Immortelle (lat.: Helichrysum, a.k.a. everlasting, the curry plant, and Italian strawflower) is a genus of about 500 species. It's an intensely aromatic shrub with bright yellow flowers. When dried, the flowers retain their shape and color, giving the herb its other names: everlasting and Immortelle. In folk medicine, Immortelle was often used for skin conditions and healing scars. In Africa, this plant is traditionally used to treat rheumatism due to its potent anti-inflammatory effect. Immortelle is also assumed to be one of the herbs that Moses used to help protect the Israelites from the plagues in the Old Testament. In modern Italy, its curry-like flavor made it a widely used spice. Immortelle does have a curry-like scent, but the taste is more bitter, like sage or wormwood. In Syria, the helichrysum flower is an ingredient of the widely-consumed multicomponent herbal tea "Zahraa."
Research has found that Immortelle reduces muscle, joint, and nerve pain by improving circulation and lowering inflammation and swelling. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties make this medicinal plant an effective pain reliever for symptoms of exercise-related injuries, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. When it comes to treating arthritis, the activity of the Immortelle is very similar to cortisone! The Immortelle bright yellow, aromatic flowers add a spicy and slightly bitter taste when added to the herbal infusion. Wildcrafted Immortelle is synergistically blended into our proprietary herbal infusion INFLAMMATION AID for maximum effectiveness in inflammation reduction and distinctively pleasant taste.
☛ Digestive Health
Immortelle helps stimulate the secretion of gastric juices that are needed to break down food and prevent indigestion. It also stimulates the liver, gallbladder, kidney, spleen, and pancreas. In addition, Immortelle is a known diuretic and helps reduce bloating by drawing excess water out of the body and relieving stomach aches.
☛ Immune Support & Respiratory Health
Since a large portion of the immune system is located within the gut, the gut-healing and anti-inflammatory properties of Immortelle effectively boost immunity. In addition, Immortelle has mucolytic, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties treating sinus infections, bronchitis, and coughs.
☛ Pain Relief
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make Immortelle effective in rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Immortelle oils and extracts are often used externally to soothe muscle and joint pain. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of Immortelle could reduce symptoms related to an infection, such as swelling, pain, and redness.
What is Immortelle good for?
Immortelle is used to reduce inflammation, promote the healing of wounds and burns, stimulate digestion, boost the immune system, and soothe muscle and arthritis pain.
Scientific research on Immortelle:
Antunes Viegas D;Palmeira-de-Oliveira A;Salgueiro L;Martinez-de-Oliveira J;Palmeira-de-Oliveira R; (n.d.). Helichrysum italicum: from traditional use to scientific data. Journal of ethnopharmacology. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24239849/.
A., & Demir, A. (n.d.). Antimicrobial effect of Helichrysum plicatum subsp. plicatum. Taylor & Francis. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13880200802590434.
Maroyi, A. (n.d.). Helichrysum caespititium (DC.) Harv.: Review of its medicinal uses, phytochemistry and biological activities. https://www.japsonline.com/admin/php/uploads/2935_pdf.pdf.