Helichyrsum italicum essential oil has analgesic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antifungal, antihaematoma, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, hepatoprotective, mucolytic, nervine, splenic and stimulant therapeutic properties (buy it here).
It is also commonly called Immortelle or Immortal and Everlasting. This essential oil could be a natural alternative to corticosteroids, as its effects on the body are very similar. Helichrysum italicum has been used medicinally in its native Mediterranean region and in Ayurveda healing for more than 5,000 years. There have also been quite a few clinical studies done on this oil to scientifically prove its efficacy.
1. Lower high blood pressure
Mix 5 drops of Helichrysum italicum essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply the blend to your chest, shoulders and neck when you feel your blood pressure climbing.
2. Calm irregular heart beat and heart palpitations
Massage the 5% Helichrysum italicum/carrier oil into your chest, shoulders and neck to help control irregular heart beat and heart palpitations. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil for this purpose, but you can use any carrier oil you prefer. Helichrysum’s antispasmodic and anticoagulant properties soothe the heart and make it easier to pump the blood.
3. Improve heart health
Use the 5% Immortelle/carrier oil blend to improve the overall health of your heart and circulatory system.
4. Detoxify the liver
Helichrysum’s hepatoprotective properties improve liver health by reducing inflammation, protecting it from infection and encouraging the release of bile and toxins. Massage the 5% blend into the area above the liver, which is the upper right abdominal area.
5. Improve gallbladder function
Massage the 5% blend into the liver area to help improve gallbladder function.
6. Boost pancreas health
Use the 5% blend to improve the health of your pancreas. Massage the oil over your liver and upper abdominal area.
*Apply a small amount of a 2% Helichrysum oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous area and wait for at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.*
7. Prevent kidney stones
Apply the 5% everlasting/carrier oil blend into the skin on your back from the waist down to help prevent kidney stones. This is especially useful for people who often get kidney stones.
8. Fight cancer
Practice Helichrysum aromatherapy and use a 2% to 5% carrier oil blend to help prevent or fight cancer. Immortelle contains free-radical-fighting compounds that inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
9. Improve nerve function
Gently massage the 5% Immortelle/carrier oil blend into the body anywhere that you have nerve damage and/or nerve pain. It actually encourages the healing of your nerves.
10. Reduce inflammation
Use the 5% Helichrysum blend to reduce inflammation anywhere in the body. Gently massage it into the inflamed area.
11. Relieve swelling
Use the 5% Everlasting blend to reduce swelling anywhere on the body. You can use it up to several times a day. If necessary, Helichrysum can be used at a 10% or even 25% dilution rate for up to two weeks. Don’t use more than you have to, though. Start out with the 5% blend and gradually increase the strength until it works well for you.
12. Alleviate pain
Apply the 5% Helichrysum italicum essential oil blend anywhere that you need pain relief. It is wonderful for the lower back, knees, neck, shoulders and anywhere else that you are feeling pain.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
13. Treat arthritis
Massage the 5% Helichrysum EO blend into arthritic joints to reduce pain and inflammation. The oil will also increase blood circulation in the joint and surrounding tissue, which will help reduce swelling.
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14. Treat fibromyalgia
Use the 5% Everlasting blend to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia. You can also practice Helichrysum aromatherapy to feel safe and more balanced. Simply add 5 to 10 drops of Helichrysum oil to your diffuser along with 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes at a time.
15. Alleviate sore muscles
Massage sore, achy muscles with the 5% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend. You will feel relief in no time.
16. Stop muscle spasms and cramps
Massage the 5% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend into your muscles when they begin to spasm or cramp up for quick relief.
17. Speed healing of ligaments and tendons
Use Helichrysum to shorten healing time after a ligament or tendon injury. It is very effective for healing any ligament or tendon injury, including the meniscus on either side of the knee. Gently massage the oil into the area several times a day. A 10% to 25% dilution rate can be used for up to two weeks.
18. Reduce fevers
Apply the 5% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend to your forehead, temples and the back of your neck to help bring down a fever.
19. Treat upper respiratory infections
Helichrysum’s mucolytic properties help clear excess mucous from the lungs while its antibacterial properties kill bacteria. Rub the 5% blend into your chest and throat. Run your diffuser with 5 to 10 drops of Immortelle added for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day.
20. Alleviate allergic reactions
Inhale Helichrysum vapors directly from the bottle to reduce allergic reactions. It has very good anti-allergenic properties.
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21. Reduce coughing
Practice Helichrysum aromatherapy or massage your throat with the 5% blend to help stop coughing.
22. Prevent or treat bacterial infections
Apply Helichrysum blended with coconut oil to sores and wounds to prevent or treat bacterial infections. Use the 25% dilution rate for this application.
23. Alleviate sinus conditions
The same mucolytic properties that help clear mucous from the lungs alleviate excess mucous in the sinuses. Helichrysum EO can also be used to treat sinus infections. Its antibacterial properties can be inhaled through aromatherapy or absorbed through the skin after you apply the oil to the forehead and either side of the nose.
24. Prevent viral infections
Apply a 10% Helichrysum italicum oil solution (10 drops of Immortelle to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil) to herpes sores. Coconut oil is a very good carrier oil to use for this purpose as it also speeds the healing of herpes sores. Reapply every few hours. It will relieve pain and inflammation while its anti-viral properties actually kill the virus.
25. Treat or prevent fungal infections
Treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot by applying a 5% to 10% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil for this. It has anti-fungal properties of its own.
26. Improve your immune system
Massage the 5% Everlasting/carrier oil combination into your abdominal area to help boost your immune system.
27. Reduce cholesterol levels
Massage the 5% Helichrysum italicum/carrier oil blend into your skin all over to help lower high cholesterol.
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28. Reduce excess fluid retention
Practice Helichrysum italicum aromatherapy or apply the 5% blend to areas prone to edema or fluid retention.
29. Improve digestive tract health
Apply the 5% Helichrysum blend to the entire abdominal area to improve the overall health of the digestive tract.
30. Alleviate hemorrhoids
Put a few drops of helichrysum EO on a cotton ball and apply it to the exterior area around the anus. Do not try to apply the oil internally. It can be reapplied every few hours, as needed, for relief from pain and inflammation. This oil will actively reduce the swelling.
31. Alleviate constipation
Massage the 5% Immortelle blend into your lower abdominal area and the soles of your feet for relief from constipation.
32. Treat Candida overgrowth in the gut
Practice Helichrysum aromatherapy and massage the 5% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend into your abdominal area to fight Candida albicans or yeast overgrowth in the gut. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil for this as it also has Candida-fighting therapeutic properties.
33. Alleviate anxiety
Add 5 to 10 drops of Everlasting essential oil to 1/2 cup of distilled water in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes to alleviate anxiety. If you tend to suffer anxiety when it is not convenient to use your diffuser, simply keep the bottle of Helichrysum oil with you and take a few deep inhales through your nose when you begin to feel anxious.
34. Treat insomnia
Massage the 2% to 5% Helichrysum italicum EO blend into the soles of your feet before going to bed to get a good night’s sleep. You can also enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of relaxing aromatherapy before bed to improve your sleep.
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35. Improve mental acuity
Practice Helichrysum italicum aromatherapy to improve mental acuity or massage a few drops of the 2% to 5% blend into the back of the neck, throat and chest. You can also take a few deep breaths for a quick and dirty pick-me-up before an important meeting or when you need to be especially sharp. This can be helpful for people who are suffering from a concussion or brain injury and Alzheimer’s.
36. Relieve symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Massage 2 drops of Helichrysum EO/coconut oil blend into your temples, throat and neck twice a day for relief from Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. Use it for three weeks at a time, then stop using it for one week.
37. Boost energy levels
Use Immortelle aromatherapy to put a bit of pep in your step. You can also massage the 5% blend into the soles of your feet.
38. Improve blood clotting
Apply Helichrysum italicum essential oil to wounds to stop the bleeding more quickly.
*People taking anti-coagulants should not use Helichrysum without first consulting with their physician. Don’t use it if you are about to have surgery*
39. Speed bruise healing
Gently apply the 5% Helichrysum italicum EO/carrier oil blend to the skin wherever you have a bruise to speed healing.
40. Treat sunburn
Apply a 5% Everlasting/coconut oil blend to sunburn for fast relief and a more speedy recovery.
41. Speed wound healing
Helichrysum italicum’s cytophylactic properties enhance the body’s ability to slough off dead cells and replace them more quickly with new, healthy cells, resulting in faster wound healing.
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42. Improve hearing loss
Use a 2% to 5% Helichrysum/carrier oil blend to improve hearing loss caused by chronic infection, inflammation or nerve damage. Massage the blend into the area directly behind the ear, down the jaw line and into the outer part of the ear. Do not put the oil into the ear canal. Use it once or twice a day.
43. Get rid of acne
Dab straight Helichrysum italicum EO directly on pimples with a cotton swab once or twice a day to clear up acne.
44. Get rid of wrinkles
Moisturize your facial skin and throat with a 2% Immortelle/carrier oil blend to get rid of wrinkles. Helichrysum italicum is also included in anti-aging blends that are great for getting rid of wrinkles.
45. Treat eczema and psoriasis
Apply a 2% to 5% Helichrysum italicum EO/carrier oil blend into areas of the skin that are effected by eczema and psoriasis.
46. Alleviate varicose veins
Use a 3% to 6% Helichrysum italicum/carrier oil blend to get rid of varicose veins. Rub the oil into the area with varicose veins, massaging in the direction of the heart. You can also use a combination of Everlasting EO and Cypress EO along with a witch hazel compress (buy it here).
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47. Moisturize dry skin
48. Relieve skin irritations
Use a 2% to 5% Helichrysum blend to get relief from any skin irritation, dermatitis or allergic rash like poison ivy. For added relief from burning and itching, mix 2 drops of Helichrysum italicum and 2 drops of Lavender essential oil (buy it here) into 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
49. Reduce the appearance of scars
Massage a 2% to 5% Helichrysum blend into scars to reduce their appearance.
Was this list helpful to you? I was impressed by all of the incredible uses for Helichrysum essential oil. I’m sure further clinical research will continue to prove all of the therapeutic benefits of this oil. Helichrysum is more expensive than many other essential oils, due the naturally low yield from the flowers, but it is well worth it.
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