Helichrysum, also known as everlasting or immortelle, is native to the Mediterranean region. Like lavender, Helichrysum stimulates the growth of new cells and is recommended for bruises, burns and scars. Many claim that Helichrysum can help with hearing loss and nerve damage, but these claims are as of yet scientifically unsubstantiated.
Helichrysum essential oil acts as a stimulant for the liver, gallbladder and spleen. It aids in detoxification of the body, working especially through the lymph glands.
Botanical Name: Helichrysum italicum
Odor Intensity: High
Bruises, burns, rashes
Chronic cough, whooping cough
Eczema and psoriasis
Headaches and migraine
Ringing in the ears
Aroma: Earthy, slightly floral, heady, powerful, hay-like.
Part Used: Flowers
Properties: anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, antiseptic, cholagogue, cicatrizant, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, nervine.
Emotional Concerns: Helichrysum is relaxing and emotionally warming and opening, easing such emotions as frustration and irritability. Helichrysum helps remove the most stubborn of wood emotions—jealousy, half-conscious anger and bitterness of spirit.
Contraindications: Do not take internally.
Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil or lotion. Apply to the bruise 3-4 times per day.