Helichrysum, commonly known as the everlasting flowers, is characterized by multiple species that are employed for its use in curries and essential oil for its spectacular pharmacological actions. It has earned the name ‘the everlasting flower’ because of its capability to rejuvenate the skin, all the while keeping it healthy and beautiful.
Helichrysum is a perennial flowering plant that can grow up to a height of 20 to 40 inches. The leaves of this genus are oblong to lanceolate. The reason for its extremely celebrated beauty is the cheerful flowers with stiff paper-like petals that unfold only to reveal the vibrant colors. The species of the Helichrysum genus also contain petal-like bracts that emerge in a wide array of shades, including white, pink, orange, and red.
Due to its diversified usage, Helichrysum is hailed by a good load of names like St. John’s weed, goldilock, curry plant, Italian straw plant, harnblumen, eternal flower, and so forth.
The chief biologically active phytochemicals of everlasting flowers include pinene, italidone, limonene, curcumene, nerole, and acetophenone. Its essential oil and juices are used to heal the wounds, cuts, bruises, ulcers, and excessive sexual desire. Its infusions are used for sore throat. The dried everlasting flower tops are kept under the pillows to calm the one who sleeps on it.