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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 54, on the spices trade with cloves
Antimicrobials, antiseptics and antifungals, useful against itching, acne and pimples, prevent premature aging and protect the skin from UV damage, are anti-aging and also counteract hair loss, action against lice.
Today we talk about beauty cosmetics that take us back in time, on the spice trade. Large ships that sailed the seas, passing through the Moluccas, circumnavigating India until reaching Europe with their precious cargo of spices, especially black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and, finally, cloves. And it is precisely with these images in the eyes and exotic scents in the nostrils that today we retrace the path of spices. We will make wonderful, and beneficial, beauty cosmetics at home using cloves! L...
Rosemary oil, the fluid of immortality
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, useful as anti-aging, against wrinkles but also in the case of acne-prone skin, soothes itching and dermatitis, even of the scalp, protects the beauty of the hair by counteracting its fall and stimulating microcirculation, antispasmodic and calming action, helps in case of cramps, abdominal pain and stomach pain, heavy periods, soothing for the mood, the aroma improves concentration.
Legend has it that Apollo fell madly in love with Leucotoe, daughter of the king of Babylon. However, the girl was kept segregated in the palace and by order of her father she could never be left alone. Thus it was that Apollo took the form of Leucotoe's mother in order to make her handmaids go away and be able to remain alone with the girl. But Clizia, a nymph in love with Apollo, insanely jealous, decided to report everything to the king of Babylon who condemned his own daughter to be buried a...
Slow Cosmetique, creams with silicones and natural creams
Properties, benefits and risks of silicones, let's shed light on a much debated cosmetic ingredients.
A little cream applied to the skin is enough to make it smoother and softer, even from the first application. This happens thanks to the silicones contained in the cosmetic product that create a kind of film on the skin and also make the cream easy to apply and with a non-greasy texture. So, all right? Are silicones in creams beneficial and safe ingredients? Not really, as we will see below. Silicones, how they work and benefits - Silicones are artificial products obtained from silicon. Sin...
Red rose, the queen of flowers
Tonic for digestion, stimulates liver purification, modulates the immune system especially as regards the airways, counteracts phlegm, cough, sore throat and cold, soothes burnt and chapped skin, counteracts wrinkles, acne and blackheads but it is also an ally for the health of the eyes, both when they appear swollen and when they are tired, irritated and red. The rose also improves mood, calms the nervous system and is a tonic for the whole organism.
It is said that when the archaeologist Howard Carter entered Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time in 1922, there was a scent of flowers in the air. And, from what is said, it seems that the thing that released this perfume was a bouquet of red roses, which Carter found on the pharaoh's sarcophagus, probably the last gift from his wife. Roses have always been a symbol of beauty and love, they are the sacred flowers of Aphrodite who gave them the wonderful red color by running once in a field of ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 52, aqua mirabilis or miracle water of angels
Antibacterial and sebum-regulating action, useful in case of acne and oily skin, calms and relaxes, anti-aging and illuminating properties.
Legend has it that when Aphrodite was born from the foam of the sea and set foot on the beaches of Cyprus, animals and magical creatures had gathered around her. And it seems that, in order to escape the gaze of a satyr, Aphrodite took refuge behind a bush that gladly gave its branches to the goddess to decorate and cover herself. This bush was the myrtle, which has always been a symbol of femininity and strength. Not for nothing, in ancient Greece many Amazons had a name that recalled the word ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 51, Aphrodite's beauty mask
Antioxidant and anti-aging, it fights premature aging, mild exfoliating action and therefore helps the skin to renew itself, radiant complexion, anti-inflammatory and healing action, also helpful in case of oily and acne-prone skin.
Near what was once the mythical city of Troy stands a mountain, Mount Ida, a mountain sacred to the gods and goddesses. On this mountain the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite competed for the golden apple in a beauty contest that would then lead to the Trojan War, and always on the slopes of this mountain Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, loved walking with his son Aeneas picking juicy ruby red fruits that the goddess adored. Well, these fruits were raspberries and the scientific nam...
Manuka essential oil, from New Zealand the anti-aging, antibacterial and antiviral remedy
Essential oil with antibacterial properties, useful against acne, folliculitis, cystitis, tooth decay and pyorrhea, also helps in case of candida, nail fungus and seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, counteracts wrinkles and photo-aging, proven antiviral action against herpes virus.
1769, along the coast of New Zealand, the prow of the ship cut the crystal clear waters making its way into the bay. All around the luxuriant and uncontaminated nature was the setting for fairytale landscapes. But the crew could not see these wonders since they were weakened by scurvy. The Captain knew that he'd have to find quickly a place to disembark and stock up on fresh fruit. Finally, in front of them, a beach! On land, the Captain immediately became acquainted with the local population wh...
Dandelion, the magic plant with a thousand uses
Anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating, digestive, tonic, diuretic, purifying, antidiabetic, liver support, anticancer properties, also useful to treat skin irritations and acne.
According to an ancient Irish legend, a long time ago, at the origin of the world, when human beings had not yet appeared, the gnomes and fairies were free to run in the meadows and woods. But everything changed when the humans arrived. The fairy creatures, to escape man's thirst for conquest, had to seek refuge in the woods, among rocks and bushes. But for the fairies it was different, with their bright clothes they certainly couldn't think of hiding! And here's the magic, the fairies turned in...
Glycolic acid, the anti-aging and anti-acne treatment that comes from sugar
If used carefully and without exaggerating, glycolic acid reduces wrinkles, regenerates the skin, fights blemishes but also acne, scars left by boils and inflammation.
It is obtained from sugar and is considered a precious beauty ally, both for mature and young acne-prone skin. Glycolic acid is certainly a very useful and interesting product to combat wrinkles, spots, boils and acne scars, as shown by scientific research, however it must be used carefully, as we will see better below, to avoid incurring side effects. Glycolic acid, properties against wrinkles and photo-aging - Glycolic acid is a natural substance belonging to the group of alpha hydroxy ac...
Slow cosmetique, not only in salads, the properties of cucumber for skin and eyes
The cucumber counteracts puffy eyes and eye bags and decongests the area. Not only that, cucumber is useful in case of acne, regulates sebum production and soothes inflammation, but it is also helpful in case of sunburn, skin irritation and mature skin with wrinkles and blemishes.
Nature has a solution for everything! Slow cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to focus the attention back on the skin, is well aware of this. The basic idea is that a few simple and natural ingredients can give the skin, eye area and hair what they need. Small tricks are enough, such as not throwing away the leftover piece of cucumber when you have prepared the salad. Have you ever thought that cucumber can become a real beauty treasure? Let's see all the uses to make cucumber...
Mallow, the plant that cures all ailments
Powerful anti-inflammatory action useful to counter gastritis and cystitis, counteracts gastric ulcers, helps in case of cough, hoarseness, sore throat and inflammation of the oral cavity, excellent cleanser of acne-prone and impure skin, counteracts skin spots, psoriasis and couperose.
The Greek poet Hesiod laughed, in one of his poems, at those who did not know the properties of the plant, compared to real treasures. Orazio used to say that he ate only this plant, olives and chicory and Charles the Great ordered its cultivation in all the imperial gardens. We are talking about common mallow, a plant whose properties have been known since ancient times, so much that in the sixteenth century the doctors declared that anyone who drank a mallow tea for that day would chase away a...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 49, the white willow, poetry for the ears and for the skin
Anti-aging properties, reduces the size of pores, fights dark spots on the skin, attenuates and helps prevent wrinkles, makes the skin firmer and the facial features more toned, thanks to the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action it helps in case of acne.
For the Celts it was the tree of poets. The mythical goddess Ceridwen blew between its lithe branches that resonated in the wind and in this way her inspiration spoke to the only human beings, according to tradition, who had ears to capture it and transform it into musical notes. We are talking about the bards, the holders of knowledge and skilled singers of epic deeds, and of the willow, the plant that provided the wood to make the bard's lyres. But the willow is not only poetry for the ears, a...
Moringa, the miracle tree
Antioxidant and anticancer, protects the heart, helps to keep blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol under control, supports the liver and kidneys, tones the mind, strengthens the immune system from the attack of viruses and bacteria, useful analgesic action against migraines, anti-inflammatory, counteracts asthma and overweight, also useful for the beauty of the skin.
Few things are certain in life, but one thing was sure. Anyone who went to see Fidel Castro, whether he or she was a head of state or a celebrity from the world of sport or show business, had to go through his garden. And above all that person had to listen to him describe in detail the beneficial properties of a particular plant, his favorite, of which he had a personal cultivation, the moringa, or miracle tree. Not only that, it is also said that Fidel Castro used to chew moringa leaves like c...
Ylang ylang Essential oil, the pampering for skin, hair and mood
Relaxing, hypotensive and sedative, promotes good sleep, calms and reduces blood pressure, thanks to the antioxidant, antibacterial and sebum-regulating action helpful against wrinkles and acne, fights lice, promotes hair growth and health.
When asked by the journalist what she preferred to wear to bed, the legendary Marilyn Monroe replied with a phrase destined to be remembered, “Chanel number 5”. But what does a perfume that made history have to do with ylang ylang essential oil? Well ... the flower of flowers, as the ylang ylang is also called, loved by Coco Chanel is one of the main ingredients of Chanel number 5 perfume! But ylang ylang not only has a sweet and exotic scent, which captivates, it is also an essential oil that a...
Maskne, tips and remedies against mask acne
Small tips for every day to combat acne and dermatitis caused by the use of protective masks.
Maskne is a term coined in recent months to indicate various disorders affecting the skin of the cheeks and chin due to the use of protective masks. Maskne can be a real worsening of acne in those who are predisposed but it can also be folliculitis or dermatitis in the case of sensitive skin. For our protection and the protection of others we are called to wear the mask even for several hours a day and very protective masks, such as KN95, since they adhere more, increase the risk of maskne even ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 47, honey voice
Honey is a precious cosmetic ingredient, it is antibacterial, soothing, emollient and anti-aging, useful in case of dandruff, acne but also to delay the appearance of wrinkles.
Quid sirenes cantare sint solitae? Translated from Latin, what did the sirens sing? According to Suetonius, this question the emperor Tiberius delighted to ask the wise men of his time. But the truth is that even Tiberius didn't know the answer. All that was known was a small clue inserted in Homer's Odyssey in the chapter dedicated to the adventure of Ulysses with the sirens, whose song was the sweet voice of ... honey. Just like that, honey, since ancient times, was considered something divine...
Slow Cosmetique, face masks and fruit scrubs
Bananas, kiwis, apples and avocados, when the fruit is too ripe to be eaten it should not be thrown away, but used to prepare beneficial beauty masks and scrubs, to counteract the aging processes, signs of fatigue, acne, blackheads and greasy skin.
What to do with that overripe kiwi that nobody wants to eat? Or with that banana forgotten in the cupboard? Do not throw these fruits away, in fact, you can use them as a base ingredient for fantastic beauty masks or scrubs. Banana, revitalizing mask - Banana is a precious source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, phenols and vitamin E, useful to counteract the aging processes, wrinkles and dull complexion (Khoozani et al, J Food Sci Technol, 2019). Cocoa, another ingredient in ...
Slow cosmetique, how to clean the skin without attacking it
Small ideas to clean the skin without attacking it but respecting its natural balance and avoiding a worsening of acne, blackheads, greasy skin and dull skin.
The skin is the largest organ we have, it is the connection between our body and the outside, it protects us. However, sometimes we forget that the skin is also very delicate and it often happens to mistreat it with very aggressive products when it comes to cleaning it. Whenever we act on the skin we modify it, even using simple water can temporarily alter the protective barrier of the skin (Gfatter et al, Dermatology, 1997). However, there are products that more than others alter the balance of...
Black spruce essential oil, the Christmas essence that is good for the brain, lungs, skin and hair
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, calming and neuroprotective, this essence fights inflammation of the respiratory tract, insomnia and sadness, soothes irritated skin and calms dermatitis, fights dandruff and acne.
Christmas is warmth, sweet sensations but also balsamic aromas that envelop us, giving calm, freeing the mind and opening the breath. Today we see the properties of a very particular essential oil, in fact we are talking about the essence obtained from the branches and needles of the black spruce, scientific name Picea mariana. This essential oil, with its warm forest aroma, immediately brings to mind the holidays, the family gathered around the tree, laughter, but it also has another characteri...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 44, the legend of King Laurin and of the Rose Garden
Let's see some simple and effective recipes to prepare a moisturizing lip balm and a face mask at home using the anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties of rose petals, useful for all skin types, young, mature or dull.
It is said that a long time ago, in the mountains, lived King Laurin. His kingdom was prosperous and his people extracted gold, silver and precious stones from the rocks. Around the castle the king could admire every day a splendid rose garden surrounded, it is said, by a golden thread. That garden was the king's pride and made all the surrounding rock glow pink. One day, a king from the neighboring kingdom threw a party for his daughter's wedding but did not invite King Laurin. Laurin, however,...
Cinnamon essential oil
Antibacterial and antiviral action, useful for respiratory health, an aid against acne and skin aging, anti-anxiety and anti-depression action, for oral health, anti-cellulite.
With its warm and spicy aroma cinnamon essential oil recalls holidays, family warmth and serenity. This essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum of the Lauraceae family. Its main active ingredient is given by the substance called cinnamaldehyde, then followed by eugenol. These substances give the essence its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and blood flow stimulating properties (Rao et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 42, how the linden became a symbol of rebirth, the myth of Filira
The linden is emollient, protects the skin and makes it elastic and hydrated, useful in case of skin irritated by atmospheric agents, acne but also dry skin.
Legend says that Filira, a nymph daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, lived on an island in the Black Sea where she led a quiet life between dives in the sea and walks in the woods. One day, however, Filira was noticed by Cronus, the Titan husband of Rhea and father of Zeus, who fell madly in love with her. But the two lovers were discovered by Rhea and Cronus, to escape the wrath of his wife, turned into a horse and galloped off the island. Due to this transformation, the son that Filira had from Cr...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 41, fragments of ancient beauty and the verses of Ovid
Young, oily and impure skin, dry skin, sensitive skin and mature skin, each skin has its own special beauty treatment.
I saw a woman crushing and spreading poppies macerated in cold water on her soft cheeks ... As frankincense appeases the wrath of the Gods, it will also soothe a reddened skin ... Small, wonderful fragments of beauty that have passed the centuries to arrive up to us. In this way, in fact, Ovid spoke, probably in the first years of the first century after Christ, in a poem, which he called libellus, entitled Medicamina faciei femineae, of which little more than a hundred verses have come down to ...
Ancient knowledge and medicinal herbs Part 1, eucalyptus
Antispasmodic, soothing, antibacterial and antiviral, stimulates the immune system, useful against asthma, cough, phlegm, cold, sinusitis and bronchitis, for the skin it fights acne and regulates the production of sebum.
Nineteenth century, Rome, malaria raged in and around the city due to the marshy grounds on which the city itself stood. But at a certain point something happened, some monks who had settled in the abbey Le Tre Fontane, in Rome, began to work the hectares of land around the abbey and planted eucalyptus trees. These trees grew strong and soon the health of the monks improved day by day. Immediately it was thought that the reason was the healthy power of eucalyptus, even capable of absorbing the s...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 40, the lavender that made Julius Caesar fall in love
Lavender is antimicrobial, healing and capable of regenerating the skin, thanks to its calming action it relaxes and removes stress, useful for counteracting insomnia.
Often the most important discoveries arise by chance, from an unexpected event, an error or an accident. Like the one we’ll tell you about today. We are in France, in 1910, the perfume and cosmetic laboratories are in great ferment and compete to invent and put on the market synthetic products and fragrances. Science prevails and nature and traditions must give way to industrial progress. And it is precisely here that in one of these laboratories an explosion develops, at the expense of Renè Mau...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 39, in an ancient papyrus the recipe for eternal youth
Anti wrinkle, leaves the skin soft and luminous, also useful in case of erythema and acne, thanks to the zinc content it helps to reduce enlarged pores.
The shovels dug relentlessly in the sand while the sun heated even the air that blew over the necropolis. In a race against time, to prevent the tomb looters at night from making raid, the archaeological excavation proceeded fast to bring to light the hidden treasures and wonders of a bygone era that belonged to the pharaohs and pyramids. We are in Thebes, Egypt, in the necropolis of El Assasif, we do not know exactly the year but, according to the historical reconstruction, it should be around ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 37, the legendary thyme that even the gods like
Thyme cosmetics are useful in fighting wrinkles and skin blemishes, they are antioxidants but also antimicrobials, helping in case of impure skin and acne.
It was Ariadne, the beautiful daughter of King Minos of Crete, who gave Theseus, with whom she had fallen in love, the ball of yarn that allowed the Greek hero to get out of the labyrinth. And it was always Ariadne who fled with Theseus to Athens, leaving behind her home and family. But Ariadne did not arrive in Athens, in fact, Theseus, taking advantage of a moment in which Ariadne had fallen asleep, abandoned her on the Greek island of Naxos before setting sail for Athens. According to a legen...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral, protects the brain and heart, helps control blood sugar and body weight, improves mood and fights stress, increases concentration, when added to bread, potatoes or meat helps fight the toxicity of those carcinogenic substances that develop at high temperatures, help in case of acne.
Rosemary, scientific name rosmarinus officinalis, is an aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family, native to the Mediterranean basin but nowadays widespread almost everywhere in the world. Rosemary is proudly displayed in gardens, vegetable gardens and balconies and, when rubbed between the fingers, its needles release a stimulating and fascinating aroma. But rosemary is also a great natural remedy, let's see what science says! Rosemary, properties - Rosemary contains active ingredients that give...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 36, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Scrub that nourishes the skin, fights the formation of skin spots, stimulates the renewal of the epidermis, soothes the skin.
Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Costa Rica, in the year 1820, an English brig under the command of Captain William Thompson is sailing the waters moving fast towards its destination. On board a priceless treasure, the treasure of the city of Lima, two hundred coffers of gold and precious objects, gold and silver bars, gold statues covered with diamonds and emeralds that were brought to safety, rescuing them from the fury of the civil war erupted between Chile and Peru. But such a treasure could ...
Winter savory essential oil
Antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal, useful in case of candida but also acne, blackheads and canker sores, analgesic and anti-inflammatory action, helps to counteract muscle pain and rheumatism, antispasmodic, counteracts cough and stomach pain.
Winter savory, scientific name satureja montana, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the steam distillation of the herb an essential oil with interesting properties is obtained. So let's see the uses and applications of winter savory essential oil. However, this essential oil should not be used in pregnancy and on children. Essential oil of winter savory, properties - Essential oil of winter savory is rich in phenolic compounds such as carvacrol, almost 60%, and thymol, 20% (Vidic et al, ...
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