Common names: Helichrysum Italicum, Curry Plant, Immortelle
Helichrysum is a perennial evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region, where it’s been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Beside this beneficial properties, mostly found in its essential oil, we value this plant for its silvery foliage, warm fragrance and bright yellow blooms. This evergreen hardy shrub grow larger then taller. It has leaves all year round, while in flower from July to August. Established plants are drought resistant, wind tolerant and able to tolerate temperatures down to -10°c. On the contrary, plants don’t bear excessive moisture and overwatering.
Shrubs are generally pruned back to the old wood in spring, in order to maintain their shape and promote new growth. When growing Helichrysum members, sow the seed on the surface after the last frost of spring. It may be best to start grow indoors first. Germination will take up three weeks at temperatures from 18 to 23°c degrees. Helichrysum is steam distilled to produce a yellow-reddish essential oil popular in fragrance for its unique scent, best described as a mixture of burnt sugar and ham.
Modern science now confirms what traditional populations have known for centuries: Helichrysum essential oil contains special properties that make it antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. Many are its way to boost health and treats hundreds of conditions.
Helichrysum essential oil contains component ingredients that fights germs on the skin and hydrate to stay smooth and soft. As a result, it will treat skin infections, acne, pimples, and fade every kind of stretch mark away. It has the power to reduce heartbeat rates, allowing good relaxation in persons with sleep issue. An healthy tea can also be made from its leaves and flowers.