Helichrysum & Chamomile Are An Unlikely Pair Nature Has Given Us
The aromatic herbs Helichrysum and Chamomile are so unobtrusive and humble they could easily be overlooked — yet they contain remarkable healing powers that make them superior among the vast selection of natural medicines.

Offering their aromatic oils, they ease the pain of trauma, reduce inflammation, speed the healing of wounds, and calm emotional disturbances.

Helichrysum, or immortelle, is a common yet highly beneficial plant. It grows profusely in many parts of the world, preferring open and sunny hillsides. There are about six hundred species of helichrysum, many of which are grown as garden ornamentals. Although the unknowing passerby might not even notice this small shrub, immortelle gives us one of the most potent, safe, effective, and versatile of all the therapeutic oils.

Chamomile is also a plant that one might overlook, growing unobtrusively as a low-lying herbaceous groundcover. But chamomile's humble appearance is deceiving: this important species has an elevated place in old European herbology, and is one of the earliest herbs mentioned in the English herbal tradition. Chamomile tea is renowned as an effective home remedy for everything from indigestion and menstrual cramps to insomnia and grumpiness in children.

Like chamomile, helichrysum is used in traditional ethnobotanical medicine for a wide range of health problems. All parts of the plant from the roots to the flowers are utilized, for symptoms from headaches to heart disorders. Helichrysum oil has been found to contain several compounds with antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal properties...

Helichrysum oil is  superior wound-healing agent with pronounced bruise-resolving, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and anti-arthritic properties. These healing powers are thought to be produced by antioxidant compounds present in the leaves and flowers, substances which are now being studied for potential new drug products.

Helichrysum essential oil can be used interchangeably or in combination with the chamomile oils. For strained muscles or aching joints, apply a warm compress generously sprinkled with one or both oils. Alternately, apply helichrysum oil mixed in a carrier of rosehip seed oil; this combination is an effective remedy for the litany of complaints related to athletic overexertion, as well as many skin diseases.


Researchers are beginning to use scientific testing to evaluate the claims, made for helichrysum. Some well known  understandings from herbalist that helichrysum offer are:
• preventing infections
• reducing burnout and exhaustion
• preventing weight gain
• healing wounds
Chamomile has been described in medical texts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Over the centuries it has been used for:
 indigestion, nausea, or gas •
 wound healing, including ulcers and sores •
 anxiety relief •
 soothing skin conditions like acne, eczema or rashes •
 anti-inflammatory and pain relief for conditions like back pain, neuralgia, or arthritis •
 promoting sleep •