The genus Helichrysum consists of an estimated 600 species, in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
Helichrysum italicum (also known as Helichrysum angustifolium) is steam distilled to produce a yellow-reddish essential oil popular in fragrance for its unique scent, best described as a mixture of caramel and florals notes. Angustifolium means narrow leaved.
Helichrysum angustifolium yields are very small ranging from as little as 0.08 to 0.18%.
France is offering a viable alternative to the Croatian origin as harvesting restrictions over recent years in Croatia have resulted in a significant reduction in their annual production. Contrastingly France has been working to increase their capacities and will manage 200 kilo in their July 2016 harvest, an increase from 80 kilo in 2015.
The production figures in 2017 reached almost 500 kg, a marked increase on the 200 kg in 2016 and 80 kg in 2015. Both Croatia and France would claim that their oils are better than the other one. As both are key growing areas, the production figures are inching up; and this may soften the price of the oils. With the growing demand in aromatherapy
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