Immortelle

(Helichrysum italicum)

The name of the genus Helichrysum comes from the Greek words: Helios-Sun Chrysos-gold. Those two words are an association with the intense yellow color of the immortelle flower. the French name "Immortelle" and the English "Everlasting flower" emphasize the fact that dry bouquets of immortelle flowers retain their yellow color for a long time, so it is synonymous with immortality and eternity. In Chinese culture, the immortelle symbolizes a long and prosperous life.

Immortal healing

Immortelle is an extremely medicinal plant whose healing properties were forgotten, and then rediscovered. Homer mentions its healing properties in his Odyssey, and later Greek physicians used immortelle oil to treat burns, stings, bites, and urinary infections. during the Spanish fever epidemic in Corsica, the oil was used as a powerful bactericide and room freshener.

The first scientific research on the medicinal properties of immortelle oil was conducted at the end of the first half of the 20th century, as a clinical study on a patient with psoriasis. in folk medicine, immortelle flowers and leaves are used to make different forms of medicinal preparations for treatment.

Treatment:

- skin (wounds, scars, stretch marks, burns) - salves, creams

- diseases of the bile ducts and liver - teas, tinctures

- diseases of digestive organs (stomach, intestines) - teas, tinctures

- hematoma - ointments, creams

- problems with veins, hemorrhoids, broken capillaries - balms,creams

- problems with elevated blood fats - teas, tinctures

- problems with anxiety and insomnia - teas

- allergy, bronchitis and asthma - teas

Thanks to the knowledge about the medicinal properties of immortelle that was passed down from generation to generation, and later written down, the pharmacological properties of immortelle oil became the subject of scientific research.

The most important properties of immortelle oil are:

- antibacterial, antiseptic

- choleritic

- spasmolytic

- antioxidant