Helichrysum in Corsica

by Andrea on June 8, 2008

Helichrysum Distillation in Corsica An inspiring trip to Corsica and France.

In Corsica, I visited a distiller, Michele, who I’ve been buying essential oils from this year. It was Helichrysum season, and I had the amazing opportunity to learn to harvest Helichrysum in the mountains with Michele and her crew.

Corsica is absolutely full of Helichrysum! It grows wild in the mountains and on beaches, and it’s planted in the fields. It is such a beautiful plant, with so many wonderful therapeutic properties–like skin, scar and wound healing, anti-inflammatory action, and emotional healing from trauma. It’s even great for headaches and pain.

HelichrysumIt’s so amazing to meet the distillers of these precious essential oils in person. All the distillers I’ve met, including Michele, are people who love growing plants organically, who respect and love the plant world, and who are dedicated to the art and science of distilling essential oils. This is hard physical labor! They’re always delighted to know how much we enjoy their oils, and how deeply healing the oils are for so many people.









In France, I saw an amazing field of Cornflowers! What a vibrant blue! This plant is distilled just for the hydrosol, which is often used as a spray to keep skin healthy. Cornflower hydrosol can also be used as eye drops to ease swollen, painful or tired eyes. As soon as I saw the plant and that amazing blue, I understood how healing this hydrosol would be.

Helichrysum and Cornflower are beautiful–they’re two of the simplest, humblest plants offering very profound healing effects!

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Inge Chakravarty June 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

Good morning Andrea,
I have been trying to find the site of Corsican essential oils in English because my knowledge of French is about zero. Could you help me there? I would be much obliged if you can. Thanks in advance,
and I would be pleased to hear from you.
Inge Chakravarty


Andrea Butje June 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Hi Inge!
I am not sure I am understanding your question. Are you looking for an online site where you can purchase essential oils that are distilled in Corsica? If you prefer, you are most welcome to email me with details that may help to clarify your question. My email is: andrea@aromahead.com


Su Ping June 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

Hi Andrea,
I will be visiting Corsica in July and would very much love to visit Michele and her wild Helicrysum distillery.
I would love to visit other organic aromatherapy farms and distilleries as well.
I would very much appreciate suggestions.
How do I contact Michele?
Blessings and Thank you!


Andrea Butje June 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm

How wonderful Su that you’ll be visiting Corsica in July. There are many distillers and it’s always worth asking around when you are there! Here’s the contact information for Michele Pantalacci: michele.panta@wanadoo.fr

Enjoy your trip!


Tracey December 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I love your article on distillers! I would love to visit them one day too.
I am trying to contact some distillers of Certified Organic helichrysum essential oil – are you able to put me in touch with any?
for a more beautiful world


Andrea Butje December 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

Hi Tracey!
Thanks for your nice message. I have a distiller directory that might interest you: http://distillerdirectory.com/
It is contact information and stories and pictures of all the distillers I work with (about 50 distillers in 20 different countries). If all you need is Helichrysum, email me: andrea@aromahead.com and I can help. 🙂


Avraham Sand June 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Hi, I loved your article! I will be bicycling across Europe and around Corsica in September. I would LOVE to meet a distiller or two of Helichrysum Oil, which we have carried thru third-party sources for many years. We need this Oil in Israel, one of my home bases, to treat severe wounds and infections in a war-torn land. I would really appreciate it if you would Email me a contact person or company or two in Corsica that I could visit and possibly hook up with as a supplier, when I am there. Also any other info that will lead me to the right area in Corsica, or hints that will help me along my way there.


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