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Immortelle - genus of perennial herbs, dwarf shrubs and bushes family Asteraceae, native to southern Africa, Madagascar, Mascarene Islands, Australia and Asia Minor, even though the plants of this kind (which has more than six hundred species) are cultivated around the world. Latin name Helichrysum - Helichrysum - derived from the Greek words «helios» and «shrysos" and means "golden sun". Indeed, many species of Helichrysum bright yellow flowers, like the sun in miniature.
Harvest everlasting in the early flowering (in June), before the disclosure of baskets and dried, spread a thin layer in the shade. Immortelle has many medicinal properties, so is widely used in folk medicine and cooking. For example, the leaves and the essential oil of Helichrysum is sometimes used as a seasoning for meat and fish dishes. Everlasting uzkolisty gives light taste and aroma of the curry dishes of pork and beef. Leaves and flowers of Helichrysum added to salads, underlining their unusual taste. In addition, the leaves and flowers are often cook and eat in this way, adding to a vegetable stew.
Application of Helichrysum in folk medicine
The healing properties of Helichrysum is provided by the content of useful substances: essential oils, flavonoids, stearin, tannins, bitters, resins, ascorbic acid, carotene, vitamin K, as well as mineral salts and trace elements. In particular, contained in Helichrysum essential oil moisturizes the skin and promotes tissue repair.
. When muscle tension often have seizures, that is there is an involuntary muscle contraction
. In most cases, these cramps are brief, but it is very painful and usually occur in the muscles surrounding the heart, skeletal and digestive system
. Helichrysum essential oil contains sesquiterpenes - compounds with anti-inflammatory, sedative and anti-viral properties as well as bacteriostatic and immunostimulating effect - and esters needed to relieve muscle tension
. In addition, the esters have a harmonizing effect on the body, helping to restore the balance at any deviations from the norm
. With intense pain is recommended to apply on the affected area with copious amounts of Helichrysum essential oil and spasm mild to moderate intensity should be mixed Helichrysum oil, lavender and sweet almond oil and apply the mixture to the affected areas
Hematomas. In the fall or shock damage often occurs in the muscles of blood vessels, which leads to the formation of haematomas. In most cases of hematoma gradually disappear within a few days or two weeks. However, sometimes bruising continue to spread in the tissues, and to remove them may require surgery. Immortelle has anticoagulant properties and helps prevent the spread of hematoma. Add three or four drops of essential oil Helichrysum in a glass of water and drink for a few days until the swelling subsides.
Skin lesions (wounds, burns). Helichrysum Oil - the only essential oil containing di-ketones, substances that promote accelerated wound healing and prevent scarring. This anti-inflammatory and antiseptic so effectively that it can be used as a first aid treatment of open wounds and burns. Apply a small amount of undiluted oil Helichrysum the wound or burn, to stop the bleeding until the expected arrival of doctors. To prevent and reduce scarring, treat the wound closed with a mixture of Helichrysum oil, rose hips and calendula. Repeat for ten consecutive days, two or three times a day if the scars fresh, and within three to six months, if the old scars. To treat burns, add five drops of oil of immortelle, lavender and chamomile oil in aloe
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vera and jojoba oil and apply to the burned skin area.
Mucolytic action. When we get sick a cold or pneumonia, respiratory system allocates too much phlegm (mucus). Immortelle stimulates the hydrolysis, which encourages thinning mucus and facilitates its removal from the body. Immortelle also eases cough and shortness of breath. Mucolytic effect of essential oils
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Helichrysum is enhanced when mixed with eucalyptus oil. Mix three drops each of essential oil with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and rub the mixture into the chest.
Arthritis. Immortelle has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Mix Helichrysum essential oil with other essential oils with sedative effects, such as oil or lavender, yarrow
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Detoxification. Everlasting serves enterosorbent, cleansing the body from heavy metals and chemicals (lead, mercury, arsenic). In combination with rosemary oil everlasting removes fatty deposits in the liver and heart. Purification of toxins allows these organs to function normally.
Aromatherapy. Helichrysum essential oil can be used in therapy, since it has a calming effect, it helps to relax and relieve stress
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Everlasting contraindicated if you are hypersensitive and high blood pressure. Everlasting toxic, so it should not take more than three months, otherwise there may be stagnation in the liver. Helichrysum also contraindicated in pregnant women, particularly when taken orally.