Helichrysum Italicum – Immortelle
Also called: Immortelle, Everlasting, Helichrysum italicum, curry plant…
Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae syn. Compositae. The word Helichrysum comes from the Greek word helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold.
Some of the first knowing uses of helichrysum italicum comes from the time of ancient Greeks. It was known for its great wound healing ability, often used after battles which were frequent in those times. Helichrysum italicum plant is only known source of certain di-ketones which support wound healing and scar reduction. For that reason it is used in surgery, acne and bruises treatment, cuts, psoriasis, ulceration, dermatitis, eczema, irritated skin and list go on…
Smelling these unique oil will help to soothe away deep emotional stress and diffuse anger and destructive feelings.
In nature Helichrysum italicum grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground around the Mediterranean. It need lots of sun ( after all sun is in his name ).
Fully grown plants are woody at the base and can reach about 60 cm in height. If the climate is favorable throughout the year helichrysum can give two harvests, in June and October. one in The clusters of yellow flowers retain most of their colour even when dried.
Helichrysum oil have properties that make it an antioxidant, ananti-inflammatory, an antibacterial and antifungal.
This plant is sometimes used as a spice.
Immortelle essential oil become very popular in recent years, especially after various studies that have confirmed the healing properties of these plant, some even point to the very beneficial effect of treatment in people with breast cancer.
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