Helichrysum essential oil is used to treat acne, allergies, anxiety and arthritis. It is also used to treat eczema, fever, sunburn and insect bites. Preliminary studies indicate helichrysum essential oil may have antibacterial and antifungal properties, but further study is needed, according to About.com.
Helichrysum essential oil derives from a plant in the sunflower family. The oil is used in aromatherapy and mixed with carrier oils for topical application. Because of the potential for skin irritation, a skin patch test is recommended before using helichrysum or other essential oils, says About.com.
Aromatherapy oils are not safe to ingest or to use near the eyes or mouth. They are also not safe for children under 5 years of age, according to WebMD.