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Making your Own Helichrysum ...

Posted Jan 14 2009 7:38pm

Making your Own Helichrysum

by David Stewart, PhD, DNM, BCRS

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is a powerful and versatile oil as a single. It is also used in many Young Living oil blends and products as follows: Aroma Life, Brain Power, Forgiveness, Awaken, JuvaFlex, JuvaCleanse, Live With Passion, M-Grain, PanAway, Trauma Life, Chelex Tincture, ArthroTune, and CardiaCare. It is also an ingredient in Gary Young's Magic Relief Formula (Free Ebook listed on Passion4 Living on the Aromatherapy page).

Unfortunately, Young Living's European source for Helichrysum is no longer available. Hence helichrysm is no longer available as a single oil through Young Living.

Gary Young is planning to establish an annual Helichrysum crop on his new farm in Ecuador. However, it may be a a year or more before the oil is in production in sufficient quantities to offer all distributors again. Helichrysum italicum also goes by the common names of "Everlasting" and "Immortelle."

Until Young Living can produce enough to sell again, you can make your own substitute from oils that are available. I have developed this formula based on a chemistry that approximates the compound composition of Helichrysum. I call it "Helichrysum Blend."

It is simple. Mix equal parts of the following six oils, all available from Young Living:

Clary Sage (Salvia schlarea)

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) also called "Wild Tansy"

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

You can use equal numbers of drops or equal numbers of any other measure you wish depending on the quantity of Helichrysum Blend you want make up.

The similarities of chemistries between Actual Helichrysum and Helichrysum Blend are as follows:


Esters . . . . . .43%

Ketones. . . . . .20%

Sesquiterpenes . .15%

Monoterpenes . . .12%

Alcohols . . . . . 6%

Phenols. . . . . . 1%

Oxides . . . . . . 1%

Other Compounds. . 2%


(Equal parts of Clary Sage, Elemi, Roman Chamomile, Idaho Tansy, Wintergreen, and Ylang Ylang)

Esters . . . . . .41%

Ketones. . . . . .15%

Sesquiterpnes. . .14%

Monoterpenes . . .16%

Alcohols . . . . . 8%

Phenols. . . . . . 1%

Oxides . . . . . . 1%

Other Compounds. . 4%

The category, "Other Compounds," includes minor amounts (less than 1%) of Aldehydes, Carboxylic Acids, Coumarins, and Ethers. For the definitions and properties of "Esters," Ketones," "Alcohols," and other classes of compounds, see "The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple," available from and many other sources.

Except for a slight minty tone from wintergreen and a floral tone from ylang ylang, the fragrance of Helichrysum Blend is very similar to the oil of the single species, Helichrysum italicum itself.

While the chemistry of none of these six individual oils are like that of Helichrysum, as a combination they come very close. For example, it has been suggested that Idaho Tansy is a good substitute for Helichrysum, and in many ways it may be. But the dominant chemistry of Tansy is 77% ketones with only 5% esters while that of Helichrysum is only 20% ketones with 43% esters.

Another suggested substitute for real Helichrysum is a blend of Idaho Tansy, Elemi, and Wintergreen. While Wintergreen (like Helichrysum) is predominantly esters (97%), this is double the concentration of esters as found in Helichrysum italicum. Furthermore, wintergreen oil does not contain any of the remaining compounds of Helichrysum.

As for Elemi, it is mainly monoterpenes (71%) and contains no esters or ketones while Helichrysum contains mostly esters and ketones and only 12% monoterpenes. Even so, despite the major differences between Helichrysum and any of these six oils separately, when these six oils are combined in equal proportions, the general chemical profile of Helichrysum is duplicated to a very close extent, as seen by the percents above.

Specifically, there are seven compounds found in Clary Sage that are also found in Helichrysum, except in different proportions. These are beta-caryophyllene, curcumene, 1,8 cineol, l-limonene, linolol, nerol, and neryl acetate. Beta-caryophyllene is also found in Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile. Linalol is also found in Ylang Ylang. And l-limonene, which has a pine-like fragrance, is also an ingredient of Elemi. Helichrysum and Ylang Ylang both contain eugenol, which is a local anesthetic and is the predominant compound of clove oil.

But all of this is academic concerning Helichrysum Blend as a substitute for real Helichrysum if it does not provide some of the same therapeutic benefits of real Helichrysum.

The extent to which the therapeutic action of Helichrysum Blend mimics that of actual Helichrysum italicum can only be determined by trial and experimentation. The formula developed above is based on matching the common chemistry, not an attempt to match any common effects. There are many potential benefits from this blend, but are they the same benefits as Helichrysum italicum? And what additional benefits might there be? Those are the questions at this time. I am trying the blend myself at this time to observe its effects -- physical, emotional, and otherwise. I will report my findings through this newsletter in about six months.

If you create some of this blend and try it yourself or on others, please let me know your observations and experiences of its results and I will report them, giving you credit. This will probably be in my July-August or Sept-October issue of the Raindrop Messenger.

One of the most dramatic therapeutic effects of actual Helichrysum is in the restoration of hearing loss in applying the oil with the Vitaflex ear technique.

Among other things I am going to experiment with the hearing restoration effects of this blend as compared to my past experiences with Helichrysum italicum. If you try the Helichrysum Blend with the ear Vitaflex, please let me know what results are achieved. We want to know any results, positive or negative, and whether like those of actual Helichrysum or otherwise.

NOTE: A training DVD is available that teaches Twelve Vitaflex Techniques, including the one for ears using Helichrysum. It is called "Applied Vitaflex" (2 hours) and is available from CARE at This technique is also taught in all CARE Vitaflex Classes. These classes are also listed on the CARE Raindrop Training website.

Send your reports to David Stewart at . Put "Helichrysum Blend" in your subject line. Be sure to include your full name and geographic location. Your phone number would also be useful. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.


David Stewart

Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.

The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Rt. 4, Box 646, Marble Hill, Missouri USA 63764
(573) 238-4846
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