3 Healing Essential Oils: Vetiver, Lavender, Helichrysum!

by Andrea Butje on October 2, 2013

Here are three of my favorite healing essential oils!

Vetiver, Lavender (L. angustifolia) and Helichrysum (H. italicum) are three powerful healing essential oils, and each has a host of uses. Below are a few popular uses.



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Carlene Boyett May 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Can someone please tell me what oil is the best to use on a hematoma to help bring down the swelling? I am using helichrysum for the bruising but still have extreme swelling.

Thank you,


Andrea Butje May 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Hi Carlene,
There are many wonderful essential oils that do help reduce inflammation. With hematoma they may help to some extent.

As an Aromatherapist I use essential oils to support wellness and since I am not a medical doctor I can’t advise for hematoma. I can recommend to consult with your medical professional about the symptoms you are experiencing and the use of essential oils in your specific circumstances.


debora cadene January 27, 2015 at 9:50 am

was there more to this post, or just pictures and I was also looking for the other comments but can’t find them


Andrea Butje January 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hi Debora – just the images! We’re having an issue right now with our commenting system, but are in the process of getting it fixed. Stay tuned 🙂


Maggie Mahboubian October 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

Yarrow tincture works for me as well. Just have to keep a bottle handy to re-spray from time to time which I don’t mind because it smells so good!


Peggy October 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I had the best of luck using lemon eucalyptus (primary oil, about 30%) with some additional oils for their lovely properties: cinnamon and rose geranium, and tea tree, which are also repellents — cinnamon can be very skin irritating, so use only a tiny drop or two. I was camping in Northern Ontario in the height of mosquito and fly season; it “out-did” the DEET of fellow campers. I put it in lavender witch hazel, and used it as a spray.


Ruby July 30, 2016 at 3:03 am

Mosquitos love me! How much of each did you use?


Andrea Butje August 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm
Lloyd October 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thanks, Cheryl!

I guess I can add my “human attracting” good smelling oils as I wish.

Repelling Mosquitos is one thing but not repelling humans is my other objective, however that concoction doesn’t like it should smell too bad!

So many thanks!


Lorena October 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

For repellent try this blend: Eucalyptus and lemongrass make a natural insect repellent very effective and delicious aroma. You can use in vegetal oil or using alcohol like splash is veru refreshing. Let me know how it works!


Cheryl October 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Hi Lloyd, I have had great success with Citronella, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus (the TTO and Eucalyptus are great for ticks too!) Lets see if Andrea (The Goddess of EO’s in my book) agrees.


Andrea Butje October 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Cheryl,
I totally agree!! 🙂


Joy December 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

Anyone know if this works for black flies? Those little buggers can leave huge welts. It’s almost impossible to go into the pasture during May and early June. Even the livestock stay indoors.


Andrea Butje December 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Jay it’s certainly worth a try! Let us know how it goes.


claire October 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi, could you maybe add some candle mixes?
like what different essential oils go good together, I am not very good at the top/middle and base notes. I would like to make an orange and cinnamon candle but not sure if I can just use two or if I need to use three and I dont know how much to get a nice one, please help!
I love your blog.


Andrea Butje October 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hi Claire,
Thanks for your nice message. I did a video on making beeswax candles, that might help a little. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajyz7FHSqbY
You don’t have to use 3 oils for your candles, sometimes I use just one! It is a bunch of experimenting, as it depends on the wax you use for your candle and which oils you choose. Cinnamon and orange is a great combination.

I also like using heavier oils for candles as the aroma stays around longer. I use vetiver, patchouli, spikenard, these oils help hold the aroma of the lighter oils like orange. Try taking Aromahead’s free online class: http://www.aromahead.com/class/introduction-to-essential-oils


Lloyd October 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

Do you know of a really effective mosquito repellent that does’t merely use Citronella?
I am trying the vitamin B1 method with mediocre results.
Citronella, although somewhat effective, has a distinct smell that doesn’t jive with a good cologne smell. Is there some formula that serves as a good cologne/perfume, but is also very effective at repelling Mosquitos.

Or is there some other method that doesn’t include DEET?

Thank you for all that you do, Andrea!


Andrea Butje October 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hi Lloyd,
I like to use both geranium and patchouli as they seem to be effective for a few hours and they have a much more appealing aroma.


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