Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is widely known high-mountainous plant with silvery petals. It blooms in June-August. The amazing inflorescence in several flowers of white and yellow colors.
The asterisk of blossoming edelweiss is a national symbol of the Swiss Alpes. In translation from German this noble-white flower is identified with high noble cleanliness.
Since a long time the name of edelweiss is shrouded by legends and sagas. To find it is considered as success and clarification from negative, an opportunity to become stronger. Except their medical properties the popular legends give to it a magic force.
Edelweiss belongs to the so-called dry-flowering plants. For such plants characteristic is that they do not lose their attractive and useful qualities after drying. The people name it as flower of immortality.
This fragile-looking flower actually is the champion of resistance. In Swiss Alpes the difference between day and night temperature is very high. Therefore not many plants can sustain a night frost and day blaze of the sun. However the edelweiss remains alive under snow and sparkles of silver fluffy petals in bright rays of Alpine sun.
During evolution this plant bore strong ultra-violet irradiation, low atmospheric pressure and extreme temperature and weather changes and hence,it developed protective metabolites which the nature improved during thousand and thousand years.
As for chemical compound of edelweiss, is indicative the high content of flavonoids, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory components.
It possesses revitalizing, antioxidant, antistressful, toning up, anti-inflammatory effects, anti-fungal and bactericidal action, prevents from the effect of toxins, restores skin, strengthens natural defences of organism, slows down senescence.