The oil is extracted from the plant Helichrysum angustifolium of the Asteraceae family. It is also known by the names of immortal and St. John’s Herb. This oil has a strong smell that people usually associate with herbal odor. However, it also contains lighter flavors.
Helichrysum essential oil has a strong fruity odor with honey and tea aromas. The color may range from pale yellow to red and its viscosity is watery.
Helichrysum oil is extracted by steam distillation of fresh or dried flowers of the herb.
The therapeutic properties of Helichrysum oil are: anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, bile.
The main chemical components are pinen, camphén, b-pinen, miercen, lemon, 1,8-cinnol, linalool, terpinal-4-ol, neryl acetate, neolla, geraniol, eugenol, italidone and other 6-diketones.
Helichrysum essential oil is not toxic and irritating, but it should not be used by children under 12 years of age
Helichrysum oil relieves pain in rheumatism and arthritis. It has a beneficial effect on diseases such as colds, flu, bronchitis, cough and asthma.
The oil has great properties for regeneration and can help in the healing of scars, ulcers, dermatitis, stretch marks, boils and abscesses. In folk medicine, it is used as a means of slowing the visible signs of aging.
The oil helps the digestive system and purifies the liver and spleen.
- Use for inhalers or diluted in a bath: In vapor therapy or diluted in the bath, an immortal oil helps in muscle pain, respiratory problems and digestive problems.
- Use in massage oils: Massage oils help strengthen muscles, respiratory problems and digestive system problems.
- Application in creams and lotions: Creams and lotions help in dermatitis, acne, scarring and hiding the effects of aging.