Inula Essential Oil (Dittrichia graveolens)


Inula may also be referred to as Stinkwort, Cape Khakiweed, Stinkweed, Camphor Inula, Inula graveolens. It is typically processed in France using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the flowering plant/herb.


The essential oil is known as the most effective oil for loosening mucous and deep congestion. It is also useful for acute and chronic respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, sinusitis, laryngitis and bronchitis. Inula graveolens is widely used in aromatherapy for the treatment of asthma. It is reputed to have bronchospasmolytic and mucolytic activity. Very powerful mucolytic aid.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Camphoraceous Earthy Fresh Medicinal Rich Slightly floral Slightly sweet

  • Common Name(s): Stinkwort, Cape Khakiweed, Stinkweed, Camphor Inula, Inula graveolens
  • Synonyms(s) for Dittrichia graveolens: Cupularia graveolens, Erigeron graveolens, Helenium graveolens, Inula brahuica, Inula graveolens, Inula quadridentata, Paniopsis graveolens, Pulicaria graveolens, Solidago graveolens

  • Botanical Family: Asteraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Dittrichia
  • Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Oxides
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Color: Yellow
  • Countries of Production: France
  • Indigenous Country: Corsica
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Flowering plant/herb
  • Shelf Life: 6 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Asthma Bronchitis Colds Coughs Laryngitis Sinusitis

Benefits of Inula:

Analgesic, Anti-allergenic, Anti-anxiety, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-depressant, Anti-fungal, Anti-histamine, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-tussive, Anti-viral, Cicatrisant, CNS depressant, Decongestant, Expectorant, Immune support, Mucolytic, Sedative, Wound healing, Refreshing, Stimulating

Therapeutic Benefits of Inula:

Analgesic Anti-allergenic Anti-anxiety Anti-asthmatic Anti-bacterial Anti-depressant Anti-fungal Anti-histamine Anti-inflammatory Anti-microbial Anti-oxidant Anti-spasmodic Anti-tussive Anti-viral Cicatrisant CNS depressant Decongestant Expectorant Immune support Mucolytic Sedative Wound healing

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Inula:

Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. It is also a very "hot" oil, and should not be allowed to come into direct contact with mucous membranes.