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Picrorhiza, or kutki
Picrorhiza kurroa, also known as kutki or katuka, is a herbaceous plant from northeastern India and Nepal. Its root has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine thanks to its hepatoprotective, digestive and healing properties. Science is also focusing on this remedy and in fact it is possible to find numerous studies on its properties. Let's see more about the effect of picrorhiza. Picrorhiza, properties - As reported by scientific research, picrorhiza kurroa has proven to be able to prot...
Copaiba oil is obtained by steam distillation of the resin of trees of the Copaifera species, belonging to the Fabaceae family. The oil that is obtained, available in herbalist’s shops and online, is arousing much interest among scientists and researchers thanks to its beneficial properties, which we will discuss in this post. Copaiba oil, properties - As shown by scientific studies, copaiba oil is anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antimicrobial, healing and analgesic (Guimaraes-Santos et al...
Vitamin K is a type of fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver. There are actually two types of vitamin K, vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Let's try to understand their function, their dietary sources and what is the daily requirement. Vitamins K1 and K2, food sources and functions - Vitamin K1 plays a role in blood clotting processes, it is the most abundant vitamin K in the diet but also the least active. Vitamin K1 is mainly contained in leafy greens, especially kale (145 micrograms in 1...
Feverfew, a plant of health and beauty
Feverfew, scientific name Tanacetum parthenium, is a plant of the Asteraceae family very similar to chamomile. Feverfew, properties - The remedy has a long herbal tradition as a medicinal plant and has been the subject of various scientific researches. It results that feverfew, thanks to its powerful active ingredients such as sesquiterpene lactones, especially parthenolide, and flavonoids, has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic action and therefore is a useful reme...
Fish oil pearls
Fish oil is the oil that is obtained from fish such as tuna, cod, salmon, anchovies, herring and mackerel. It is sold in the form of pearls and, today, is one of the most popular supplements used for its beneficial properties. Let's see better in detail! Fish oil, properties - Fish oil contains long chain Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids of the EPA type, or eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid. Scientific studies have shown that the intake of fish oil has a protective eff...
Moroccan mint, scientific name Mentha spicata var crispa, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family and is a cousin of the well known peppermint. Moroccan mint has a sweeter taste than peppermint and, for this reason, can be used for cooking as a scented and healthy dressing but also to prepare the famous Moroccan mint tea. Moroccan mint, properties – For what concerns the properties, the leaves of the Moroccan mint, rich in essential oils, result, like peppermint, antimicrobial a...
Rosa centifolia, the flower with soothing, analgesic and antioxidant properties
The rosa centifolia, also called Provence rose or May rose, is a type of hybrid rose of the Rosaceae family whose origin dates back to the seventeenth century. Its flower is characterized by a beautiful deep pink color with overlapping and fragrant petals. It has a very intense aroma, sweet and with notes of honey, that makes this rose an ingredient highly appreciated in perfumery. Rosa Centifolia oil, properties - The rosa centifolia also plays a leading role in cosmetics and as a natural rem...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 2
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a root with important beneficial properties. It is in fact anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and digestive, protects the heart and the immune system. But how can ginger be taken to maximize these properties? In today's post we see the most important food combinations and healthy preparations with ginger. Fresh, candied or herbal tea - Natural or candied ginger is an excellent ally against nausea. Moreover, if grated fresh on foods, such as fish, veg...
Hyaluronic acid, the beauty secret
What causes skin aging? With years and as a consequence of the action of some external agents, especially UV rays, cigarette smoke and pollution, the cutaneous tissues lose their moisture and therefore water that, on the contrary, guarantees tone, elasticity and mobility. The key molecule involved in the hydration level of the skin is hyaluronic acid, a constituent not only of skin, but also of the connective tissues and eyes. This substance is produced by the body and is able to retain water, h...
Glucosamine is an amino monosaccharide, a sugar, mainly obtained from chitin, a compound present in the exoskeleton of marine shellfish such as crabs. Glucosamine plays a role in the synthesis of glycoproteins that are essential molecules of the connective tissue, of cartilages and ligaments and, in the form of oral supplement, represents a remedy well known and used to treat arthritis, arthrosis and damages of the cartilages caused by injuries and trauma. The use of glucosamine results effectiv...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 3, the anti-inflammatory diet
Inflammation is a beneficial process to our health if it is precise, lasts a short period of time and removes the threats that can be toxins, bacteria, damaged cells. The inflammatory process destroys the aggressor and then goes away. A perfect mechanism. However, this mechanism may not work properly and inflammation keeps on acting silent in the body, in a chronic way, for years, and then blows up with aging and illnesses such as arthritis, Alzheimer, allergies, cardiovascular problems and canc...
Dressing salad, legumes or cooked vegetables with vinegar to make each dish tastier is often an automatic gesture. But vinegar is not just a condiment that gives character to different recipes, it also has interesting healthy properties that depends on the type of vinegar. Yes, because there is not only wine or apple cider vinegar, but also berry fruit, honey, rice, coconut or raspberry vinegar. The raspberry vinegar is obtained from the fermentation of raspberries and is characterized by import...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 1
Our body is an amazing machine, it protects and heals itself, it works continuously and makes us move, eat, run, in one word, live. It is able to take the nutrients that are needed from diet or it produces them by itself, it can use the antioxidants, powerful substances against aging, but it has also a special mechanism in case of threats to our health, such as toxins, virus, bacteria or a cell out of control. This mechanism is represented by inflammation, that is the healing fire of our body. ...
Borage, scientific name Borago officinalis, is a spontaneous plant characterized by hairy leaves and small flowers of a beautiful blue-violet color. In a previous post we saw how this plant was used for cooking, today we will see in detail the properties of the oil obtained by pressing borage seeds, both for internal and external use. The seeds are in fact rich in gamma-linolenic acid with a powerful antioxidant action, able to counteract the aging processes and inflammations and helpful in case...
Boswellia serrata is a tree belonging to the Burseraceae family and that grows in the hilly regions of India and China. From the trunk and from the branches of the boswellia a gum resin is extracted, known and used for centuries in Ayurvedica for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties with beneficial effects especially on the joints, bones and muscles. Therefore the remedy lends itself to be applied to treat inflammatory rheumatism, arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis a...
New Zealand green lipped mussel
New Zealand green lipped mussel, scientific name Perna canaliculus, is a bivalve mollusk belonging to the Mytilidae family and native to New Zealand. Its fame is growing fast because this type of mussel has beneficial properties for the health of the joints and, for this reason, it is possible to find, in specialized shops, supplements based on this mollusk that are really useful in case of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint stiffness and joint pain. The oil that is extracted from these...
Chia seed oil
Chia, or Salvia hispanica, is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, the same as peppermint, native to central America. Already known and cultivated by the Aztecs, nowadays its seeds are well appreciated and used all over the world for their healthy properties. But from chia seeds another interesting product is obtained, the cold pressed chia seed oil. This oil is a source of omega 3 fatty acids, powerful substances able to counteract the inflammations in the body, arthritis but also cancers...
The holly, scientific name Ilex aquifolium, is a plant of the Aquifogliacee family characterized by green and shiny leaves and beautiful red, but poisonous, berries. In the tradition, holly has been used as a good luck charm, to keep away demons or diseases, but also as an ornament and can also be found nowadays in many Christmas decorations and wreaths. In addition to this, the holly has also a use in herbal medicine, although nowadays very limited, thanks to its interesting diuretic, anti-rheu...
Rehmannia glutinosa is one of the 50 basic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, called Di-huang, that means yellow earth. This remedy is used for its beneficial effect for problems related to the kidneys and adrenal glands, it purifies indeed these organs. In addition to this rehmannia helps alleviate symptoms related to menopause such as irritability, insomnia and hot flashes, is helpful in case of irregular periods and seems to have also hypoglycemic and anti-inflammatory properties. In...
Eutrema japonicum is a plant commonly known as wasabi or Japanese horseradish. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family and grows naturally in the coldest regions of Japan. The stem is used in order to obtain a green-colored paste, very spicy, called with the same name as the plant, wasabi, very appreciated with dishes like sushi. Wasabi, both the freshly grated stem, but very rare to find, and the dip, have digestive, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, useful against aging processes and the...
Common grape vine
Common grape vine, its scientific name is Vitis vinifera, belongs to the Vitaceae family. Native to Asia, the grape vine has tonic, vasoprotective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and draining properties, it is a good remedy to treat varicose veins, cellulite and hemorrhoids. For this reason the grape vine acts as a remedy for care and protection of the circulatory system, promotes circulation, counteracts varicose veins, heavy legs and lymphatic stasis, reduces the formation of s...
The edamame are immature soy beans in their pod. They can be eaten boiled or steamed, added to salads or soups. The edamame soybeans are an important source of proteins but also of fiber, useful for the proper functioning of the intestine, and antioxidants against aging processes. In addition to this, thanks to the presence of phytoestrogens, the isoflavones, completely vegetable substances that mimic the action of estrogens produced by the body and able to take their place, edamame are helpful ...
The Bryonia, scientific name Bryonia alba, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. The berries of the plant are toxic with effects such as vomiting or diarrhea. However, the mother tincture obtained from its roots results a helpful homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat painful conditions such as headache, especially if caused by physical efforts or anger and that gets worse in closed and hot environments but finds relief from a pressure on the painful area, ...
Spearmint, also known as Mentha viridis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. It has tonic, antiseptic, anesthetic, refreshing, decongestant, digestive and carminative properties. The spearmint is therefore useful to treat bronchitis, catarrh, flatulence and digestive problems but also joint pain and joint stiffness. The latter application is demonstrated by a Canadian study published in December 2014 on the scientific Journal of Medicinal Food. Thank to these properties a brew of spearmint is t...
The tamarind plant belongs to the Leguminosae family, its fruits are pods that contain the seeds. Tamarind is a source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium, as well as vitamins A, B, C, E, K, and antioxidants such as beta-carotene and tartaric acid, which also gives the sour taste. This fruit has digestive properties, promotes gastric and intestinal functions and has also laxative effects. Moreover, the tamarind has also a protective and cleansing effect on the li...
Devil’s claw is a painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason this remedy is very helpful in case of pain and inflammations such as tendinitis, arthritis, sciatica, back and cervical pain, rheumatism. However, you should be very careful with devil’s claw, avoid it if you suffer from diabetes and if you are taking medicines to control blood sugar or anticoagulants. It is better to avoid devil’s claw during pregnancy or if you suffer from gastritis or ulcer. Devil’s claw can be t...
Red chili pepper
Chili pepper is rich in mineral salts like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamins of group B, and, especially in case of fresh chili pepper, vitamin C, able to fortify the immune system. Chili pepper contains also flavonoids and capsaicin that gives the spicy flavor. The more spicy, the more capsaicin. According to recent studies, capsaicin has anticancer properties because it causes the death of cancer cells and hinders their nutrition. In addition...
Mugo pine has a powerful anti-inflammatory power, especially for what concerns the respiratory tract. The essential oil obtained from mugo pine is used to treat all infections of respiratory tract and has expectorant and balsamic action. Steam Inhalation – to treat diseases of the respiratory tract and to get rid of catarrh steam inhalation can be very useful: add to a bowl full of hot water some drops of mugo pine essential oil. Massages – Mugo pine essential oil acts with an anti-infla...
Turmeric is a spice characterized by incredible properties according to a lot of scientific studies. Turmeric helps in case of poor digestion since it stimulates the production of gastric juices. In addition to this turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, fortifies the immune system, is able to induce the death of cancer cells and plays an important role in degenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer, prevention. In order to get all the benefits of turmeric try to mix one teaspoon full...
Dead Sea salt
The Dead Sea salt can be found in all chemist’s and herbalist’s shops. Prefer the coarse Dead Sea salt in its simplest form without the addition of fragrance or other elements. Dissolve one tablespoon of salt in a basin of water at the temperature of 37-38°C. Soak the part, the could be the face in case of acne or eczema, or the joint in case of joint pain and arthritis. Useful also in case of psoriasis, in this case our advice is to fill a bathtub with water at the temperature 37-38°C and dis...
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