Helichrysum Italicum – Immortelle – Healing properties
Also called: Immortelle, Everlasting, Helichrysum italicum, curry plant…
According to Homer’s epic poem, the Greek hero Odysseus suffered a shipwreck and was trapped on the island.
When he finally returned to the Phoenician coast he met the divine Nausicaa, beautiful daughter of the king.
The secret of her beauty products is extraordinary oil of the flower that never fades, even when it is picked.
According to myth, the Greek god Apollo is at the entrance to Delphi wore a tiara of special flower, which is to remind the world of his immortality.
Although this is only a legend, it is known that there is a flower that does not wither, even when it is harvested.
It is an everlasting, lat. Helichrysum italicum, our domestic plant that is prevalent in the Mediterranean region, especially on sunny rockeries.
Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae syn. Compositae.
The word Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold., probably because of its golden color.
Also the name Immortelle ( Everlasting ) comes because flowers retains yellow color even when dried.We would add to these that this is a very resistant plant, and we have had cases where we found in the wild only dry branches who knows how old immortelle, and once we provide enough light plant would be miraculously revived again.
Regarding GC analysis Chemical Features to look for are:
Diketone content: italidione
Ester content: specifically neryl acetate
Sesquiterpenes content: b-carophyllene and γ-curcumene
Terpene alpha pinene.
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 (italdiones ) 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… It can even prevents hemorrhaging.
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 ). Our farm is near Mostar, city with most sunny day in Europe. Summer temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
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. Our experience so far are that this will happen very rarely, if we want a quality essential oil, because for oil quality immortelle must be collected at the time of full maturity.
Helichrysum oil is anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, and astringent. This plant is sometimes used as a spice.
Modern science these days confirms what old people have known for decades and centuries. Immortelle essential oil contains unique properties that make it an antioxidant, ananti-inflammatory, an antibacterial and antifungal.
Current most popular uses are for treating wounds,scars, infections, digestive problems, helping the nervous system and heart health, and healing respiratory conditions making these plant and essential oil almost too good to be true.
Traditional Mediterranean medicine use helichrysum oil for centuries. Also Helichrysums are well known and popular as traditional South Africa medicine.
Its flowers and leaves are the most useful parts of the plant. There is numerous different ways to treat conditions and some of them are:
Allergies, Acne, Colds, Wound healing, Skin inflammation, Infections, Indigestion and Acid Reflux, Inflammation of the muscles and joints makinf it ideal for sport masage, Gallbladder disorders, Constipation, Liver diseases, Gallbladder disorders, Candida, psoriasis, Insomnia, Stomachaches, Bloating and list goes on.
Most of its traditionally claimed applications are not yet scientifically proven, but research from day to day prove more and more healing effects of these miracle plant that nature gave to us.
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