This plant flourishes on the sunny hillsides of many regions in the world. It is so common that many people have passed it by without notice. It's other common names immortelle, and everlasting refer to the "everlasting" yellow color of the flowers once they are dried out. The derivation of the Genus name, Helichyrsum points to a reverence the ancients had for this plant; Helios, Greek for Sun, and Chrysos for Gold.
It is highly concentrated in essential oils. Many of the studies done on herbal products are actually not conducted on the whole plant, rather on isolated fractions obtained from the whole plant. Such is the case with Helichrysum. Many of the constituents from the distilled oil have been studied. Research worldwide is being directed towards finding natural antioxidants of plant origin. This essential oil has an amazing 1,700 ORAC score, making it one of the most potent antioxidant oils known. It has been traditionally used to sooth bronchial irritation.
Uses of Helichrysum
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