Helichrysum for Skin, Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots


Have you heard of the helichrysum plant? It's part of the sunflower family—you can see the resemblance—and includes about 600 species of flowers. Some are annual, some are perennial, but they're all colorful and perfect for brightening up a bouquet.

Helichrysum is also used to make an essential oil that's known by other names, including “everlasting” and “immortelle.” The oil has been used historically for skin.

Helichrysum oil could help even the appearance of your skin tone.

A Little Bit About the Ingredient Itself

The name “helichrysum” comes from the Greek word “helisso,” meaning, “to turn around,” and the word “chrysos,” which means “gold.” In fact, in historical times, the flowers of the plant were dried and offered to the Greek Gods.

Though there are many species of helichrysum, the one that's typically used as an essential oil and natural remedy is the italicum species. This species is a small, perennial shrubby herb with narrow, silver-hairy leaves and small, yellow, straw-like flowers. When crushed, these flowers release a distinct, curry-like aroma. The names “everlasting” and “immortelle” come from the reputation of the flowers for retaining their brilliant color even when dried.

In aromatherapy, helichrysum is thought to open the heart and help soothe old emotional wounds. The scent is also said to help one feel secure and safe.

Internal Health Benefits of Helichrysum

Like most plants and flowers, helichrysum has long been used as a natural remedy for certain health conditions. It was used in tea to treat respiratory conditions and to soothe bronchitis and coughing. Listed as non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing, it also has a reputation for being an effective pain reliever because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Helichrysum is also known as a detoxifier, supporting the liver in getting rid of waste in the body.

Helichrysum's Benefits to the Skin

Helichrysum is great for those with oily skin. In addition to this, it's one of the few essential oils that contain “diketones,” which can help reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration.

Helichrysum is touted as the perfect addition to skin care formulations for those with sensitive skin. It's so gentle that it's even recommended for children — in fact, it's often compared to chamomile because of these properties.

Of course, like most oils, helichrysum is moisturizing, and will help prevent dryness.

One of the most exciting newer discoveries with this oil, however, is its anti-aging property. It's perfect for helping to make skin look more firm, youthful, and vibrant.

Try It!

Helichrysum may not be one of the more popular oils, but we think it should be. So many benefits in one ingredient! Try it in our Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion and see what you think. We'd love to hear about your experience.

Do you use helichrysum in your skin care or in other areas of your life? Please share your tips.


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  1. Laurie says

    I use this in a facial oil base of argan, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil and borage oil. And also some lavender and carrot seed essential oil. My skin has never looked better!

  2. Kathy says

    Thx for your article and the beautiful picture. I never knew what it looked like! So cheerful! Helicrysum also great with a few drops added to shampoo to produce soft, silky and hair with more bounce! Also, I believe I was getting an aneurysm, as I had intense pain in my head and blood shot eyes. Applied helicrysum to the top and sides of my head, along with grapefruit oil, and the pain stopped immediately, with repeated applications, the eyes cleared up, also. I believe the blood vessels must have tightened right up. Never felt better after that! Use those oils occassionally in that way, as well as in shampoo to keep feeling so good. Thx for spreading the good word about helicrysum!!

  3. kathy says

    Found your article after doing a google search for EO’s and scar appearances. You have written a wonderfully informative article and I have it bookmarked.

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      Hydration! Lots of water, lots of watery rich foods

      Nutrition! lots of omega/fatty acid rich foods

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      I just used our coconut body oil followed by the Radiant skin silk and never did end up getting stretchmarks 🙂

  4. larisa says

    Yes, I agree with you on helichrysum oil. I make my own eye cream using great carrier oils and helichrysum essential oil in it. Absolutely love to see effects. Used on my teens scars from zits, applied topically on galbladder area to detox and aid digestion. Using my eye cream as a lipbalm as well.

  5. Ola says

    Hi, i just stumbled on your blog. I would like to know if the “helichrysum essential oil” can be used for burn scars on my chest. I’ve had the scars for 20 years now. There are still white patches around my chest wall and slight alteration to my right breast. I dont know if the oil can help in healing them to turn back to my natural skin. The burns was caused by very hot oil, and the many visits i paid to Doctors in my country advised that doing plastic surgey is 50/50 as i might have keloids, this discouraged me from going on further. Any help you can render will be highly appreciated, thanks

  6. sheri says

    I am buying this for my husband. He has very bad wounds on his hands due to neuropathy. How do I use this. Also I keep hearing for l how it’s good for mood upper. How do I use this for that. So confused. And is there an oil for neuropathy?

  7. Courtney says

    I use it in my tattoo aftercare, BombBalm, and it is almost unbelievable how amazing it is! I made this product and sometimes I get skeptical of how awesome it is. It’s really amazing to see essential oils work and go above and beyond your expectations. I’m an absolute believer in this oil. I only wish it wasn’t sooooo expensive. Although it definitely is worth it!

  8. Natasha says

    I use helichrysum in a organic rose hip oil serum with palmarosa. It has helped to reduce breakouts and improve my skin overall.

  9. a says

    I have acne scarring and texture issues from acne on my cheeks and am searching for a good oil blend to help my skin! Would this be a good one by itself or add to other oils and if so which ones? Any help is appreciated:)

  10. Leah says

    My daughter has a scar from a 3rd degree burn on her foot. We were going to use immortelle and vitamin a protocol use by babies who have had cleft palate surgery and want to reduce the scars. The before and after pics are amaIng

    Is this the best routine for a 23 year old? How often?

    • admin says

      Hi Leah~
      I have heard wonderful things about Immortelle oil for scarring/burning/post surgery healing …I also am a believer in St. John’s Wort Oil for burns.
      Depending on the severity of the burn, I’d recommend applying either oil 2-3x a day on the affected area. As for internal supplements, Vitamin A and C are both great to assist in healing..
      I would encourage further research on your end as well 🙂
      If you have any other questions, let us know!

  11. Brannigan says

    I just used this as a first aid also is said to help reduce bleeding in my book that I researched it totally work!! Also not to mention it is wonderful for varicose veins! I put it on my legs every night!

  12. admin says

    Wow thanks for sharing Sam, sounds like you have this one down! Sounds good enough to try, making a note as I type :). Make it a wonder-filled day.

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