Minimum Shelf Life: 6 yearsPlant Part: Flowers Perfume Note: Middle
Aroma: Camphoraceous, earthy, slightly floral, slightly sweetBlends well with: Angelica Root, Bay Laurel, Cajeput, Chamomile Roman, Lavender Wild, Lemongrass citratus, Lemongrass flexuosus, Rosalina, Saro, Yarrow
Sourced from the island of Corsica, world renown for producing exemplary essential oils such as Helichrysum italicum. Because of the unique Corsican growing conditions and climate, Inula essential oil produced there generally has a higher Camphene, Borneol and Bornyl Acetate content. Inula essential oil is also renown among skilled aromatherapists as the most powerful essential oil for all sorts of adverse respiratory conditions. From bronchial conditions such as asthma or congestion to the flu, Inula is an impressive mucolytic although this remarkable essential oil does not possess the degree of camphoraceous notes one would expect as is generally the case with mucolytic essential oils. The aroma is camphoraceous as evidenced by its Camphene content, but there is a unique slightly floral sweetness that transforms this essential oil into a most pleasant aromatic.
In chest rubs and inhalers Inula essential oil is a must have! If suffering from sinus infection or flu/cold symptoms just a few drops in a diffuser bedside during the night opens sinus passages, gives clear breathing and is calming to the body especially during flu aches and pains. Blending with other mucolytic essential oils such as Angelica Root, Saro or Rosalina results in an extremely pleasant and comforting aroma for the diffuser.
There are scholarly articles such as this one on PubMed citing Inula essential oil an antibacterial against Staphylococcus aureus
. Considering the powerful mucolytic properties of Inula essential oil Robert Tisserand lists no known safety concerns or contraindications.
Oddly enough Inula is considered an invasive weed in many locations. Because it produces teeny-tiny flowers of minimal oil content the number of flowers required to distill a small amount of essential oil is great and ultimately reflected in the price as is with essential oils that the raw material to essential oil return ratio is low.
Although Inula is known for its aroma-therapeutic qualities this is an essential oil that can be used successfully in perfumery to brighten and lift while adding a slightly floral sweet note to herbal and spicy accords.
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