Dragonja's Immortelle − Everlasting Natural Beauty

Golden fields of Everlasting − Immortelle − captivate our soul through its beauty and its scent. From this divine, enchanting plant I produce organic, natural and biodynamic hand-made creams of high-quality − under the trademark of Dragonja's Immortelle.

Helichrysum italicum, a member of the Asteraceae plant family, is one of the most miraculous and powerful healing plants. It is commonly known as Immortelle. 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.

In the first half of the 20th century, Immortelle flourished in Slovenia as well. Natural habitats have also been recorded in the Dragonja Valley.

Dragonja's Immortelle − Everlasting Natural Beauty

Dragonja's Immortelle biodynamic 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 my family's Biodynamic Farm Dragonja − Oljčni gaj, which is also the seat of Biodynamic Association Ajda Istra, I grow Immortelle plant − Helichrysum italicum − according to basic biodynamic principles and methods in order to protect and respect the environment as well as to encourage biodiversity.

The farm Oljčni gaj has been awarded the highest and the strictest standard for biodynamic agriculture worldwide − the Demeter certificate. Biodynamic farming is certified by Demeter and guarantees higher than organic standards and sustainable agriculture. The farm offers Demeter quality products: extra virgin olive oil, olive leaf tea, finely ground olive leaves, Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum) tea and Immortelle cosmetics.

The plant Helichrysum italicum has been awarded the highest and the strictest standard for biodynamic agriculture worldwide − Demeter. In addition, 4 of my products are of Demeter quality: Immortelle essential oil, Immortelle hydrolate, Immortelle cream (ointment) and helichrysum italicum tea.

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

My skincare products Dragonja's Immortelle are certified Natural and Organic (controlled by IKC UM). 4 products have a Demeter certificate. The products are handmade with love and passion.

Dragonja's Immortelle products:


BUY: 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

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.

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

Most common Immortelle benefits:

Description of each product and prices:

Packaging: airless pump (50 ml).

Price: 53 €.

Suitable for daily use for mature, demanding, normal/dry and sensitive skin.

The main and special ingredient is the Immortelle essential oil of Demeter quality.

This powerful moisturizer is really rich in Immortelle ingredients, as it contains not only our Immortelle hydrolate and infused Immortelle oil (in our Extra Virgin Olive Oil), but also Immortelle essential oil.

The innovative formula includes Hyaluronic acid, which has a powerful anti-aging effect on the skin. It provides intensive hydration, and stimulates skin regeneration and collagen formation as well. It accelerates the healing of damaged skin, in addition it protects against free radicals.

The moisturizer is handmade. It consists of organic, natural and biodynamic ingredients.

The synergy of other organic, carefully chosen ingredients, supports its main function: it effectively REJUVENATES, intensely MOISTURIZES, NURTURES and PROTECTS mature and tired skin.

The moisturizer penetrates quickly and deeply into the skin, thus enabling the active Immortelle ingredients to stimulate the skin's regeneration process and to accelerate cell renewal. Its daily use ensures complete moisture, helps maintain the skin's firmness and gives a youthful appearance as well as restores its radiance.

In addition, the moisturizer contains Vitamin E, Geranium essential oil, Palmarosa essential oil. Organic Shea (Karite) butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil) protects the skin and helps maintain its firmness, suitable for delicate and sensitive skin. Organic Argan oil (Argania Spinosa Seed Oil) which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamin E, acts as an effective moisturizer, it can also give skin a youthful glow and reduce the visibility of wrinkles, especially suitable for irritated, inflamed mature skin. Organic Coconut Extra Virgin Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Virgin) Oil) acts as a natural antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radicals. The fatty acids help reduce inflammation.

This product is Certified Natural (controlled by IKC UM). It contains 99,5% Natural ingredients, 86 % Organic ingredients, 45,2 % Demeter ingredients.

STORAGE

Store in a cool place.

More information on other ingredients:

1. Demeter Immortelle essential oil (Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil)
Immortelle essential oil has a powerful regenerating effect. Our essential oil consists of two special compounds, α-pinene and limonene, which prevent the degradation of collagen and elastin in tissue, thus contributing to firmer and tighter skin as well as inhibiting the aging process of the skin and smoothing out wrinkles (for more information, see the study: link). The essential oil soothes inflamed and damaged skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, it speeds wound healing, reduces the appearance of blemishes and scars, burns and cuts; it soothes irritated skin and reduces skin inflammation related to acne, skin allergies, rashes, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. It has antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It helps with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, stimulates bile secretion and relieves muscle spasms.

2. Immortelle macerated/infused oil in Extra virgin olive oil (Olea Europaea Seed Oil)
  • 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
3. Organic Argan oil (Argania Spinosa Seed Oil) which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamin E, acts as an effective moisturizer, it can also give skin a youthful glow and reduce the visibility of wrinkles, especially suitable for mature skin.

4. Organic Shea (Karite) butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil); contains natural vitamins and fatty acids which makes it very nourishing and moisturizing for skin; aids in the skin's natural collagen production.

5. Vitamin E − (Tocopherol) prolongs the stability of oils, serves as a potent anti-oxidant to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals. As an active ingredient it has nurturing effect on the skin. It protects against damage caused by UV rays and prevents premature skin aging.

6. Organic Coconut Extra Virgin Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Virgin) Oil) acts as a natural antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radicals. The fatty acids help reduce inflammation.

7. Organic Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which makes it beneficial for reducing acne, irritation and skin infection; used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and radiant skin. According to Cunningham, it promotes happiness and protection (Cunningham 2008, 90).

8. Organic Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon Martinii Leaf Oil) has antiseptic, anti-fungal, analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory properties, has skin-regenerative and tissue healing capacity, in skin care is used to treat skin problems like dry skin, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. It has a floral scent, reminiscent of rose due to the high levels of geraniol. Its scent calms and clears the mind. It has moisturizing effect, accelerates cell renewal and regulates sebum secretion, making it suitable for various skin types and skin irregularities, especially for dry skin. According to Cunningham, its magical influences are love and healing (Cunningham 2008, 122).

INCI: Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water***, Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil***, Argania Spinosa Seed Oil*, Glycerine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Helichrysum Italicum Flower/Stem Extract***, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coco Capriylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzyl alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil***, Cymbopogon Martinii Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Geraniol**,Limonene**,Linalool**, Citral**, Farnesol**, Citronellol**.*from controlled organic production; **from natural essential oils, ***from controlled biodynamic production - Demeter.
Packaging: glass bottle (100 ml) with spray.

Price: 13 €.

Method of extraction: steam distilled in a stainless steel distillation unit (fresh water is used);

Country of origin: Slovenia; pristine Valley of the Dragonja River − Istria;

100% natural and 100% organic, 100% Demeter;

No preservatives or additives used: to be used within 3 months after opening!;

Microbiologically tested;

The immortelle plantation is treated in accordance with biodynamic methods and principles;

BENEFICIAL EFFECTS:

  • regenerates skin;
  • tightens, tones, firms skin;
  • boosts collagen production;
  • speeds the healing of incisions and abrasions;
  • reduces swelling and bruising, treats hematoma;
  • helps heal scar tissue;
  • soothes sunburns and reduces redness, skin irritations;
  • reduces skin inflammation related to acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea,
  • mild antiseptic effects.


USES:

  • as daily tonic, for irritated, mature, tired skin; spray in the morning and in the evening, before applying a moisturizer;
  • as after-shave water;
  • as a refreshing water − spray on the face, body;
  • in an evaporator or humidifier;
  • as compresses and poultices;
  • for bath.


STORAGE

Store in a dark and cool place! Once opened, consume it within 3 months.
Packaging: 30 ml container.

Price: 20 €.

Immortelle cream is suitable for all skin types, but especially for cracked, sensitive, rough and very dry skin. It has a beneficial effect on damaged and inflamed skin - it regenerates, nourishes, protects and soothes the skin. Suitable for face and body.

The cream contains homemade infused immortelle oil, which has a benevolent effect on dry and irritated skin. It has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus helping with various skin problems. It helps prevent stretch marks, restore postpartum abdominal skin and improves the appearance of scars.

Immortelle essential oil of Demeter quality provides an additional regenerative effect.

The synergy of beeswax, extra virgin coconut oil and unrefined shea butter forms a protective film on the skin, protecting it from cold and excessive drying, in addition it soothes the skin.

The cream is 100 % certified Organic (controlled by IKC UM).

This product contains between 66 % and 90 % Demeter ingredients.

STORAGE

Store in a cool place.

INCI: Olea Europaea Fruit Oil**, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Extract**, Cocos Nucifera Virgin Oil*, Cera Alba*¸ Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil*, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil**, Limonene***, Linalool***. * from controlled organic production; ** from controlled biodynamic production - Demeter.,*** from natural essential oils.

Packaging: glass bottle (5 ml).

Price: 35 €.

Latin name: Helichrysum italicum

Origin: Slovenia, pristine Valley of the Dragonja River − Istria;

Method of extraction: steam distilled in a stainless steel distillation unit (fresh water is used);

Quality: From Organic agriculture SI-EKO-002, Demeter quality

Storage: Store below 25 ° C protected from light and out of reach of children and pets!

INCI: HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM FLOWER OIL

Ingredients: LIMONENE*, LINALOOL*(* from natural essential oils)

Flash point: +53 °C

Descritption

Immortelle essential oil has a powerful regenerating effect. Our essential oil consists of two special compounds, α-pinene and limonene, which prevent the degradation of collagen and elastin in tissue, thus contributing to firmer and tighter skin as well as inhibiting the aging process of the skin and smoothing out wrinkles (for more information, see the study: link). The essential oil soothes inflamed and damaged skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, it speeds wound healing, reduces the appearance of blemishes and scars, burns and cuts; it soothes irritated skin and reduces skin inflammation related to acne, skin allergies, rashes, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. It has antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It helps with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, stimulates bile secretion and relieves muscle spasms.

USES

  • add a few drops to your facial, serum, or moisturizer;
  • in an evaporator or humidifier: 1-2 drops;
  • for bath: up to 3 drops;
  • as compresses and poultices: up to 2 drops per 500 ml of liquid;
  • for massages and skin applications: up to 5 drops per 20 ml of vegetable oil.
IMPORTANT: When applied to the skin without rinsing, the concentration of essential oil in the final product (if mixed with vegetable oil, for example) should not exceed 0.1% or 0.5% for the products we wash off.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR USE

The essential oil is always used diluted and only for external use. Before use, take an allergy skin test.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

STORAGE

Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. Store in tightly closed original container in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place. Avoid contamination of soil and surface water.

Always consult a health professional before using any essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Areas and methods of application are taken from books or reference professional websites and are for information only. Use them at your own risk.


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.

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.

On biodynamic farming and Demeter

Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic and ecological approach, developed by Rudolf Steiner. Demeter is the trademark for food from certified biodynamic production. Founded in 1924, biodynamic farming is the oldest "green" farming movement and forerunner of organics. Today it is considered the most sustainable form of agriculture. Biodynamic farming is certified by Demeter and guarantees higher than organic standards and sustainable agriculture. Demeter farmers care about soil fertility, animal welfare and a balance in nature. Food in its truest form. Pure, unadulterated ingredients ensure that Demeter food is full of flavour and natural vitality. Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition - certified and recognised by the Demeter trademark.

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