Helichrysum (Corsican) Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Helichrysum italicum
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Distillation Method:
Wild Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
neryl acetate
gamma curcumene
neryl propionate
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Wholesale Pure Helichrysum Essential Oil

100% pure Helichrysum essential oil from Helichrysum italicum flowers wild-grown and distilled in Serbia. This is GC/MS verified to contain high levels of the molecular constituents which give Helichrysum its unique properties. We use this oil ourselves in many healing applications with very wonderful results. This Helichrysum Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.


This is an amazing Helichrysum, with over 40% Neryl Acetate (the ester naturally occuring in this oil attributed with anti-spasmodic properties). Helichrysum, also known as "Everlasting" or "Immortelle" essential oil, is a native species to eastern and northern regions of Africa. It is now adapted to cultivation in the Mediterranean regions of Italy, Yugoslavia, Spain and France. There are over 500 different species of Helichrysum though it is only the 'italicum' species that is the true varietal. This particular oil has been GCMS-verified to contain among the highest levels of 'Italidiones', the di-ketones only found in Helichrysum.

Aromatherapy Notes

Aromatically, it is thought to open the heart and clear old emotional wounds. Considered a very important essential oil in aromatherapy, we are frequently delighted to receive wonderful reviews from clients who tell us about their profoundly positive results. This Helichrysum essential oil is light bodied and clear in color with a distinctly medicinal and herbaceous, bright top note followed by camphoraceous, musty, green tea-like middle notes and a cedar-like woody undertone. It will blend well with Chamomile (both Roman and German), Lavender, Mimosa, Oakmoss, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, Clove and all Citrus oils.

Traditional Uses

The name helichrysum comes from the Greek “helios” and “chryos”, which mean “sun” and “gold” after the vibrant gold color of its flowers. Helichrysum was known to the Greeks as a therapeutic plant and was mentioned by the scholar Theophrastus of Eresos as being mixed with honey as a treatment for burns and stings of venomous animals. The Greek physician Dioscorides also cited helichrysum as “possessing diuretic properties and being useful in the treatment of urinary disorders, snake bites, sciatica and hernias”. In more recent writings, helichrysum was brought to light by the Dutch botanist Herman Boerhaave as having properties that help with nervousness.1

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature

From The Essentials of Aromatherapy Essential Oils2:

  • Manages acne and oily skin
  • Aids skin regeneration from burns, cuts, and scars
  • Analgesic action for rheumatism and muscle pain
  • Expectorant for respiratory problems

From Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche 3:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties similar to its relative chamomile
  • Antiseptic, astringent properties
  • Relieves fatigue and soothes stress-related psychological complaints

Helichrysum in Research

Helichrysum has long been used for its diverse therapeutic actions and modern research reiterates its value as an anti-inflammatory4, antioxidant4, antiviral5, antispasmodic6 and antibiotic7.

Summary of Research Studies

  • A study on thee anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of helichrysum found that these activities have multiple courses of action, including "inflammatory enzyme inhibition, free‐radical scavenging activity and corticoid‐like effects."4
  • Diethyl ether extract from flowering tops of Helichrysum italicum showed significant antiviral activity against herpes virus-1 in vitro.5
  • Ethanolic extract of helichrysum produced an intestinal antispasmodic effect in the inflamed gut of rats.6
  • Helichrysum essential oil was found to significantly reduce the resistance of multi-drug resistant bacteria to antibiotics. This suggests that it could be a viable option to fight "super bugs" that don't respond to antibiotics.7
  • A review of the scientific studies on helichrysum reported that numerous studies emphasize its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant activities and exhibits remarkable "biological activities that seem to be due to the large diversity of its chemical contents".8

Application and Use


Helichrysum essential oil is noted as non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It can be used topically at full-strength concentration. If ingesting, pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult a physician.


1 Viegas, Daniel Antunes, et al. "Helichrysum italicum: From Traditional Use to Scientific Data." Journal of Ethnopharmacology 151.1 (2014): 54-65.

2 Kinai, Miriam. The Essentials of Aromatherapy Essential Oils. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

3 Damian, Peter, and Kate Damian. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1995.

Sala, Araceli, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties of Helichrysum Italicum.” Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol. 54, no. 3, 2002, pp. 365–371., doi:10.1211/0022357021778600.

Nostro, A., et al. “Evaluation of Antiherpesvirus-1 and Genotoxic Activities of Helichrysum Italicum Extract.” The New Microbiologica, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2003, pp. 125–128.

Rigano, Daniela, et al. “Intestinal Antispasmodic Effects of Helichrysum Italicum (Roth) Don Ssp. Italicum and Chemical Identification of the Active Ingredients.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 150, no. 3, 12 Dec. 2013, pp. 901–906., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.09.034.

Lorenzi, V., et al. “Geraniol Restores Antibiotic Activities against Multidrug-Resistant Isolates from Gram-Negative Species.” Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol. 53, no. 5, May 2009, pp. 2209–2211., doi:10.1128/aac.00919-08.

Guinoiseau, Elodie. “Biological Properties and Resistance Reversal Effect of Helichrysum Italicum (Roth) G. Don.” Microbial Pathogens and Strategies for Combating Them: Science, Technology and Education, edited by A. Méndez-Vilas, Formatex, 2013, pp. 1073–1080.