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African Immortelle: from Plant to Essential Oil

African immortelle has been used in traditional Angolan medicine for centuries. Its properties have been recognized and used by local communities since time immemorial and have become an integral part of the culture and custom health practices. 

Today, African immortelle essential oil is also cherished worldwide for its rich, earthy aroma, and numerous properties. 

At Scents from Nature, we are proud to offer your company ethically sourced, organic African immortelle essential oil and samples.

We work in close collaboration with Angolan communities, and our entire production process is green, natural, and sustainable. We steam-distill the African immortelle plant to extract its essential oil, ensuring that it retains its strong features and unique aroma.

The journey undertaken by African immortelle from plant to essential oil is one full of discoveries and valuable insights – not only into the power of nature but also into its historical significance, traditional uses, unique features, and commercial applications.

 

What is African Immortelle Essential Oil?

African immortelle, also known as Helichrysum kraussii, is a native plant of Africa that is distilled into a potent essential oil. When it comes to essential oils from Africa, immortelle oil is one of the most recognizable. 

 

The Historical Significance of African Immortelle Essential Oil

Historically, African immortelle has been used in traditional Angolan medicine for centuries. 

Cherished for its rich, earthy aroma and numerous therapeutic and healing properties, African immortelle has been acknowledged by local communities, making it an essential part of their culture and health practices.

 

Traditional Uses of the African Immortelle Essential Oil

Traditionally, African immortelle has been used for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Throughout the ages, it has been applied topically to heal wounds or soothe skin irritations.

Impepho, Omphepho, or Malufite are a few other names by which the Helichrysum kraussii or African immortelle can also be known and used by local tribes, as an incense to invoke the goodwill of the ancestors, as well as protective or love charms.

African Immortelle: from Plant to Essential Oil

Unique Features of the African Immortelle Essential Oil

What sets the African immortelle apart is its unique composition, containing compounds known for their exceptional wellness properties. This makes it a highly sought-after ingredient in the skincare and cosmetic industries.

However, there is more to this very special essential oil. Other Helichrysum kraussii benefits include:

 

Aroma

African immortelle has a sweet and fruity aroma, known for its slightly floral, herbal, and savory scent with faint chamomile, yarrow, and mint notes. This rich, earthy aroma adds depth and complexity to fragrances, making it one of the best African-sourced oils available today.

 

Therapeutic Properties

Celebrated for its rejuvenating properties, African immortelle can help with scarring, acne, and stretch marks, or counter the effects of aging, especially when used as an ingredient in cosmetic or skincare products. 

 

Color and Consistency

The oil has a distinct yellow color and is quite mobile, indicating it's a thin oil – at room temperature (20 ºC) its density varies between 0.889 – 0.925.

 

Commercial Applications

African immortelle has several different possible applications and can be used in skincare, perfumery, and cosmetics for its skin-soothing properties and rich aroma.

These features make African immortelle a valuable addition to any essential oil collection, particularly for companies investing in unique, natural skincare and wellness solutions.

How We Produce African Immortelle Essential Oil

At Scents from Nature, we strive to ensure our production process is green, natural, and carried out in close collaboration with Angolan communities. Our methodology not only contributes to fostering local peoples and promoting sustainability by helping preserve the native plants of Angola but also ensures our essential oils retain their unique properties and aromas.

Naturally, this implies a meticulous procedure. To produce African immortelle essential oil, the process we use is that of steam-distillation. 

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how we transform the African immortelle plant into a unique essential oil:

  • Harvesting
    The first step involves the careful harvesting of the African immortelle plant. This is done under the principles of organic culture and through sustainable wild harvesting practices, in close collaboration with the community.
     
  • Preparation
    The harvested plant material – or raw material – is then prepared for distillation. To make sure we distill them fresh, our distilleries are in close proximity to where we harvest these plants.
     
  • Steam Distillation
    With the plant material prepared, we then use state-of-the-art equipment to extract the essential oil as gently as possible. Boiling water releases steam, which passes through the plant material (the entire aerial part) causing the oil glands to rupture and release the essential oil into the steam.
     
  • Extraction
    As the steam is now carrying the essential oil with it, the solution is pushed into a container, which is then cooled – condensing the steam back into water. Since the oil has a lower density than water, the essential oil is left floating on top and is cautiously extracted.
     
  • Storage
    The extracted African immortelle essential oil is carefully poured into a container for storage and prepared for shipping and selling wholesale as one of the best Helichrysum kraussii essential oils available. 

At Scents from Nature, we are committed to producing high-quality, ethically sourced essential oils. You can contact us directly or browse our online catalog to request a quote.

Commercial Applications of the African Immortelle Essential Oil

Like most African essential oils, African immortelle offers your company a blend of therapeutic and cosmetic benefits, making it a versatile choice for various commercial applications from cosmetics and skincare to perfumery.

Cosmetics

In cosmetics, African immortelle is widely used for its skin-soothing properties. It’s often found in products like foundations and concealers where it helps to calm the skin while providing coverage.

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Skincare

In skincare, African immortelle can be used for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps soothe skin irritations and promotes skin regeneration, making it a popular ingredient in anti-aging creams and serums but is also found in other skincare products addressing acne or sunspots.

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Perfumery

In perfumery, African immortelle’s rich, earthy aroma adds depth and complexity to fragrances. Sweet and fruity, this African oil has a pleasant fragrance, often described as a blend of hay and honey with a hint of tea, which makes it a valuable ingredient in perfumes.

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African Immortelle Essential Oil by Scents from Nature

Scents from Nature is proud to offer ethically sourced, organic African Immortelle essential oil, as well as in its conventional form. 

When you buy wholesale from Scents from Nature, you not only get a superior product but also contribute to the sustainable development of Angolan communities as well as a greater profit margin for your business. 

You can begin to experience the benefits of African immortelle today. Order your essential oil samples now and discover the difference we make. Let the power of nature elevate your products to new heights.