COMMON NAME Standardized: Helichrysum, yellow chaste weed
BOTANICAL NAME Helichrysum arenarium
OVERVIEW A native to the Mediterranean, the golden yellow flower heads of the helichrysum are collected before they open for herbal use to make aromatic, spicy, and slightly bitter teas. The name is derived from the Greek: helios meaning sun, and chrysos meaning gold. In areas of South Africa it has been used as an aphrodisiac and also as a food. Usually it is seen as a garden ornamental.
CONSTITUENTS Helichrysum contains flavonoids, notably naringenin, helichrysin, kaempferol glucosides, apigenin, luetolin, quercetin, scopoletin, umbelliferone, and essential oil.
PARTS USED Flowers
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS Helichrysum flowers are often used to improve the appearance of herbal tea. They are a key ingredient in the Zahraa tea popular in the Middle East. Any tea containing helichrysum should be strained before drinking. Helichrysum is also used as ingredient in soaps, bath bombs, candles, potpourri, confetti, etc.
PRECAUTIONS Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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