Today, in our never-ending search for the perfect stretch marks cure, we will talk about a little known but fascinating skincare ingredient – helichrysum oil. Together, we will look at what this ingredient is, basically, and what it can and can’t do for your skin.
In the past, I’ve talked about what vitamins are useful for treating stretch marks, and with this article, I’ll be staying on this natural path. As you’ve probably noticed, I tend to favor natural ingredients, as they tend to pose less of a risk and offer more benefits for your skin and overall health.
What Exactly Is Helichrysum Oil?
Helichrysum oil comes from the Helichrysum italicum plant, which is most commonly found in Europe’s eastern regions, particularly near the Mediterranean Sea. It is a big favorite in the essential oil community, for the hoard of alleged benefits we’ll discuss in just a moment. It’s frequently used as incense and in various skin care products, as a topical application is believed to be the most efficient.
What Can Helichrysum Oil Do for Your Stretch Marks?
Helichrysum oil is said to have several health benefits. In this article, naturally, I’ll focus on the most important ones for treating and preventing the appearance of stretch marks.
Helichrysum oil is most well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is frequently used to treat minor skin lesions and wounds and prevent skin inflammation. This is one of the reasons you might want to try using helichrysum oil for your stretch marks.
Since stretch marks are wounds, it’s essential that you only apply anti-inflammatory lotions and creams so that you don’t encourage a possible infection or worsening of the condition. Helichrysum oil is also naturally soothing, so this can make it rather pleasant for use on fresh, angry stretch marks, which often can feel quite irritated, itchy, and can outright be painful.
Another way helichrysum oil may be beneficial for stretch marks is that it’s believed to be a natural wound healer. First of all, by preventing infection, as we’ve seen above, helichrysum oil gives the stretch mark the space it needs to heal correctly and unencumbered by further rashes and irritations.
While helichrysum oil is said to help with various other health issues, from coughs to contact dermatitis, and even to gallbladder disorders, the above anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties are the only ones that are relevant for the tiger stripes at hand.
Is There Any Scientific Data Supporting These Claims?
Ah, the big question. You might have noticed that I steered clear of referencing any studies in my claims above, which is not typically my style. The thing about helichrysum oil is that there are very few certified, accredited scientific studies and data to support the above claims.
Yes, helichrysum oil is very common and said to be very beneficial within the alternative, homeopathic community. But unfortunately, there is precious little data actually to prove that helichrysum oil is a potent wound healer. One study referenced online is said to demonstrate that helichrysum oil boosts the effect of antibiotics when treating infection (and that may support our wound healing claims). Sadly, I could not track down this study, so we can’t know for sure.
What I did find was a study showing the effectiveness of using helichrysum oil in the treatment of acne, and as such, acting as a powerful anti-bacterial ingredient. Another using the essential oil to treat Candida infection, thus further supporting this claim.
Is an anti-bacterial property enough to prove that helichrysum oil is good for stretch marks? Not really. I would say you’ve got about a 50% chance of it working on your tiger stripes, but if you are of a more naturalist bend, I will encourage you to give it a try.
While I think it’s worth using helichrysum oil to treat existing stretch marks, it doesn’t seem to have any moisturizing properties that might help prevent stretch marks’ appearance.
Is Helichrysum Oil Safe for Pregnancy?
Yes, helichrysum oil is safe to use topically while pregnant and breastfeeding (really common times for stretch marks). However, you should avoid inhaling the stuff at these times, since the fumes can be dangerous for your pregnancy.
What Helichrysum Oil Products Are There?
Below, I’ll talk a bit about a few different helichrysum oil products you could use to treat stretch marks and how efficient/inefficient these might be.
Helichrysum Italicum Multipurpose Salve for Stretch Marks
As you can see, this isn’t an oil, but rather a salve to be applied topically on your tiger stripes. While it is quite pricey, it contains exclusively natural ingredients, all good for the skin, vitamin E, carrot, and olive oil).
From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s very efficient in fading bruises, but there are no accounts of it working on stretch marks. Still, a good alternative if you don’t like the feel of oil on the skin.
MAJESTIC PURE Helichrysum Oil
While this seems like it was a great product, many reviews are complaining about the strong (some even say poisonous) smell and saying that this isn’t helichrysum oil. So overall, I wouldn’t recommend this one.
Plant Therapy Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil
Although this too seems to have a strong smell, it looks like the real deal, this time. According to reviews, it’s shown actual effectiveness against various scars, which should also make it efficient in treating stretch marks. One major downside, unfortunately, is the tremendously high price. On the other hand, it is tested and verified (both by scientists and users), so at least you know what you’re getting.
Edens Garden Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil
I love this product because multiple people say it smells nice, and while that may not be crucial, it can be important, especially for pregnant women with a sensitivity to smell. It’s also a very efficient wound healer, from what I can gather. I am recommending this one.
doTERRA – Helichrysum Essential Oil
doTERRA is a well-known brand in this field, so that gives me some trust in this product going in. This essential oil is excellent for skin moisturizing, wound treatment, and dealing with other health issues from what I can gather.
However, it is certainly pricey, and while users says that the extra bucks are worth it, I’d recommend buying this in-person rather than off the internet, to diminish the risk of getting scammed. Other than that, recommended.
Miracle Botanicals Organic Helichrysum Petiolare Essential Oil
While this isn’t technically Helichrysum Italicum, but rather Petiolare, as you can see, it is still recommended as a potent wound healer and seems to be the best for topical application out of the Miracle Botanicals product range.
While there are no specific reviews for this one, the brand itself is reputable, making me believe this essential oil is worthwhile.
Yes, I would say that Helichrysum Italicum can make a great addition to your skincare routine when combined with a carrier oil. It may also be a potent and natural weapon against stretch marks, so I suggest that you at least try!