Life Everlasting Flowers (Helichrysum stoechas)
The Life Everlasting Flower, or Helichrysum stoechas, is an herb indigenous to South and North Carolina. The Life Everlasting Flower, derives its name from the powerful aroma of curry when the leaves or stems are crushed. It is a member of the mint family.
A perennial plant, life everlasting grows to about one foot tall and three feet wide, flowering from July to August. It requires well-drained soil and can grow in soils that are nutritionally poor, though not in the shade. It can tolerate drought, but not excessive moisture.
Latin Name: Helichrysum stoechas
Common Names: Common Shrubby Everlasting, Eternal Flower, Goldilocks, Perpetua
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Energy: Cool, Dry
Part Used: Leaves & Flowers
As a tea: Use 1 teaspoon of the leaves and flowers in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. For best results drink 1-2 cups of Life Everlasting a day.
The dried flowers are often used in potpourri, flower arrangements, arts and crafts, homemade soaps and body care products.
Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution with Life Everlasting. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to Life Everlasting (usually a skin rash).
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.