Many thanks to Shirley Khoo for sending the article by M.D.Anderson on HELICHRYSUM essential oil from the newsletter of Natural News (see link at end). I am including some information about helichrysum from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the Young Living website, and some recipes for pre-surgery and post-surgery pain prevention and relief.

NOTE: Please remember that ONLY pure, premium essential oils can be taken internally!

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Using essential oils to cleanse and heal the body, mind and soul is not a new concept. In fact, using different fragrances to alter your state of mind has been used within religious ceremonies for centuries. But today Aromatherapy has become so popular that anything that has a scent is labeled as an aromatherapy product. Many of these so-called essential oils are not the real thing, which leads many people to look at aromatherapy very negatively. But the truth is that using real essential oils in many different forms of aromatherapy can be a very effective healing and relaxation tool.

Helichrysum essential oil is known as the “everlasting” or “immortal” essential oil. Unlike most essential oils it can be stored and left in the cupboard for a very long time.

[NOTE: Young Living’s single essential oils and most blends are 100% essential oil. They contain no ingredients for increasing the volume or to boost the effects, and they contain no vegetable carrier oils, which would cause them to turn rancid or to become ineffective. Therefore, they do NOT have an “expiry date” as all of the natural chemical components will still be intact for hundreds of years if they are not exposed to extreme heat and/or direct sunlight.]

Helichrysum essential oil is found mainly in France and Italy. Its rarity makes it one of the most expensive essential oils to buy, but it is also known as one of the best as it has a long list of healing properties.

In ancient times Helichrysum was used along with Frankincense, Myrrh, Spikenard, and Rose to help open the heart and mind to the infinite possibilities of the spiritual life. But now Helichrysum is known to help all sorts of medical ailments from ridding the body of scar tissue and stretch marks to relieving the pain of arthritis and regulating blood pressure .

A study conducted at the University of Nigeria found that the active ingredients in Helichrysum that help lower blood pressure are called curcumene and caryophyllene.  They also found significant evidence that rubbing the oil over scars does significantly reduce their appearance, even if the scars have been there for some time.

(NOTE: Those who heard D. Gary Young speak in Singapore in June may remember his comments about the amazing anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of beta caryophyllene.)

But it is the oil’s anti spasmodic, anti coagulant and anti allergenic properties that have excited most of the medical profession. Due to the rising number of people suffering from heart attacks and heart disease, there is now a lot of research going in to natural substances that show anticoagulant (blood thinning) properties. Everything from mosquito saliva to ginger and turmeric has been tested, but none of them seem to be able to match the powers of Helichrysum essential oil. The oil has also been found to be a powerful anti allergenic. Not only does it help reduce the superficial signs of allergies such as skin rashes and stomachaches, but it has also been found to protect the liver, spleen and lungs, which is where the first signs of an allergic reaction may occur.

From the Essential Oils Desk Reference and Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide

The best helichrysum comes from Yugoslavia, Corsica, Croatia, and Spain.

Medical properties include anticoagulant, antispasmodic, antiviral, liver protectant/detoxifier/stimulant, chelates chemicals and toxins, herpes virus, regenerates nerves.

It has successfully been used for the arterioscleriosis, atherosclerosis, hypertension, balancing blood pressure, blood clots, liver disorders, circulatory disorders, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, scar tissue, skin discoloration, varicose veins), hearing loss, respiratory conditions, acute pain.

Application: diffuse, apply topically around outside of ear, temples, forehead, back of neck, heart, or on location.

Helichrysum ranks very high on the ORAC scale – 17,430, meaning that it is a powerful antioxidant or “free radical scavenger”.

The following Young Living blends contain helichrysum:

  • Aroma Life
  • Awaken
  • Brain Power
  • ClaraDerm (spray)
  • Deep Relief (Roll-On)
  • Forgiveness
  • GLF
  • Juva Cleanse
  • JuvaFlex
  • M-Grain
  • PanAway
  • Trauma Life
  • Supplements, Cardia Care and Chelex

Support your body by preparing it for the trauma caused by surgery. Create a great affirmation like: “This will be a pleasant experience. I will heal quickly.”

The colon goes to sleep for 72 hours after surgery. Toxins in the colon don’t get eliminated – and it causes further stress on the body. I found it best to do a cleanse beginning a few days before surgery. I didn’t eat anything solid – only drank juices – and took nutritional supplements to get my body in the best condition.

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Recipe for successful pain-free surgery, per Gary Young (136 surgeries, 100% pain-free):

  • 10 drops Vetiver
  • 10 drops Valerian
  • 5 drops Helichrysum
  • 5 drops Clove

(Nancy Sanderson, Gary’s sister, says to add three drops of peppermint to give it some extra punch.)

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Gary Young’s formula he uses in Ecuador on post op patients:

Note: This recipe, and the one above can be used prior to, and after surgery (or any other time) for pain relief.

  • 20 drops Valerian
  • 20 drops Vetiver
  • 10 drops Helichrysum
  • 5 drops Clove
  • 5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
  • 5 drops Peppermint

Take in two 00 capsules orally as often as needed, about 3-4 hours apart .

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  • 10 drops Helichrysum
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 8 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 Patchouli
  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 1 oz. V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil

Note – to prevent infection if incision still open, best to mix recipe and “drop” onto location rather than use fingers to apply.


Gary showed us a regimen many years ago, which is still listed in the Essential OilsDesk Reference:

For 3 minutes, massage 1-2 drops each of AROMA LIFE and YLANG YLANG on the heart Vita Flex point (on the foot or hand), as well as over the heart and over the carotid arteries along the neck. Blood pressure will drop within 5 to 20 minutes. Monitor the pressure and reapply as required.

The EODR also notes that inhalation of jasmine reduces anxiety in some people and thereby lowers blood pressure.

Note: we do not ingest oils called “absolutes” which are Jasmine and Neroli; in their case, the method of extraction used is primarily used for botanicals where the fragrance & therapeutic parts of the plant can only be unlocked using solvents.

In addition to the above, the EODR highly recommends Omega Blue Softgels, NingXia Red, and clove oil.

Other Single Oils: Lavender (which is a balancer for both high and low blood pressure), marjoram, and cypress.

Other Blends: Peace & Calming, Citrus Fresh, and Humility.

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Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care.

Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.