Type of plant: Bushy herb with very small, velvety leaves off long stems, each with a cluster of small yellow flowers
Part used: Flowering-head clusters
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: The flowers are comprised of dry bracts rather than petals and last a very long time — hence the name everlasting. Listed as a medicinal herb in many Greek, Roman, and medieval European texts. There are hundreds of helichrysum/ immortelle varieties, but few produce essential oil.
Principal places of production: France (Corsica), Spain, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia
When buying look for: A pale-yellow liquid with a warm, earthy, herbaceous, slightly floral and hay-like aroma
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, anticholagogue, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, cicatrizing, circulatory, diuretic, expectorant, hepatic, mucolytic, spasmodic, stimulant, vulnerary
Therapeutic uses: Pain, bruising, wounds, contusions, coughs, bronchial congestion, rhinitis, abdominal cramp, muscular spasm, rheumatism, arthritis, carpel tunnel, tendonitis, edema, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, circulatory conditions, ulceration, acne, pimples, eczema, psoriasis
Blends well with: Basil linalol, bay laurel, bergamot, chamomile roman, clary sage, cypress, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lavender (spike), lemon, marjoram (sweet), niaouli, orange (sweet), palmarosa, pine, plai, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree, thyme linalol, vetiver, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: Avoid prolonged use. Best avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.