- INCI name
- HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM FLOWER OIL
- Essential oil name
- Everlasting essential oil
- Part used
- *Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).
- Extraction method
- Steam distillation
- 2.5 ML of essential oil produced with 1 KG of everlasting plant*
About the plant
- Common names
- Latin name
- Helichrysum italicum
- Botanical family
- Plant detail
- The plant is a shrub with a 20-30 cm height. The small flowers are yellow, bloom in the summer and never wither.
- Flowering period
Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.
With proven antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Everlasting Essential Oil, also known as Helichrysum Essential Oil, has various benefits to boost your health, mind and skin.
Here’s all you need to know about Helichrysum Oil, and how this element of aromatherapy can benefit you by incorporating it into your daily rituals.
Benefits of Everlasting Essential Oil
1. Treats spasms
Alongside Chamomile Oil, Everlasting Oil is antispasmodic, helping to control and relax contractions.
Whether you’re experiencing spasms in the respiratory tract, muscles or nerves, Helichrysum Oil can provide quick and effective pain relief, even working towards long-term prevention.
Research has found that Everlasting Essential Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Not only is it an effective remedy for immediate swelling, but it also promotes optimal healing, and generally soothes the body.
Everlasting Oil contains compounds such as flavonoids and phloroglucinols, which have been shown to inhibit harmful fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Furthermore, since the majority of the immune system is located within the stomach, Everlasting Essential Oil’s gut-healing and anti-inflammatory properties can help to improve immunity for long-term benefits.
Helichrysum Essential Oil contains enzymes that can breakdown blood clots and trigger circulation.
As Dr Couic Marinier explains, “Everlasting oil is a real arnica, helping to reduce the appearance of bruises and bumps”.
5. Reduce anxiety
Helichrysum Oil is a nervine, which means that it keeps your nervous system in check; protecting, strengthening and healing it.
This potent oil can help to reduce anxiety and generally lower stress level to put you in a brighter, calmer mood. If insomnia’s your problem, look at Lavender Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil for a better night’s sleep.
What is Everlasting Essential Oil used for ?
When used in skincare, Helichrysum Essential Oil can be highly effective. Primarily, this essential oil works to promote cellular health; recycling dead cells and stimulating the production of new cells.
The result? Skin that is rejuvenated, toned and smoothed; a powerful addition to your beauty routine.
For the ultimate anti-ageing Essential Oils, also look to Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil.
Everlasting Essential Oil contains diketones
compounds that can heal the epidermis and even out skin tone. Age spots are faded, hyperpigmentation is evened out and redness is soothed.
Thanks to the presence of the chemical elements ‘esters’, Helichrysum Essential Oil is highly soothing and moisturising. With a nourished epidermis comes a radiant complexion and healthy skin.
Where does Everlasting Essential Oil come from ?
Deriving from the warm climes of the Mediterranean, Everlasting Essential Oil thrives in dry, rocky, sandy ground. Self-seeding, this member of the sunflower family can last for months without water, hence the name “everlasting”!
History of Everlasting Essential Oil
The golden flower
According to Dr Couic Marinier, “the word ‘Helichrysum’ originates from Latin and Greek, meaning gold sun”, denoting the appearance of the Everlasting flower’s beautiful, golden blossoms.
Ancient Greek origins
Some of the first documented uses of Helichrysum Oil comes from the ancient Greeks. They found that Everlasting Oil had wound healing abilities and used it on soldiers coming back from battle.
Apollo, God of the Arts, Healing and Purification, was often pictured wearing a crown of Everlasting flowers.
Facts about Everlasting Essential Oil
The yellow gold of Corsica
Helichrysum Essential Oil has gained the reputation as the yellow gold of Corsica thanks to its multitude of species that exist in this area as well as its precious nature.
According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Everlasting Oil is one of the most expensive cosmetic ingredients, due to the high number of flowers required to make the oil.”
A speedy process
In order to maintain the intoxicating fragrance and optimum results, Everlasting Essential Oil must be extracted from the flowers within 24 hours of picking.
The immortal plant
Living up to its name and unlike many other plants, even when the Everlasting flower is cut, its vibrant and recognisable colour doesn’t fade.
Incorporate Everlasting Essential Oil into your daily routine and keep your skin, body and mind energised and youthful.