Helichrysum italicum “everlasting”. pic via calphotos.berkeley.edu
Aw this cute little daisy comes from the Asteraceae family along with the chamomiles, sunlfowers, safflower, marigold, globe artichoke, echinacea and chrysanthemum among many others. Also referred to as “immortelle”, can you guess what this essential oil is good for ? Immortality and the fountain of youth spring to mind when I think of everlasting, it’s great for skin and has many other benefits.
I was very excited to get a new bottle delivered the other day. It has a sweet, honey-like aroma with undertones of spice. Sometimes called the “curry plant”, everlasting does have a complex scent, maybe with a hint of curry – but don’t let that put you off. A few drops of this beautiful oil may be all you need to electrify and bend and add depth and sweetness to the scent. You may find everlasting n a 3% blend (see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba) or on it’s own but it will be more expensive this way.
Helichrysum bracteatum – essential oil does not come from this Helichrysum but you may recognise this flower from your local florist
In aromatherapy today everlasting is used for:
– formulations in skincare to promote cell growth and act as an anti-inflammatory agent
– as a stimulant to the lymphatic system to aid lymphatic drainage and therefore allow the skin to expel toxins more efficiently
– aiding the symptoms of dermatitis and excema
– diminishing scar tissue
– healing wounds
– coughs, coughing and asthma
– according to Salvatore Battaglia (The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy) everlasting is great for liver inflammation and the organs of the gall bladder, spleen and kidneys – all the organs helping in detoxification of the body. We can see how this relates to lymphatic drainage too.
infinity = immortality
I use everlasting energetically as a way to connect us to our immortality. The Fountain of Youth lives within us if we are able to see we are simply a manifestation of the energy of our spirits. Our souls will return to the oneness of the universe when our mortal bodies fade away. It’s seems so poetic to use the french word ‘immortelle’ for this beautiful oil, and I encourage you to use it with this thought in mind.
The Fountain of Youth by Lucas Cranach the Elder c 1546 pic via en.wikipedia.com
Here a a few recipes for our sweet immortelle:
1. Nourishing Body Oil Blend
For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.
***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.
For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”
Be as beautiful as this amazing lady who has said the Fountain of Youth lies in your creativity-
Everlasting 3% 12 drops
Rosewood 3 drops
Enjoy life in this moment for it will change form soon –
Everlasting 3% 9 drops
Sage 1 drop
Pink Grapefruit 4 drops
“50 is the New 30″
Be young through the expression of your unique qualities, and youthful looking skin –
Everlasting 9 drops
Palmarosa 3 drops
Lavender 2 drops
Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.