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, ulceration, irritated skin and wounds. If applied in time, it prevents hemorrhaging.
It is also very effective for joint pain. It is said to support the body through post-viral fatigue and convalescence.

Helichrysum Essential Oil is believed to soothe away deep emotional stress and diffuse anger and destructive feelings.
The aroma is thought to uplift the subconscious. It is thought to release and regulate (Chi), energy in the body. It may help individuals that are emotionally blocked, dispersing more deeply embedded repression.
At its most transformative, Helichrysum oil may assist in untying the deepest of emotional knots, restoring freedom and compassion to the eternal soul.
The oil is also thought to be a strong chelator, supporting liver function and potentially drawing heavy metals and toxins out of the body. The reflex points of the feet corresponding to the liver may be of greatest help in this process..
It has been indicated by some users for support with symptoms of tinnitus: drop on a cotton ball, placed in the ear while sleeping each night for two weeks) and other forms of hearing loss or damage.

Christopher Langley

Thank You for your post.

Claudette Coughenour Midwife

I have a book which recommends helichrysum oil for postpartum hemhorrage...not a good idea at all...anti spasmotic and anti coagulant...just the opposite of what a mother needs after birth....the uterus needs to contract and her blood needs to coagulate.....

helichrysum helps stop bleeding--so is a coagulant

Helichyrsum relieves my peripheral neuropathy. I sleep much better through the night. Is the real deal

I have a question does it grow without fertilizer or no

Grace Mastrangelo

it doesn't grow here