All About Helichrysum
Helichrysum, also called the curry plant and immortal, has multiple species and a wide range of chemovarieties. H. italicum has shown anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities in vitro and in vivo, but human studies are needed. Widely used to improve skin quality, a few research studies have been found showing potential, but more research is necessary.
Helichrysum, has been studied a lot for its antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral potential. One human study showed anti-inflammatory action and a few non-human studies suggest it may be useful as an antioxidant topically and aid in skin health. Its aroma showed to contribute in improving cognitive ability in humans in one study. Plus, it may aid in respiratory complaints. More research is needed. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Helichrysum Plant and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Helichrysum angustifolium
- Other common names: Immortal, everlasting, St. John’s weed, Italian straw flower, curry plant, eternal flower, goldilocks, harnblumen, yelow chast weed
- Other Latin names: Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum stoechas
- There are many subspecies and chemotypes of this flower
Perennail flower growing in dry sandy environtments with white furry leaves and small clustered yellow flowers
The flowering tops, and sometimes the leaves and stems, are steam distilled to create an oily pale yellow, reddish, or greenish oil that is a floral, herbal, and creamy complex note. There is significant chemovariety in the essential oil.
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Neryl acetate