Everlasting Sand belongs to the family Asteraceae. This plant is widespread in almost all of Europe and Central Asia. It is also found in the Ukraine, with the exception of the Carpathians, the Caucasus and the European part of Russia. Sandy immortelle grows in dry and rocky soils, in pine forests and steppe grasslands. This plant loves light and never grows in a completely shaded areas.
Everlasting Sand – a perennial herb with a short woody rhizome, stem branched root and woolly-felted single stalk height of about 50 cm. The leaves are growing at the roots – oblong-obovate, with blunt ends. The upper leaves are linear – lanceolate, pointed. Flowers immortelle lemon yellow, collected in globular baskets and have a very distinctive bitter-spicy aroma.
As a therapeutic agent, and in folk and modern medicine used inflorescences immortelle that contain bitterness, essential oils, sugar, high molecular weight alcohol, steroids, tannins
Fatty acids, mineral salts, carotene, trace elements selenium, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc and vitamin C and K.
Since ancient times, a decoction of the inflorescences immortelle considered the best cholagogue and is used in a variety of acute and chronic diseases of the liver and gall bladder. The people even appeared an association between the color of a person's face and jaundiced color of flowers Helichrysum. It was believed that the treatment of decoction inflorescences Helichrysum, jaundice can take just five days. Broth Helichrysum enhances bilirubin in the bile, stimulates bile secretion, increases the tone of the gall bladder, promotes the removal of sand and stones, normalizes the liver, removes pain, nausea and heaviness in the epigastric region in acute cholecystitis. To prepare a decoction inflorescences Helichrysum, you need 40 grams of the dried inflorescences pour a liter of boiling water and infuse for an hour. Drink the broth is recommended for a half-cup 3 times a day for 20 minutes before eating.
Due to the high content of bitter broth inflorescences immortelle considered remarkable anthelmintics, with which you can get rid of even ascarids.
Drink decoction inflorescences Helichrysum shown in chronic gastritis with low acidity of the stomach. Broth inflorescences Helichrysum improves the function of the secretory glands of the stomach, reduces inflammation, normalizes gastrointestinal bacterial flora, improves digestion, increases appetite, removes dyspeptic symptoms.
Broth inflorescences immortelle very well helps with hypotension and general weakness of the body, it raises blood pressure to normal, gives strength, increases the ability to work.
Broth inflorescences Helichrysum has a strong bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic effect, so it is advised to use in inflammatory processes in the kidneys and bladder. When women's gynecological diseases – vaginitis and coleitis – decoction inflorescences Helichrysum do baths and douches.
Contraindications to the use immortelle is a strong hypertension as everlasting inclined slightly raise blood pressure. Sandy everlasting practically does not cause adverse side effects, but too long use can cause the appearance of stagnation in the liver.
Collect and harvested inflorescences immortelle at the beginning of flowering, when the baskets are not yet open. Dry inflorescences protected from glare and well-ventilated area, are packed in paper bags and stored for three years.