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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...
Siberian fir essential oil
Antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and expectorant, useful in case of cold, sinusitis, flu and sore throat, able to remove tensions and reduce arousal states.
Through steam distillation of the branches of the Siberian fir, scientific name Abies sibirica of the Pinaceae family, a very special essential oil is obtained, able to give freshness and to purify the rooms but also useful to act against stress. In general, it is a well tolerated essential oil, even by skin. Let’s see now how to use it and how to exploit its properties, on the basis of scientific researches. Able to purify the rooms, against cold and flu – This essential oil is anti inflammat...
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 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...
Vitamins, mineral salts, folic acid and important antioxidant substances with anticancer properties, diuretic, laxative and purifying effect, useful against cough and phlegm.
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, ...
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...
Method developed by a German physician in order to treat problems such as skin diseases, digestive problems or problems related to the bones as well as to the nervous system, without scientific basis.
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...
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 ...
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...
Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, expectorant and mucus thinning action, it is applied to treat respiratory, bronchial and pulmonary problems, colds but also urinary tract infections, useful against baldness and generally against hair loss, fortifies and revitalizes the skin scalp, slightly laxative and with purifying properties.
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...
Swiss stone pine essential oil
Balsamic and expectorant action, useful in case of cold, cough and catarrh, acts as a painkiller in case of arthritis, muscle pain, muscle stretch, improves blood circulation, purifying action, against insects and bad smells, improves concentration and self confidence.
Swiss stone pine, also called Swiss pine or stone pine, scientific name Pinus cembra, is a tree typical of the region of the Alps. From this plant an essential oil is obtained, this oil results useful against illnesses of the respiratory tract, is able to stimulate the immune system, to act in case of arthritis, to improve concentration and purify the rooms. Let’s see how to use the Swiss stone pine essential oil. Cold, cough, catarrh - Swiss stone pine oil is able to thin catarrh and acts by ...
Camphor essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, soothing, antiseptic properties, useful in case of muscle tensions, cramps, muscle pain, rheumatism, remedy to support blood circulation and to counteract water retention and cellulite, balsamic action, against cold, cough, catarrh, able to rebalance the sebum production, helpful in case of acne and oily skin, against clothing moth.
Cinnamomum camphora is an evergreen tree native to East Asia and belonging to the Lauraceae family. From its bark, by steam distillation, the camphor essential oil is obtained. This essential oil is characterized by anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, tonic and soothing properties but you should use it in moderation and for external use only, don’t take the camphor essential oil orally and don’t use to season food. In addition to this, camphor essential oil is contraindicated in case of epilepsy or ...
Anti-inflammatory properties, useful against cough, bronchial catarrh, hoarseness, pharyngitis and laryngitis, astringent, decongestant and soothing action useful for treating vein inflammation, but also skin irritations and diseases such as acne, pimples or ulcerations.
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 ...
Expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties, action against catarrh, cough, cold, flu but also cold sores, wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, cramps and neuralgias.
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...
Niaouli essential oil
Antiseptic action, useful to treat skin problems such as psoriasis, insect bites, acne, itching, fungus, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and balsamic properties to treat cough, catarrh, bronchitis, cold, sinusitis, useful in case of muscle pain or rheumatism, from the emotional point of view it helps face the changes.
Melalueca viridiflora, commonly known as broad-leaved paper bark, is an evergreen tree belonging to the Mirtaceae family and native to Australia. The niaouli essential oil is obtained by stem distillation from its leaves and has antiseptic, balsamic, expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral properties. In addition to this niaouli essential oil has also a protective and boosting action on the immune system. From the emotional point of view, it is balancing and promotes the openness to other people,...
Remedy against dry cough, which continues during night, useful in case of catarrh and asthma, bronchitis, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, calming and relaxing properties of the airway smooth musculature.
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...
Diuretic and purifying properties, stimulates appetite and helps in case of cough and catarrh to get rid of mucus, against respiratory infections, brings vitamins and minerals, sedative and relaxing action, helps relieve tensions and muscles.
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...
Anti-emetic properties, useful against nausea and vomiting, antiseptic, expectorant and fluidizing effect, remedy against cough, catarrh, sore throat but also digestive problems, for external use helpful to treat acne, burns, wounds, sores.
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...
Cajeput essential oil
Antiseptic, expectorant and balsamic properties, useful against the infections of the respiratory tract such as cold, bronchitis, cough, sinusitis, but also of the urinary tract like cystitis and urethritis, remedy against insects, mosquitos and pests, painkilling action in case of muscle pain, neuralgias, rheumatism and arthritis, useful in case of acne or psoriasis, strengthening action, suitable for those people who have problems in communications and relation.
Like the Tea Tree also the cajeput tree, scientific name Melaleuca leucadendra, has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The plant belongs to the Mirtaceae family, it grows in Australia, India and Indonesia and in Malaysian language its name means “white wood” because of the color of the bark, the scent is very similar to that of eucalyptus. From the leaves of this plant an essential oil is obtained through steam distillation. The cajeput essential oil, thanks to its properties, is used ...
Oakmoss essential oil
Soothing and cicatrizing properties, helpful to hydrate, soothe and heal skin irritations, wounds and dry skin, useful to treat diseases of the respiratory tract, asthma, cough, bronchitis and catarrh, able to act on the emotional sphere, to balance the inside of us in case of unresolved situations of the past, able to improve self-confidence, aphrodisiac action, fixative for other essences.
Evernia prunastri, also known as oakmoss, is a species of lichen that grows primarily on the trunk of oaks but can also be found on other types of tree such as fir and pine. From this lichen an essential oil with antiseptic, expectorant and cicatrizing properties is obtained, this essential oil gives energy and stability, like the oaks. Let’s see the main uses. Natural fixative – It is able to extend the duration of other essences. Diseases of the respiratory tract – Oakmoss essential oil i...
Astringent and tonic properties, internally used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, inflammation of the digestive tract, poor digestion, sore throat, catarrh, cold, bronchitis, for external use it helps to heal small wounds, promotes healing of bruises, sprains, the reabsorption of edema, indicated as a treatment for dark circles but also acne, blackheads, seborrheic dermatitis, wrinkles, dull skin.
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...
Digestive, diuretic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and balsamic action, help to treat coughs with phlegm and bronchitis, neuralgia affecting the face, but also pimples and sores, rheumatism, sprains.
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...
Decongesting action for oropharyngeal mucosa, anti-inflammatory properties for the first airways, catarrh and sedative properties, useful in case of sinusitis, colds, tracheitis, pharyngitis, cough, allergic rhinitis.
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 essential oil
Relaxing, mucolytic and anti-inflammatory properties, helpful in case of catarrh, sinusitis, cold, bronchitis, headache, able to improve concentration, painkiller in case of contractures caused by stress.
From spearmint an essential oil with balsamic, mucolytic, anti-inflammatory, refreshing and relaxing properties is obtained. You can use spearmint essential oil in case of cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, headache but also during periods of stress characterized by pain and contractures, mental fatigue, it also improves concentration. Spearmint essential oil has a sweeter aroma than peppermint but the properties are quite the same. Cold, cough, catarrh – You can prepare steam inhalation with spea...
Antiseptic and anesthetic properties, digestive and anti-fermentation action, useful in case of intestinal fermentation as well as nasal congestion and respiratory diseases, bronchitis, cough and catarrh, relieves pain and joint stiffness in case of arthritis.
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...
Red thyme essential oil
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, useful against illnesses of the respiratory tract, sinusitis, sore throat, catarrh, helpful in case of diseases of the genito-urinary tract, helps in case of muscle strain and pain, sciatica, low back pain, back pain, able to improve concentration and mental activity.
Red thyme essential oil is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal remedy, it results useful in case of infections, cystitis, candida, bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, cold, sore throat, sinusitis and flu. In addition to this, red thyme essential oil is also useful in case of eczema, acne, insect bites, infections of the gums and, from the emotional point of view, it is able to reactivate the mental functionalities and to give courage and strength. Do not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, in childre...
Anise essential oil
Digestive and antispasmodic properties in order to improve digestion and against meteorism, able to improve bad breath, fluidifying effect for catarrh, remedy for rigidity and inability to adapt to new conditions.
The essential oil obtained from green anise, Pimpinella anisum, has important healthy properties: it helps indeed the digestion, it is able to fluidify the catarrh and can relieve the cough. Do not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in children. Poor digestion, meteorism – Thanks to the antispasmodic and digestive properties the anise essential oil improves digestion and soothes problems related to the stomach and meteorism. You can take two drops of anise essential oil in a teaspoon of ho...
Aphrodisiac and energizing properties, useful in case of impotence and asthenia, diuretic action, remedy in case of gout, rheumatism, digestive and antifermentative properties, for swollen belly, diarrhea, helpful in case of cough thanks to the expectorant action.
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, ...
Frankincense essential oil
Antiseptic, expectorant and anti-rheumatic properties, helpful in case of cough, cold, laryngitis, anti-wrinkle action, able to tone the skin and to make the hair glossy, useful in case of cystitis, able to balance the nervous system, to calm the breathe and to promote meditation.
The frankincense essential oil is obtained from a plant , the Boswelia carterii, and has anti-rheumatic and antiseptic properties, for this reason it can be applied in case of rheumatism, trauma but also problems of the respiratory tract such as asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis and cough. It results helpful in case of cystitis and to rebalance the nervous system. Avoid it in the first three month of pregnancy because it promotes menstruation. Just one thing before describing the main uses: than...
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