Immortelle (Helichrysum) Profile


“Immortelle” (Helichrysum) is an herb has been revered since the time of Homer and the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability.

Helichrysum italicum is a shrub with yellow flowers, native to Europe and widespread in the Mediterranean regions, which grows in arid, sandy and stony areas.  The flowering tops find application in folk medicine, for their anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties, and in cosmetics for treatment of skin sunburn and erythema.

Through phytochemical studies several constituents have been isolated and identified from Helichrysum italicum, among the essential oils, acethephenone, phloroglucinol, and flavonoids.  In the eastern part of the Mediterranean a reddish oil is distilled, whereas in the French and Italian Alps a blue-green oil is distilled.  Sher-Ray Organic Cosmetics’ Helichrysum presently comes from Slovenia.

Fifteen years ago French aromatherapists started to distill several variations and investigates possible therapeutic uses of this oil.  After having experimented with many types of everlasting oils, aromatherapists found one variety, Helichrysum italicum variety serotinum, with absolutely extraordinary healing qualities, but only if the oil is distilled from the flower alone.  Sher-Ray Organic Cosmetics comes only from the flowers, which is also the most expensive.

Helichrysum ranks as one of the most ancient and valuable healing substances.  It is said to heal physical and emotional scarring, opens the heart, connects body and spirit and opens human beings to spiritual life.

“Immortelle” essential oil has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory, cell regenerating, pain reducing, calming, uplifting properties.

It can be added to a carrier oil and applied to stretch marks, acne scars, surgical scars, and wounds of all kinds.  Immortelle is used in skin care products for its skin-rejuvenating properties and its soothing effects on sensitive and inflamed skin.

Helichrysum is used for healing scar tissue, whether from a recent wound, operation, or tissue that has been scarred for years.  It stops bleeding, prompts scab formation and tissue to repair.  Helichrysum has anti-inflammatory and tissue regenerating properties.  Sherry has used Helichrysum since her childhood.  Her Grandmother’s family in Czechoslovakia was under communist rule. They needed coffee and tea. She needed “Immortelle” oil. They then smuggled these items back and forth in clothing. Sherry’s Grandmother, Marie, put it in olive oil to make her own moisturizer.