The Curry Bush is a small, aromatic, perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean region known for its striking appearance and distinctive scent.
Size: The curry bush grows to about 30 to 60 cm.
Leaves: The leaves are narrow, silver-gray, and covered with fine hairs, giving them a fuzzy appearance. They are intensely aromatic and release a pleasant curry-like fragrance when touched.
Flowers: The plant produces small, yellow, daisy-like flowers with a central disc surrounded by papery, petal-like bracts. These flowers are long-lasting and retain their vibrant color even after drying, so the plant is often called “Immortelle.”
The curry bush is prized for its aromatic leaves, which are used to add flavor to various dishes, particularly in Mediterranean cuisine.
Essential Oil: The plant is also cultivated for its essential oil, extracted from the flowers and leaves. Helichrysum essential oil is highly valued in aromatherapy for its potential therapeutic benefits. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and skin-regenerating properties, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products.
Medicinal Uses: In traditional herbal medicine, this plant has been used for its potential medicinal properties, including wound healing, pain relief, and as a mild sedative.
Ornamental Plant: Due to its attractive silvery-gray foliage and bright yellow flowers, Helichrysum italicum is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes.