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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...
Ginger infused oil
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a very appreciated officinal plant thanks to its rhizome, scented and rich in active substances. The rhizome can be grated fresh on vegetables, salads, fruit and fish or it can be used to prepare healthy herbal teas. Moreover, from its distillation an essential oil is obtained while by maceration in honey you can get a very useful product to boost the immune system. But that's not all, in fact, with ginger you can also prepare a powerful beneficial...
Arnica, infused oil and cream
Arnica, scientific name Arnica montana, is a medicinal plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Arnica is also one of the most well-known and appreciated traditional natural remedies, so that, even today, you can find in every chemist’s and herbalist’s shop arnica infused oils, tinctures, creams and gels, used for external applications in case of trauma, bruises, sprains with swelling, pain and stiffness. Moreover, arnica-based products are also considered useful to alleviate the symptoms of os...
Hypericum, scientific name Hypericum perforatum, is a well-known and appreciated medicinal plant of the Clusiaceae family. Hypericum is also called St. John's Wort since its maximum flowering falls around June 24, St. John's Day. This plant is a natural remedy that can be used both internally, in fact, it is able to counteract depression, and for topical applications. In this post we will focus our attention on its cosmetic properties and on the effects of external uses of hypericum, in particul...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 11, Rose infused oil worthy of the Gods of Olympus
The palace of the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar was decorated with roses whose petals were used to prepare a scented oil. In ancient Greece and ancient Rome, roses were the symbol of the goddess of love, Aphrodite or Venus, they represented beauty and joy and the rose infused oil was also well known. About this special and powerful beauty oil spoke Pliny and Homer, who, in the Book XXIII of the Iliad described that Aphrodite applied on Hector's body a rose infused oil to protect him from the an...
Catnip, also known as catmint or catswort, scientific name Nepeta cataria, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Catswort has benefits on cats, for these pets in fact it acts as a neuro-active agent, but has also benefits for humans. First at all, it acts as an anti-mosquito repellent. According to a study perfomed by the University of Iowa and presented a few years ago at the meeting of the American Chermical Society, nepetalactone, the essential oil of catswort also responsib...
The male fern, Polystichum filix-mas, belongs to the Aspidiaceae family and grows wild in the woods, especially of beech, oak and chestnut. It is characterized by large leaves with a big vein structure and has healthful properties, for which it was already known by ancient Greeks. In fact, Galen but also Dioscorides, Greek physicians, used it to counteract intestinal parasites. Nowadays its vermifuge effect is recognized if used internally, while, in case of external applications, the fern is ca...
The Scutellaria baicalensis, also known as Baical skullcap, comes from Russia and China and is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat allergies, inflammation, flu, liver and lung diseases and headaches. The herbaceous plant has in fact anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergic, antispasmodic and sedative properties, it can be used in case of back pain, because it is able to relax the muscles, headaches, but also insomnia and anxiety states, panic attacks, but especially in case o...
Horseradish is a plant of the Brassicaceae family. The horseradish root helps stomach, intestine and the liver to perform their functions. It avoids also intestinal gas formation. In addition to this, horseradish is also rich in vitamin C and has a diuretic effect. For this reason it is very helpful in case of water retention and genitourinary tract stones. Horseradish is also a valid remedy in case of cold, cough and catarrh. For external use horseradish root is helpful in case of back pain, sc...
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...
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