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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
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 First Part
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...
Turnip greens, scientific name Brassica rapa sylvestris of the Cruciferous family, are a vegetable of Italian origin but nowadays spread also in other parts of the world such as America and Australia. The turnip greens are characterized by dark green leaves and inflorescences, called broccoletti or broccoli of turnip. The healthy properties are truly remarkable, in fact these vegetables bring vitamins, such as C, group B and A, folic acid and mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, ...
Schuessler salts are part of a therapeutic method introduced in the second half of the nineteenth century by the German physician Schuessler. The method uses 12 preparations based on diluted inorganic minerals that, according to the studies of Schuessler, are always present in human blood and tissues. Each of these preparations may be able to influence different body functions on the basis of the consideration that the mineral salts are indispensable for a proper functioning of the organs and, a...
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...
The monks cress, known also as garden nasturtium or Indian cress, scientific name Tropaeolum majus, belongs to the Tropeolaceae family and is native to the forests of South America. Imported by Europeans in the seventeenth century and used as a remedy against scurvy, nowadays monks cress is recommended to treat bronchial and pulmonary irritations and bladder infections thanks to the antibacterial, disinfectant, antifungal, expectorant and mucus thinning properties. Monks grass is also slightly l...
The Coltsfoot, scientific name Tussilago farfara, is a plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae that grows on clayey soils and is characterized by yellow flowers very similar to daisies. Known since ancient times, this remedy has expectorant, anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat persistent cough, hoarseness, but also bronchitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis, asthma and bronchial catarrh. You can prepare the herbal tea by leaving in infusion a teaspoon of flowers ...
Common mullein, scientific name Verbascum thapsus, is a plant of the Scrofulariaceae family. Already known to the ancients, Pliny indeed prescribed mullein for the respiratory tract infections while Saint Hildegard used, in case of laryngotracheitis, a decoction of flowers of mullein and mauve, today mullein is considered an ideal remedy against diseases of the respiratory tract thanks to its expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties able to sooth cough. You can use mullein to treat pharyngi...
Drosera rotundifolia, commonly known as common sundews or round-leaved sundew, is a medicinal plant of the Droseracea family. It is a carnivorous plant, the name derives indeed from the Greek droseròs that means covered with dew because of the small drops that cover the leaves and act as bait. This remedy has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is an effective cough sedative, muscle relaxant on the airway smooth musculature due to a substance, the droserone contained therein, but als...
The radish, raphanus sativus, belongs to the Brassicaceae family, the same as cabbage, turnip and mustard. Radish was used by the ancient Egyptians who gave it to eat, together with garlic and onions, to those people who worked to build the Pyramids. There are mainly two varieties, one wild also called black horseradish, the other cultivated with the classic round shape and the pinkish color. The latter is also the radish we are talking about in this article, with stimulating properties for appe...
Iceland moss, scientific name of Cetraria Island, is a plant belonging to the Cetrariacee-Parmeliaceae family with tonic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antacid, antiemetic, fluidizing and antispasmodic properties. As a remedy can be used both internally and externally. Internally, it can be useful in case of nausea, vomiting even during pregnancy, but in this case it is always better to ask your doctor for advice, car or sea sickness, digestive problems. Iceland moss is also used to treat coughs th...
The Gallic Rose, also known as rose of Provins or French rose, is admired for its beauty and color but has also important healing properties. You can collect the petals of the rose, let them dry in a cool place and then store them in a paper bag. In this way you will be able to prepare herbal teas with astringent and tonic properties, helpful in case of diarrhea, dysentery, but also inflammation of the digestive tract, poor digestion, sore throat, cold, cough and bronchitis. For external use the...
Thymus serpyllum, also known as Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme, grows naturally in very sunny areas at the edge of woods or meadows. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and has very similar properties to those of the thymus but it differs for a more delicate aroma due to the fact that it contains less essential oils than the true thyme, the one used in the kitchen. Wild thyme acts as a stimulant and tonic, has digestive and carminative, antispasmodic, diuretic, antiseptic, expector...
The Hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree with a gray, smooth bark. From its buds the glycerine macerate is obtained. This remedy has anti-inflammatory properties, indicated especially for the upper airways, it has an action against catarrh, is a decongestant for oropharyngeal mucosa and a sedative for cough, it has an antihemorrhagic action. You can take the glycerine macerate in case of sinusitis, bronchitis, rhinopharyngitis, tracheitis, cough. The dosage is 50 drops three tim...
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...
Satureja, also called savory, belongs to the Labiatae family. The name comes from satyr because of the aphrodisiac properties of the plant well known also by ancient Greeks, who dedicated satureja to Dionysos, the Greek god of grape harvest, wine and ritual madness. Savory has tonic, energizing, antifermentative, digestive, expectorant, against diarrhea, diuretic and aphrodisiac properties, the last reported also by the well known French herbalist Messèguè. Use this remedy in case of asthenia, ...
Lamium, or dead-nettle, belongs to the Lamiaceae family, like other plants characterized by important healing properties such as lavender, rosemary, sage and lemon balm. Dead nettle, in particular, has astringent, hemostatic, expectorant, diuretic, purifying and tonic properties. It results very helpful to treat diarrhea, to stop bleeding and to heal wounds, but also for cough and bronchitis, it helps to remove impurities and toxins, it strengthens the body and can be applied on varicose veins, ...
The carrot is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin B, C, PP, D and E, mineral salts, such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc, and beta-carotene, important for the eye health, to protect the skin from sun damages and with a powerful antioxidant action against free radicals. Raw and cooked vegetable - It is preferable to eat this vegetable raw in order to preserve the vitamins, that would otherwise be lost with the cooking, and, if possible, just brush the carrots and wash w...
English plantain is a plant that grows spontaneously on the edges of meadows, paths and on the mountains. This plant has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, can heal wounds and block bleeding, it is useful in case of hemorrhoids, insect and animal bites. In addition to this, English plantain is also able to fortify the immune system and results helpful to treat cold, sinusitis, allergy and bronchitis, thanks to the expectorant properties. Fresh juice – Grind some leaves of plantain a...
Helycrisum has antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and expectorant properties. It can be used in order to treat all the issues related to the respiratory tract. Helycrisum helps to get rid of catarrh, treats cough and the inflammations in the nasal mucosa. Helycrisum is also a remedy in case of trauma or skin issues such as cold sore (herpes simplex), psoriasis, sunburns and irritations. Herbal tea – In case of cough, bronchitis, catarrh, asthma prepare a herbal tea with a tablespo...
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...
Linden honey has calming and antispasmodic properties, for this reason it results very useful in case of irritability, anxiety and insomnia. Thanks to the expectorant action linden honey is used also to treat cough and catarrh. The properties of linden honey that make it a very healthy sweetener are not just these, but linden honey has also anti-aging action and it is supposed to protect tissues from degeneration....
Elemi essential oil
Skin – Elemi essential oil has skin- regenerating properties. For this reason it can be used to treat scars, spots or wrinkles, try to add 2-3 drops of elemi essential oil to the daily cream and apply it on the skin. Steam inhalation – Elemi essential oil has expectorant properties and results very helpful in case of cough, catarrh and bronchitis. Prepare steam inhalation by adding 2-3 drops of elemi essential oil to a bowl of hot water. In the room – Elemi essential oil helps harmonize min...
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...
Hyssop is a plant very helpful in case of cough or bronchitis because it is a cough reliever and expectorant. It has also anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in case of skin irritations and acne. Useful also in case of poor digestion. As herbal tea– infuse one tablespoon of hyssop flowers in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and drink in case of cough and poor digestion. You can also apply a gauze soaked in hyssop herbal tea on your skin in case of acne or other skin irr...
Myrtle essential oil
to prevent cough, bronchitis and respiratory tract infections, burn 7 drops of myrtle essential oil in the oil burner. In case of cough and bronchitis apply some thyme cream with two drops of myrtle essential oil on the chest three times a day....
As herbal tea – Bring a cup of water to boiling, remove from heat. Cut two or three slices of fresh ginger and infuse them in hot water for 15 minutes, then filter and drink. Fresh ginger root – cut a thin slice of fresh ginger, peel it and eat . Drink – press one orange and add to the orange juice some grated ginger....
two tablespoons of elderberry juice, the juice of a lemon and a glass of water. Take this three times a day....
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