Immortelle is a Mediterranean plant that grows on sunny rocks, up to 60 cm high, it has narrow leaves and yellow flowers. The most useful parts of the plant are leaves and flowers. Immortelle loves a lot of sunshine.
The essential oil can only be made with dried flowers that are at least three years old. The percentage of essential oil in that small yellow flower is less than 0.05%, so for one liter of essential oil, we need more than one tone of the fresh flower. Immortelle essential oil is one of the most valued essential oils in the world. Its name is helichrysum in Latin which means “golden sun”. Immortelle is also known as a “never-to-die plant”, so it often carries epithets such as “immortal” or “immortelle”, meaning “immortal” or “eternal”.
Immortelle essential oil is traditionally used in Mediterranean countries such as Croatia, Italy, and France. The oldest ways of extracting active substances from the immortelle flowers are so-called maceration: submerging fresh plants in various vegetable oils and distillation. Macerat, a semi-finished product obtained by this process, is very intense and is used for the production of the face and body creams. Today, immortelle is mostly distilled and the essential oil is used to reduce the effects of premature aging and maintenance of youthful skin appearance. Immortelle essential oil prevents wrinkle formation, helps to slow skin aging and wrinkle formation and maintains a fresh skin look.