Immortelle salve has numerous benefits for the skin due to its main ingredient; immortelle infused oil. It contains only 3 ingredients so it’s really easy to make.
Immortale flower, also called Everlasting, helps with many skin conditions:
- its wound-healing properties promote tissue regeneration
- it helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks
- it reduces breakouts on acne-prone skin
- it is soothing so it can be used to fade rosacea redness
- it is moisturizing and great for dry skin prone to cracking
- its regenerative and anti-inflammation properties make the skin firm which makes immortelle a popular ingredient in anti-aging creams
You can make immortelle infused oil required for this salve on your own. If you live in the area where immortelle grows; Mediterranean countries, Madagascar or France, you can find the plant in the woods. If not, you can buy dried immortelle flowers for making your own infused oil.
If you do not want to make immortelle oil by yourself, you can purchase it in a store or you can support small manufacturers that sell immortelle oil on Etsy.
This Is How to Make Immortelle Infused Oil
For making immortelle oil, you can use either fresh or dried flowers.
The process of making immortelle infused oil is the same as with jiaogulan infused oil that I wrote about or with any other infused oil. The process goes like this:
- Mash the immortelle flowers in a mortar or with your hands.
- Put the mashed plant in a jar and pour the olive oil (or another oil such as almond or jojoba oil) so that all parts of the plant are submerged. Close the jar.
- Let it stand in a warm place for 3-6 weeks (the more the better). Shake the jar once a day the first week, after that once a week is enough.
- After 3-6 weeks have passed, drain the oil through a thick cheesecloth.
- Put the infused oil in the dark glass bottle and store it in a cool place.
The shelf life of this immortelle oil is 6 months or less if olive oil has been opened for a long time. Shelf life of olive oil is 2 years, which means that if you used an olive oil that has been opened for 1 year and 10 months, this immortelle infused oil will last only for 2 months, as much as the olive oil used. See how to calculate the shelf life of your products.
Now that we have our main ingredient – immortelle infused oil – we can proceed on making immortelle salve.
The first time I’ve used immortale salve, I was immediately impressed with its effect. I’ve lost my peppermint lip balm and haven’t used anything to moisturize my lips for some time. My lips were a horror; all dry and cracked. But after only two applications of this immortelle salve, they were smoother than ever. My lips have never recovered faster.
Immortelle Salve Recipe
The recipe makes 100 ml (or 120 ml if using tablespoons) of salve.
- 25 ml (or 2 tbs) of beeswax
- 25 ml (or 2 tbs)of shea or cocoa butter
- 50 ml (or 4 tbs) of immortale infused oil
- Put the beeswax in a double boiler so that it melts.
- When the beeswax is almost melted, add shea or cocoa butter and immortelle oil.
- When everything is completely melted, remove from the heat and pour it into the container. Do this step fast because beeswax tends to harden really fast.
This immortelle salve is great for everyday body and lip care but you might want to avoid using it on the face. Beeswax is too heavy so it could cause breakouts if you’re prone to it. If you want benefits of immortelle for your facial skin, preferably use a product that doesn’t contain beeswax.