An immortelle tree, along with basil is one of the favorite medicinal and aromatic plants in the europe, which recently was in the focus of attention for its medicinal properties. The essential oil of this herb is sold at very high prices.
Its divine, sweet and very intense aroma from time immemorial has urged people to use it for cosmetic purposes. Known as imortela or “immortal”, this herb has received a reputation that has the power to erase the traces of time on the face, ie, acts against wrinkles and revitalizes and restores tired and mature skin exposed to internal and external influences.
Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum and Helichyisum arenarium) loves sun, dry climate, sandy soil with good drainage. And the name itself imortela indicates its function to grow where other herbs can not. The plant has small gray leaves and golden yellow flowers with unusual, intense flavor that comes from the precious essential oil. This oil is obtained through a steam distillation. Distillation must be done within 24 hours of harvesting, which is one reason why this oil is so expensive. One liter of oil immortelle is priced at € 1,800. Another reason is the small amount of oil in the plant, less than 0.05 percent, so that per hectare, planted with immortelle, can obtain about 9 liters essential oil per year.
Moreover essential oil, Immortelle contains flavonoids, coumarins, vitamin K and flavone apigerin. In traditional medicine is used mainly as a medicament for the treatment of liver, and stimulates the secretion of bile and pancreatic. The essential oil stimulates the discharge of mucus from the respiratory system, and there are antiviral and antibacterial action. The oil stimulates the lymphatic system, so especially recommended for the treatment of detoxification and cleansing the blood. Immortelle is also recommended for people who suffer from high cholesterol, most often in combination with dandelion and flaxseed.
Immortelle usually bloom in May, when and collected. Its colors are used for the production of essential oil, and for the phytotherapeutic purposes, besides color is used and the green part of the herb, while it is in bloom. The flowers and leaves contain very bitter substances phthalides and flavonoids. Although the tea immortelle has a very fine, almost perfumed smell, its taste is bitter. At that somewhat resembles of lavender tea, which also has a pleasant flavor, but with a bitter and unpleasant taste.
Immortelle acts as holeretik, ie stimulates bile flow which facilitates the process of digestion. So, should be avoided by people who have gallstones. In addition to acting on bile, increases secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and digestive enzymes from the pancreas. So Immortelle is ideal for those who suffer from severe indigestion.
Perfect Tool Against Hematoma
Its ability to slow the aging of the skin and maintain its youthful elasticity discovered the French, but its healing properties for the skin has long been known in traditional medicine. Distillation and separation of essential oil is a relatively new procedure, but the power of Immortelle ever been used as its golden flowers dipped in olive oil. The balsam, which are prepared in this way for 40 days, was used for the care and treatment of the skin.
Immortelle has a fantastic anticoagulant power and is an excellent tool for the treatment of hematomas. If in the place of the the trauma gets a drop of essential oil, the more likely hematoma to not appear more.
So, oil is recommended for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, removal of scars and treatment of infectious processes of the skin. In combination with calendula and horse chestnut is an excellent remedy for varicose veins.