Helichrysum odoratissimum – Essential Oil


Pure essential oil, indigenous to South Africa. Steam distilled. Organically grown, locally sourced.

Common names: imphepho, liquorice plant, everlasting (English); mphepho (Xhosa); mphepho (Zulu); phefo, towane (Sotho); kooigoed (Afrikaans).

Botanical name: Helichrysum odoratissimum

Amber glass bottle with recyclable plastic cap and dropper.10ml



Essential Oil Summary

Plant Summary

Helichrysum odoratissimum, known as mphepho in South Africa, has slender silvery leaves and cheerful yellow flower clusters. Valued for its fragrant oil, it has been used traditionally for ritual purposes, and as a remedy for coughs, colds, and as an insect repellent. It can reach 1.75 meters tall, this herb looks lovely planted en masse as a low groundcover. With proper drainage and sun, it thrives in gardens and containers. Replace plants every few years for optimal health.

Creating with Essential Oils

Essential oils are also known as volatile oils. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants by steam distillation, resulting in a very concentrated herbal preparation. Essential oils are not safe to ingest but can be safely used in diffusers or topical first-aid and for cosmetic preparations like creams, shampoos, massage oils, and wound balms. As a guide use 1-4 drops in an essential oil burner, and 1 drop in 5mls carrier oil or a 1% concentration in topical preparations. Keep safely out of reach of children and animals.


Our range of indigenous, organically-grown essential oils are intended as part of an integrated approach to wellbeing. Information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition, nor replace prescribed medication. If on medication, pregnant, lactating, or undergoing surgery please consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils.


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