Everlasting flower or helichrysum italicum
Origin and description
It belongs to the asteracea family.
It is characterised by its silvery and furry leaves, and above all by its small yellow flowers in clusters that do not fade.
Its name comes from the Greek helios (sun) and chrysos (golden).
It is commonly found in the Mediterranean basin, preferring arid and sun-kissed soils.
It was described for the first time in Italy, hence its name italicum, but it is also found in Corsica.
On the estate it is grown, harvested and distilled according to ECOCER organic certification standards.
Its yield during distillation is very low. One tonne of flowers is needed to make 1 kilo of essential oil, which is why it costs so much.
The plant has a strong fragrance of curry, and the perfume of its essential oil is not very pleasant, but it is very efficient.
The neryl acetate and italidione content is high in this oil, giving it pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, healing and decongestant properties.
Common therapeutic indications
The everlasting flower’s active ingredients in herbal medicine have been proven.
It is called the “super Arnica”, because it is 1,000 times more powerful.
It therefore needs to be administered in small doses.
It acts on capillary permeability, reducing the stagnation of lymph glands and blood.
It is used in dyspepsia (heartburn and stomach acid), bruises, circulatory problems (varicosities, varicose veins, phlebitis, as a veno- and lympho-tonic, Reynaud’s disease), skin problems (scars, surface wounds, burns, blotches, stretch marks, eczema, acne, wrinkles, sores), arthritis, rheumatism, and as a decongestant for the airways (colds, natural expectorant).
Use and dosage
In the form of essential oil, the everlasting flower is often diluted in another vegetable oil (e.g. Argan or Jojoba)
- As a local treatment for skin problems, dilute 6 drops in 30 ml of Jojoba or Argan oil.
- As a night cream, dilute 10 drops in 50 ml of cream
- In the bath, dilute 10 drops.
- For use in a spray/diffuser, 10 drops.
- For inhalation in respiratory problems, put 5 drops in a bowl of hot water.
- In an infusion for dyspepsia, put a handful of flowers in a saucepan, bring to the boil and then put the mixture in the refrigerator.
As in all essential oils, allergic reactions may occur. It is always best to try a drop on your arm and wait 48 hours.
The use of everlasting flower is not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breast-feeding.
Not recommended for young children.
Not recommended for people suffering an obstruction of the bile ducts or taking anticoagulation therapy.