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Italian strawflower (Helichrysum italicum)


antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, skin regenerating, strengthening, pain-relieving, calming, restorative

Areas of application:

Bruises, bruises, muscle tension, sciatica pain, sports injuries, calms fears, provides comfort, skin problems, anti-aging, cold symptoms, cough, hoarseness, exhaustion, stress, rheumatism, arthritis, promotes the liver, relieves cramps, improves digestion, gallbladder inflammation

Plant parts used:

Leaves, flowers, essential oil

Collection time:

May to August

To find:

In southern Europe, on fields, dry hills, on rocks and cliffs.


Carboxylic acids, essential oil, bitter substances, borneol


☕ 3 tablespoons of dried flowers are poured with 500 ml of boiling water and left to steep overnight. Then strain and drink 3 times a day on an empty stomach.

Italian strawflower grows as a subshrub and can reach a height of between 20 and 60 cm. It is strongly branched from the lower part and has grayish-white, tomentose hair. The leaves are alternate and sessile. They are narrow, linear, with a rolled edge. The entire inflorescence is dense and umbel-like, where the cup-shaped golden-yellow and narrow bell-shaped partial inflorescences are located. The flower heads only contain yellow tubular flowers. The flowering period is from May to August.

There are 6 subspecies of Helichrysum italicum: Helichrysum italicum (Roth) G.Don subsp. italicum, Helichrysum italicum subsp. microphyllum (Willd.) Nyman (syn. Helichrysum microphyllum Willd.), Helichrysum italicum subsp. picardii (Boiss. & Reut.) Franco, Helichrysum italicum subsp. serotinum (Boiss.) P.Fourn. (Syn.: Helichrysum serotinum Boiss.) and Helichrysum italicum subsp. siculum (Jord. & Fourr.) Galbany, L.Sáez & Benedí

When it is particularly warm, the flowers and leaves smell strongly of curry.

The essential oil of Italian strawflower / immortelle (Italian) is mainly used. The plants in southern Europe need to be considered much more closely than these in Germany.

In the kitchen you can use the young leaves and shoots to season sauces, rice, fish and meat dishes and fillings. The branches are briefly boiled and then removed again. The essential oil is used as a flavoring to enhance the fruit flavor of candy, ice cream, baked goods, soft drinks, and chewing gum.

Dried inflorescences are used in bouquets in floristry.

For a firming body oil: 30 ml sesame oil as a base oil and 5 drops of immortelle, 5 drops of grapefruit and 2 drops of lavender as essential oils

Sports spray: Mix 50 ml immortelle water, 50 ml St. John's wort oil and 10 drops of juniper berries in a spray bottle and use and massage in for stressed muscles.

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