Helichrysum italicum - Immortelle

Helichrysum italicum, a member of the Asteraceae plant family, is one of the most miraculous and powerful healing plants. It is native to the Mediterranean region and the Balkans, where it has been used for its many medicinal properties for thousands of years. It is best known for its regenerative properties and the ability to promote wound healing, making it a popular ingredient in cosmetic anti-age products.

OUR IMMORTELLE PRODUCTS:

1. ORGANIC IMMORTELLE HYDROSOL (PRICE: 13 €/100 ml (3.38 oz.))

2. NATURAL ANTIAGE FACE MOISTURIZER WITH IMMORTELLE AND HYALURONIC ACID - NEW FORMULA (PRICE: 53 €/50 ml (1.7 oz.)) ; more information: link

3. ORGANIC IMMORTELLE CREAM FOR VERY DRY AND DAMAGED SKIN - FACE AND BODY (20 €/30 ml)

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BUY: You can buy our products directly on our farm (by prior appointment, Dilici 15, 6274 Šmarje, Slovenia) or you can place an order via email (send us your name and address, we will send you a pro forma invoice): dragonjas.immortelle@gmail.com

DRAGONJA'S IMMORTELLE − Everlasting natural beauty

Our organic Helichrysum italicum grows in the Valley of the Dragonja River (Slovenian Istria). The lowest part of the Dragonja River has been protected since 1990 as a natural monument. On our organically certified farm Oljčni gaj Dragonja, which is also the seat of Biodynamic Association Ajda Istra, we grow Immortelle plant according to basic biodynamic principles and methods in order to protect and respect the environment as well as to encourage biodiversity. The flowers are hand-harvested in late June, in the beginning of July, taking into account the planting calendar of Maria Thun.

We produce helichrysum italicum essential oil and floral water or hydrolat/hydrosol, which are derived from steam distillation process. We also make immortelle's extract or macerated oil/infused oil.

In cosmetics, Helichrysum italicum is renowned for its regenerative, anti-aging properties and skin healing effects, and is often called "elixir of youth", "NATURAL BOTOX". It helps smooth both skin tone and texture, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

Most common Immortelle benefits:
The name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek terms helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. The name in various European languages − Immortelle (in French) Everlasting (in English), Perpetuino and Semprevivo (in Italian), Siempreviva (in Spanish) − makes reference to the "eternal flower" because of its flowers that never wither, not even when dried.

One of the reasons Immortelle essential oil is so praised and precious is because it takes approx. 1 ton of immortelle to produce just 1 kg of essential oil, compared to Lavander, which yields 8 kg of oil.

In recent years scientific studies have shown what traditional populations have known for centuries: Immortelle essential oil can be used for skin inflammation, wound healing, for reducing the appearance of blemishes, the appearance of scars, for digestive problems, for supporting the nervous system and heart health and healing respiratory conditions, etc. The plant possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties. Traditionally, Immortelle has been used also to treat asthma, bronchitis, to alleviate disorders of the kidneys and the pancreas, to treat headaches, to treat various skin conditions, hematoma, to alleviate muscle pain, etc.

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Essential oil has many different full-body benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Its benefits and uses:
  • reduces the appearance of wrinkles, regenerates the skin,
  • speeds the healing of damaged skin, reduces scars, burns, incisions,
  • alleviates irritated skin,
  • for acne treatment and skin allergies,
  • anti-inflammatory, antiviral,
  • treats respiratory problems,
  • helps with digestive problems, etc.
  • used as daily tonic, for irritated, mature, tired skin
  • after-shave water,
  • anti-aging: it tightens, tones, firms skin, boosts collagen
  • after sun, soothes sunburns and reduces redness, skin irritations,
  • speeds the healing of incisions and wounds,
  • reduces swelling and bruising, treats hematoma,
  • helps heal scar tissue,
  • reduces skin inflammation related to acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
  • used for mature, dry and irritated skin
  • prevents the development of stretch marks
  • for sunburns
  • anti-wrinkles
  • for post-operational wounds, heals scars
  • relieves muscles pain


Immortelle has therapeutic attributes, it helps with emotional exhaustion, it works against stress and has mile antidepressant effects. It is believed that it helps to open the heart and to move through emotional blockages and wounds and helps to reconnect with one's authentic core.

Sources:

Ascrizzi, Roberta and Flamini, Guido. (2017). »The antiaging properties of Helichrysum italicum (Roth) G.Don essential oil: collagenase and elastase inhibition activities.« In 112 Congresso della Società Botanica Italiana, IV International Plant Science Conference (IPSC) (pp. 60-60). Università di Parma.

Chemistry of natural compounds. 2005. Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Helichrysum italicum Essential Oil and Its Terpene and Terpenoid Fractions. 41: 35–40. J. Mastelic, O. Politeo, I. Jerkovic, N. Radosevic. Https://doi.org/10.1007/s10600-005-0069-z.

Cunningham, Scott. 2008. Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent. Foreword by Robert Tisserand. Fourteenth Printing.

HerbalGram. American Botanical Council. 2015. »Helichrysum italicum: The Sleeping Giant of Mediterranean Herbal Medicine.« Issue: 105: 34-45. Giovanni, Appendino, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Alberto Minassi, Federica Pollastro,  Laurea Mauro Ballero, Andrea Maxia, Cinzia Sanna. Http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue105/hg105-feat-helichrysum.html?ts=1588335083&signature=7abe4b4f5bfb1cea6de6f1a9975700ac.

Veit, Myriam. 2014. Zdravilna kozmetika iz narave. Založba narava.

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