Immortelle Essential Oil

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.