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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...
Pelargonium or South African geranium, the remedy for coughs and colds
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral action, useful in colds, coughs, sinusitis and sore throats, relieves symptoms and accelerates healing.
Pelargonium is a plant of the Geraniaceae family, native to Africa and nowadays spread all over the world in its various variants. We have for sure to mention the geranium plants that decorate balconies and gardens with their colored petals! But geraniums are also a natural remedy from which essential oils with anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and mosquito repellant properties are extracted. Today we are talking about a particular type of geranium, called South African geranium, scientific name pela...
Useful in case of cough, bronchitis and asthma, diuretic, counteracts the formation of stones, calming action in case of abdominal pain caused by abundant menstruation, abdominal cramps and renal and biliary colic.
Visnaga, also called kella, scientific name Ammi visnaga, is a plant of the Apiaceae family. This remedy was already known to the ancient Egyptians and Arabs who used it to treat kidney colic. Nowadays it is possible to find mother tincture obtained from visnaga seeds in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops. So let's see now, on the basis of scientific research, the properties of this herbal remedy. Visnaga, properties - The mother tincture of visnaga is appreciated for its spasmolytic action, also...
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic, useful in case of back pain, stiff neck and arthritis, counteracts acne and skin irritations, can be used to soothe cough and nasal congestion.
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...
Elderberry, herbal remedy
Antiviral and antimicrobial, useful in case of bronchitis, cold and flu diseases, diuretic action, helpful in case of rheumatism and gout.
Elderberry, scientific name sambucus nigra, is a plant of the Caprifoliaceae family. Known since ancient times, nowadays several scientific studies have shown the properties of elderberry thanks to the mucilage, antioxidant and diuretic substances contained in this remedy. Elderberry, properties of the herbal remedy - Elderberry has proven to be effective in treating cold, flu and bronchitis diseases, it is in fact antiviral and antimicrobial (Porter et al, Phytother Res., 2017 - Hawkins et al...
Dog rose, herbal medicine
Glycerine macerate and mother tincture are obtained from dog rose, the remedies are antioxidant, anti-allergic and able to stimulate the immune system, useful in case of sinusitis, cold, cold sores, warts but also asthma and allergies.
Rosa canina, also known as dog rose, is a spontaneous plant belonging to the Rosaceae family. The glycerine macerate is obtained from its buds while the mother tincture is obtained from the berries of this wonderful plant. Let’s see better in detail properties and uses of these two amazing remedies! Glycerine macerate of dog rose, properties and uses - Glycerin macerate of rosa canina is characterized by a high content of antioxidants such as quercetin, ellagitannins and kempferol (Jimenez et ...
Inula essential oil
Expectorant and antitussive, useful to soothe and treat cough, bronchitis and diseases of the airways, antiseptic and tonic for the acne prone skin, seems to be able to protect the brain.
Inula, scientific name inula graveolens, is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Through steam distillation of its flower buds a precious essential oil is obtained, highly rich in sesquiterpene lactones, beneficial substances that make it a powerful remedy, as we will see in the following (Wang et al, Expert Opin Investig Drugs., 2014). Essential oil of inula graveolens, properties – The essential oil of inula is characterized by expectorant, antitussive and anti inflammatory properties...
Natural remedies for flu, glycerin macerates and mother tinctures
Rosa canina, black alder and echinacea taken together to boost the immune system to protect the body from seasonal illnesses.
Sore throat, sinusitis, rhinitis and cough, these are the symptoms that often accompany us throughout the autumn and winter period. But natural remedies in the form of macerates and tinctures extracted from plants such as rosa canina, black alder and echinacea may be really helpful. Let's see what are the best treatments that you can use for flu symptoms, alone or together to exploit their synergy. However, before starting to take the remedies, always ask your doctor for advice if you are pregna...
Eucalyptus, mother tincture
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and balsamic action on the airways, useful in cases of cough, phlegm, asthma, sinusitis and sore throat, it also acts by reducing blood sugar.
Eucalyptus, scientific name Eucalyptus globulus, is an evergreen medicinal plant of the Myrtaceae family. Eucalyptus is widely used in herbal medicine in the form of infusion, decoction, essential oil or mother tincture. Today, we will talk about the mother tincture obtained from eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus mother tincture, properties - This natural remedy has a balsamic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and mucus thinning effect and regulates mucus production mainly thanks to the action of ...
Plant that gives strength and energy, stimulating action on the immune system, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibacterial properties, useful in case of cough and phlegm.
Wintersweet, scientific name Chimonanthus praecox, is a plant native to China. The shrub is very resistant to cold and is characterized by yellow, very scented flowers that bloom in the middle of winter until march and appear as a prelude to spring. It is precisely for this reason that the name of wintersweet is chimonantus, from the Greek cheimon winter and anthos flower, the winter flower. However, the wintersweet does not only have a beautiful ornamental role, but it also has interesting heal...
Antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, useful in case of colds and coughs, helps to accelerate wound healing especially when combined with propolis.
Thyme honey is an amber-colored honey with interesting anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. Thanks to these characteristics, this type of honey is considered useful to counteract respiratory tract infections, cough but also to perform a healing action on open wounds (Imtara et al, Food Sci Nutr , Nov 2018 - Hashemian et al, Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol, Jun 2015). Moreover, thyme honey is highly antioxidant and antitumor, since a substance contained in it, trih...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Third Part
Let’s see how to get benefit from the diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic and antibiotic properties of the onion with two yummy and versatile preparations, boiled and fried onion.
The onion is an edible bulb belonging to the Liliaceae family and also one of the most healthful and protective foods that you can find. Thanks to the several scientific studies that have focused their attention on the properties of the onion, today we know that this vegetable may bring benefit in case of catarrh, cough, bronchitis and flu thanks to the antibiotic and expectorant action, is helpful to keep at bay blood sugar levels, it is diuretic and therefore able to counteract water retention...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Second Part
Not only raw onion, also the onion in the oven has interesting diuretic, expectorant and anti-aging properties especially if combined with parsley, avocado or a fruit rich in vitamin C, a very healthy food combination is onion with legumes or cereals.
The onion, family of the Liliaceae, is eaten and appreciated both for its taste, sweet and strong at the same time, and for its beneficial properties for millennia. As often happens with traditional foods, remedies and herbal teas, also in case of onion the scientific studies are now confirming its healthy action. Nowadays, we know that eating onions can be really useful thanks to its antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, slimming, hypoglycemi...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion First Part
Raw onion preserves all the diuretic, hypoglycemic, antibiotic, anti cancer and anti aging properties, is able to protect the cardiovascular system, this action is maximized if onion is associated with vitamin C and E, also sofrito with onion for the preparation of tomato sauce has interesting beneficial properties.
The onion, belonging to the Liliaceae family, is well known, appreciated and eaten for millennia. The first signs of its usage go back to the Chaldeans, 4000 years ago, but also the ancient Egyptians used onions a lot, while during Middle Ages the onions were considered a so precious food that they were used as coins. Nowadays, thanks to scientific studies, we know that this edible bulb isn’t just tasty but also rich in antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, thus usefu...
Useful in case of cough, both dry and with phlegm, bronchitis, asthma, inflamed throat.
Grindelia, also known as gumweed, scientific name Grindelia robusta, is a plant native to California and Mexico belonging to the Asteraceae family, just like chamomile, marigold or arnica. Grindelia is a remedy with proven anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, moreover, it is also expectorant and anti-asthmatic thanks to particular antioxidant and protective substances, saponins and flavonoids, contained in the resin that covers the flowerheads of grindelia. From these flowerheads it i...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibacterial action, useful to protect bronchial and lungs from the first cold and temperature changes, useful in case of cough or inflammation of the throat.
The pulmonaria, also called lungwort, scientific name Pulmonaria officinalis, is a plant of the Boraginaceae family used for centuries as a remedy to counteract coughs and bronchitis thanks to its expectorant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on the bronchi and the lungs. Scientists are also focusing their attention on pulmonaria in order to check its real properties. Based on analyzes carried out on the plant, it has been found that the pulmonaria contains rosmarinic acid, with a powe...
Mucolytic and expectorant action, remedy in case of allergy with sinusitis, stuffy nose, sensation of phlegm stuck in the throat, cough, it has also purifying and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hildegard of Bingen was a German religious and naturalist who lived in the twelfth century. She was a very eclectic character, in fact she dedicated herself to the study of herbs to treat the human body but she wrote also several treatises on medicine, botany but also philosophy and cosmology. Among all the home remedies that Saint Hildegard proposed we can find the elixir of violet. This drink, which takes its name from one of its ingredients, is prepared from flowers and leaves of violet (Viol...
Styrax essential oil
Healing and soothing, against itching, antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties, useful to treat problems of skin such as scabies, wounds, cracked skin but also gum inflammations, abdominal cramps and bronchitis, relaxing and anti-depressive action, against anger.
Styrax, scientific name Liquidambar orientalis, also known as Sweet Gum, is a tree native to Turkey with important uses in cosmetic and as a herbal remedy. Its resin has indeed antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, against itching, expectorant, antispasmodic and relaxing properties. Through steam distillation an essential oil is produced, this oil has still all the properties of the resin but it is better to avoid it in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Let’s see the main application...
Anti-inflammatory properties useful to treat problems of the oral mucosa and the upper airways, useful in case of pharyngitis, bronchitis, stomatitis and canker sores, anti-catarrhal and cicatrizing action of the mucosa.
The privet, scientific name Ligustrum vulgare, is a shrub that belongs to the Oleaceae family. Known and appreciated for its ornamental role, it is commonly used indeed to delimit gardens and properties, it is also used in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory, cicatrizing and anti-catarrhal properties useful to treat especially the oral cavity and the upper respiratory tract. In particular, from the buds of the privet a powerful glycerin macerate is obtained, you can take 50 drops of this p...
Hyssop essential oil
Balsamic, expectorant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action, helpful to counteract problems related to cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis, remedy in case of cold sores, useful to improve digestion and to counteract stress, tiredness and poor digestion.
Hyssopus officinalis, also known as hyssop, is a plant that belongs to the Labiate family. From hyssop an essential oil with balsamic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and tonic properties is obtained, able to treat problems of the airways but also to improve the digestive processes, to protect the skin, to balance blood pressure and the mood. However, this essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, in small children or if you suffer from epilepsy and convulsions. Let’s see ...
Against mucus, calms cough, useful in case of sore throat, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, hoarseness and aphonia, protects the liver, helps in case of gout and hyperuricemia.
The black-berried honeysuckle, scientific name Lonicera nigra, belongs to the family of the Caprifogliaceae. It looks like a bushy shrub and from its young shoots a glycerin macerate with interesting healthy properties is obtained. The remedy has indeed an anti-catarrhal and mucus-thinning action, calms the cough and protects the liver. For this reason you can use this glycerin macerate to treat coughs and bronchitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis, aphonia and hoarseness. The glycerin mac...
Anti-inflammatory, balsamic and expectorant action, counteracts cough, phlegm and chronic bronchitis, helpful in case of infections of the urinary tract, beneficial action on the circulation, useful in case of arterial insufficiency and arteriopathy of the lower limbs.
The black poplar, or populus nigra, is a tree belonging to the family of Salicaceae that includes also willow, is native to southern and central Europe and some Asian regions and can be even 30 meters high. The buds of the black poplar, harvested at the beginning of the spring, are used to obtain the glycerin macerate of the plant. This remedy is used to fight respiratory infections such as chronic bronchitis, it has balsamic and expectorant properties. In addition to this, the glycerin macerate...
Vitamins and mineral salts, support for the immune system, antioxidant and anticancer action, high intake of fibers that bring a sense of satiety and counteract constipation, anti-inflammatory properties against cough, bronchitis and sore throat.
Turnip or white turnip, scientific name Brassica rapa, is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes also cauliflower, savoy cabbage and Brussels sprouts. There are different varieties of turnip, here we are speaking about white turnip, characterized by an edible, roundish root covered by a white-violet peel and with an inner white pulp. The root can be eaten raw, grated in salads, or cooked and added to soups. It is rich in vitamin C, very useful to support the immune system, but also ...
Flax seeds, other uses
Emollient and anti-inflammatory properties, helps to calm the persistent cough, against sinusitis, useful in case of stomach pain, colitis, gastritis and inflammation of the stomach.
Our grandmothers knew about natural remedies. Here an ancient remedy, handed down through generations, used to fight persistent cough that continues also during night, sinusitis and bronchitis, ideal for this period of the year. We are talking about the flax seed compress, simple but effective at the same time. The first thing is to grind the flax seeds, which must be dry and therefore do not pre-soak them. Alternatively, you can buy flax flour, you can find it in specialized stores. Now moisten...
Antispasmodic, sedative, expectorant and mucus-thinning properties, useful against bronchitis and cough, helpful to treat digestive problems and lack of appetite, action against cellulite, can help regulate the heart rhythm in case of extra systoles.
The white horehound, scientific name Marrubium vulgare, is a medicinal plant of the Labiate or Lamiaceae family. The remedy was already known to the ancient Egyptians, who used it to treat respiratory affections. Nowadays it is possible to take the mother tincture or to prepare an herbal tea with the horehound and take benefit from its tonic, expectorant, mucus-thinning, antispasmodic, digestive and antiarrhythmic action. Horehound is therefore useful in case of bronchitis, acute and chronic, an...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties demonstrated by scientific studies, useful to counteract cough, cold, bronchitis and more in general seasonal illnesses, helpful to keep under control the levels of cholesterol and atherosclerosis, detox effect, against skin illnesses and eczema, calming and digestive action.
Speedwell, scientific name Veronica officinalis, is a plant of the Plantaginaceae family already known by the ancient Germanic peoples thanks to its beneficial properties. In addition to this, speedwell is also described by the well known herbalist Maria Treben. Speedwell grows spontaneously on dried soils and is characterized by a high purifying action, helps keep under control the cholesterol and is able to prevent atherosclerosis. This plant has a soothing action in case of eczema and itches....
Antiseptic properties, able to thin catarrh, expectorant action, helps to treat various airway disorders such as cough, bronchitis, even chronic, asthma and sore throat, diuretic and purifying effect, against gout and rheumatism, helpful to relieve dermatitis or acne.
Elecampane, also known as horse-heal or elfdock, scientific name Inula helenium, belongs to the Asteraceae or Composite family and is characterized by very beautiful yellow flowers that can be admired from the beginning of spring until advanced autumn. Elecampane, already known by the ancients, is beneficial to the airway health, calms cough, acts against bronchitis, even chronic, and asthma due to an expectorant and antiseptic action. In addition to this, the remedy has also diuretic properties...
Against recurrent airway infections such as bronchitis, rhino pharyngitis, tonsillitis and otitis, also in combination with dog rose glycerin macerate, the remedy has also a remineralizing effect, helps in case of rickets, osteoporosis, fragile bones.
The silver fir, Abies Alba, belongs to the Pinaceae family and is characterized by a silver gray bark that has small cavities containing turpentine, a resin with balsamic and anti-inflammatory properties, used in case of cough, bronchitis but also gout and rheumatism. It is also used in the industrial field for the preparation of paints. From the silver fir buds, a glycerin macerate with beneficial properties for the body is obtained. The glycerin macerate of silver fir helps indeed to fight off...
Able to sooth cough, also that of the smokers, useful in case of bronchitis thanks to the expectorant action, mild laxative, remedy in case of sore throat and cold, soothes skin inflammations, sunburns and heal wounds.
Viola odorata, commonly known as sweet violet, common violet or garden violet, is a small perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Violaceae family. For the ancients, besides the fact that it was a sacred flower, violet was also very appreciated as a remedy able to treat headache caused by a very rich meal. Nowadays common violet can be used to soothe cough, both the cough of seasonal illnesses and the cough of the smokers, to treat inflammations and stomach irritations. It has also a laxativ...
Take this remedy always under medical supervision, useful to treat asthma and bronchitis, rhinitis, laryngitis and urticarial, able to counteract hypotension.
Ephedra, scientific name ephedra distachya, is a plant of the Efedraceae family characterized by bronchodilator, antihistaminic and hypertensive properties. This effect is due to the alkaloids present in the remedy, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, considered performance-enhancing substances for sporty people. Ephedrine was an ingredient of many dietary supplements, but since 2004 in the United States is no longer on the market because of some deaths caused by an abuse of this substance. However,...
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