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Cellulite, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 48, the ancient Romans, so vain but with amazing rituals for their body care
Tips, remedies, scrubs and do-it-yourself wraps to remove stagnation, fight stretch marks, cellulite and accumulations of fat, for a rejuvenated and renewed skin of the body.
We probably would have labeled them as vain, but in ancient times men and women devoted great care to their bodies. Often it was a question of hygiene and therefore of health, as in the case of the Egyptians, sometimes it was a precise desire to present themselves at their best, as for the ancient Romans where even the soldiers massaged themselves with oils and lotions. And this last aspect made Pliny the Elder go into a shock when he learned it but, all in all, as Julius Caesar himself said, th...
Slow cosmetique, small remedies for cellulite, heavy legs and swollen ankles
Ivy, rosemary and coffee to counteract stagnation, strengthen the microcirculation and act with slimming properties, useful in case of cellulite, heavy legs and swollen ankles.
Heavy legs, swollen ankles and orange peel skin, are there any natural remedies to counteract all of this? As always, nature also comes to our aid with infused oils and plants with a draining, diuretic, antioxidant and astringent action, also useful to improve blood circulation. Ivy - Ivy is rich in saponins, which are antioxidant substances that help strengthen blood vessels. But ivy also shows an important drainage action against edema in lower limbs, it detoxifies and is diuretic (Gulcic et...
Healthy in the kitchen, salt
Salt maintains food and its main component, sodium chloride, is indispensable in various biological processes. But don't overdo the quantity. So let's see what are the effects of a diet characterized by excessive salt consumption and how to reduce it.
Homer called salt the divine substance, and in ancient times it certainly was. In fact, more than as a condiment, salt was considered essential to preserve food, meat, fish and vegetables, guaranteeing the necessary sustenance and therefore survival even in times of famine or in winter. Over time, however, salt has become the most used ingredient to flavor foods, so much that we can find salt almost everywhere, even in desserts. The problem, however, is that if on the one hand the sodium chlorid...
Cinnamon essential oil
Antibacterial and antiviral action, useful for respiratory health, an aid against acne and skin aging, anti-anxiety and anti-depression action, for oral health, anti-cellulite.
With its warm and spicy aroma cinnamon essential oil recalls holidays, family warmth and serenity. This essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum of the Lauraceae family. Its main active ingredient is given by the substance called cinnamaldehyde, then followed by eugenol. These substances give the essence its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and blood flow stimulating properties (Rao et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2...
Ruscus aculeatus or butcher's broom
Counteracts water retention, edema in the lower limbs and cellulite, useful in case of chronic venous insufficiency and hemorrhoids.
The butcher's broom, scientific name Ruscus aculeatus, is a shrub of the Asparagaceae family, the same as the agave and, as the name suggests, asparagus. The butcher's broom, thanks to its beautiful red berries, is very popular as a Christmas ornament. But its applications certainly do not stop there… in fact, the butcher's broom is a remedy used to combat swollen legs and lymphatic stasis. But let's understand better. Butcher's broom, properties - The roots of the butcher's broom are an anti-...
Liver and kidney cleanser, diuretic, stomach protection.
The dandelion, scientific name taraxum officinale, commonly known as dandelion, is a spontaneous herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. This plant grows in gardens and meadows and blooms in early spring presenting itself with a beautiful flower of an intense yellow color. The dandelion is a plant widely used in herbal medicine and in detox cooking thanks to its leaves and roots that purify the liver, are diuretic and antioxidant (Choi et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2010). But the dandelion is also kn...
Couch grass, herbal medicine
Diuretic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, useful in case of stones and urinary tract infections, cystitis but also cellulite and water retention.
Elymus repens, also known as couch grass, scientific name Agropyrum repens, is a plant of the Gramineae family. The couch grass is considered an invasive weed and a problem for those who have a garden, however, in the herbal medicine field, from this plant we get a very useful remedy. Cough grass mother tincture, uses and properties - In fact, the mother tincture obtained from the rhizome of cough grass is diuretic and antibiotic due to its content in essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, muci...
Cypress essential oil
Antiseptic, antiviral and calming action, useful in case of cough, cold sores, cellulite, varicose veins, acne, oily skin and blackheads, relieves stress and anxiety, helps to fight pollen allergy.
Through steam distillation of branches and cones of cypressus, scientific name Cupressus sempervirens of the Cupressaceae family, an essential oil is obtained with interesting antimicrobial, antiviral and relaxing properties, which we will investigate in detail. But, before this, there are some recommendations. The cypress essential oil should only be used externally, it should not be ingested. Not only that, avoid using this essential oil in pregnancy and in children under the age of 6. Acne,...
Vitamins and minerals, fiber and water, powerful antioxidant action, useful to protect the health of eyesight and skin.
The blood plums, also known as Japanese blood plums, are the fruits of the prunus salicina tree, and should not be confused with the plums, which instead are the fruits of the European plum or prunus domestica. The blood plums make their appearance on the market shelves at the beginning of the summer and, unlike the plums, can be eaten only fresh and are not dried. These fruits have a soft pulp, a color ranging from yellow to red or deep purple and a round shape, not as elongated as the plums, w...
Cherries, stones and stems
The stems of the cherries are diuretic, antioxidant and antimicrobial and help in case of cystitis, water retention and cellulite, the cherry stones can be used to make a pillow useful in case of muscle and joint pain, painful menstruation, stress, stiff neck but also distortions and sprains.
Cherries are so delicious, juicy, tasty and healthy, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidant substances. And the great thing of cherries is that nothing is thrown away, neither the stems nor the stones, both interesting natural remedies! But let's see better in detail. Cherry stems - Cherry stems are highly diuretic and therefore useful in case of water retention and cellulite (Hooman et al, Pak J Pharm Sci, Oct 2009). Moreover, scientific studies (Aires et al, ABP, 2017) have observed...
Vitamins and mineral salts, able to lower blood sugar levels, helpful to counteract cholesterol, against water retention and cellulite, able to protect the liver, the stomach and the heart, reduce the waist line.
Aronia, scientific name aronia melanocarpa, is a bush belonging to the Rosaceae family. Its fruits, called aronia berries or chokeberries, are berries that, for what concerns their appearance, remind the blueberries but the taste is a bit sourer. Aronia berries can be found in the form of dried berries or in the form of juices. Chokeberries, properties – As for the properties, aronia berries are a source of vitamin K, useful for the health of bones and the proper blood clotting, vitamin C, gro...
Slow Cosmetique, what to do against cellulite and stagnation
How to prepare by yourself a lotion able to counteract cellulite, retention and stagnantion with few but effective ingredients.
Focusing again on the importance of the skin and its needs, this is the purpose of Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to make it clear that the skin absorbs what is applied on it. Creams, serums, lotions, massage oils, sometimes they are prepared with effective and natural ingredients but often, unfortunately, with substances that do not bring real benefits or that can even be irritating if not dangerous. Sometimes it takes little to have a great cosmetic, by using what n...
Spring onion or green onion
Vitamins and mineral salts, diuretics, useful in case of water retention and cellulite, antitumor action proven by scientific studies.
Spring onions are very young onion bulbs, scientific name Allium cepa, harvested when they are still immature. Just like garlic, onion and leeks also the spring onions belong to the family of the Alliaceae and, like these vegetables, have a powerful antitumor action. In fact, spring onions, like the other members of the Alliaceae, contain sulfur compounds (Nicastro et al, Cancer Prev Res, Mar 2016) able to induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death, of cancer cells. Moreover, as reported in...
Juniper essential oil
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, useful to treat acne and skin aging, against cellulite and toxins accumulation, draining effect against water retention, calming action, able to soothe pain in case of arthritis, muscle and joint pain, powerful antifungal action against candida, against insomnia.
From the berries of juniper, scientific name Juniperus communis, family of the Cupressaceae, an essential oil is obtained with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its compounds such as alpha pinene, beta pinene and limonene (Pepeljnjak et al, Acta Pharm, Dec 2005). Moreover, this essential oil is also useful to act as a calming remedy and results helpful against sleep disturbance. Let’s see the possible applications. Acne, inflammations and skin aging – Juniper essential ...
Artichoke, herbal remedy
Mother tincture able to protect the liver, to lower the blood sugar levels, triglycerides and cholesterol, helps the liver regenerate and rebalances the values of transaminases if altered, useful in case of poor digestion, diabetes cellulite.
Cynara scolymus is the scientific name of the artichoke, the vegetable that we use for cooking. The artichoke belongs to the Composite family and it isn’t just a yummy ingredient but it may become also a herbal remedy. From its leaves, indeed, a mother tincture is obtained rich in phenol compounds such as cynarin, cinaropicrin and caffeic acid. Thanks to these substances the remedy has antioxidant and diuretic properties and is able to protect the liver and the cardiovascular system (Kurt et al,...
Cocoa essential oil
Scent able to give a feeling of wellbeing, energy and vitality, useful against tiredness, depression sadness, helpful in case of stress or to counteract stress eating, able to stimulate the tissues, to tone and nourish the skin, against cellulite, for soft and glossy hair.
Cocoa essential oil is obtained through the processing of the seeds of cocoa plant, scientific name Theobroma cacao. This essential oil is characterized by a special aroma and interesting antioxidant properties and can be used in cosmetic, aromatherapy but also to give to your dishes a fascinating scent. Let’s see the main uses of one of the yummiest essential oils. Cosmetic – Cocoa essential oil is used to perfume the cosmetics. In addition to this, thanks to its antioxidant and nourishing pr...
Dandelion, herbal medicine
Protective effect on the liver, helps in case of poor digestion, useful to counteract acne caused by bad work of the liver, hypoglycemic, purifying and diuretic properties, against water retention, cellulite, constipation, high cholesterol and rheumatism.
Dandelion, or common dandelion, scientific name Taraxacum officinale, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. It is widespread in gardens and meadows and is characterized by elongated leaves with a toothed margin and by a beautiful yellow flower that matures into spherical seed heads called blowballs or clocks, consisting of single-seeded fruits attached to a pappus of fine hairs that are carried by the wind and make possible to disperse easily the seeds of the plant. The dandelion is a very intere...
Benefits for the cardiovascular system and for the muscles, able to improve memory, concentration and mood, helpful in case of water retention, cellulite, swollen legs, to counteract obesity and overweight and also some types of cancer.
Walking, the easiest and most spontaneous form of physical activity, is also a natural remedy. We don’t give enough importance to it but it can bring a lot of benefits, vitality and wellbeing. In fact, more than 2000 years ago Hippocrates, a Greek physician considered the father of medicine, argued that walking is the best form of medicine. A constant and regular practice helps remove tensions, tones the muscles and makes elastic and flexible ligaments and tendons. Walking improves the blood ci...
Antioxidant and anti cancer action according to scientific studies, vitamins, mineral salts and folic acid, able to keep under control the levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, counteracts the abdominal fat, diuretic and detox properties.
Shallot, scientific name Allium ascalonium, is a bulb native to Ashkelon, an ancient city of Palestine. It is similar to garlic, with a bulb constituted by several cloves covered by a thin peel. Like the other members of Allium family, such as garlic, onion, leek and chives, also shallot is a source of phytochemical sulfur-containing compounds that develop when shallot is cut, chopped or sliced. These substances act as anti-cancers by inhibiting the proliferation and growth of many cancer cell...
Sea salt, unrefined
Mineral salts such as iodine but also iron, potassium and magnesium, for external use able to kill bacteria and for this reason useful in case of sore throat or irritations of the mouth, relaxes the muscles, counteracts eczema, ingredient of body scrub.
it’s easy to say salt… but actually there are a lot of different types of salt that you can buy, some types are healthier than other varieties. For example, the refined salt commonly used to season the dishes in cooking is the most processed and the richest in sodium chloride that, of course, is an indispensable substance for life but, if in too high quantity, can cause damages to the gastric mucosa, an increase in blood pressure and a worsening of osteoporosis. If you consider that sodium is a...
For cosmetic use, antioxidant, soothing, antiseptic and nourishing properties, useful to treat dry skin, eczema, itching, cellulite, helpful also for the beauty of the hair that makes luminous and protects if damaged by protein loss, against dandruff, can be used as a toothpaste, acts as a teeth whitener, against dental plaque formation and cavity.
Coconut oil is an oil obtained through cold pressing of the dry pulp of the coconut. This oil is solid at temperatures below 25°C and is rapidly growing in popularity thanks to its particular properties. We don’t speak about the possible use of coconut oil for cooking, this use is indeed still very debated and there are different opinions about its safety, some people think that coconut oil can cause an increasing in LDL cholesterol levels, on the contrary other people are sure that the content ...
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...
Diuretic properties, useful in case of cellulite, water retention, overweight or obesity due to water retention, renal failure at the initial stage, kidney stones, beech has also a cholesterol-lowering effect.
The common beech, scientific name Fagus sylvatica, belongs to the Fagacee family and looks like a very large tree with a smooth and thin bark. The beech buds are used to prepare the glycerine macerate of this plant, a diuretic remedy used to treat issues such as cellulite, water retention, overweight due to water retention but also kidney stones or renal failure at the initial stage. The glycerine macerate also reduces cholesterol levels in the blood. You can take the glycerine macerate, 50 drop...
Diuretic and purifying action, useful in case of hyperazotemia, mild cholesterol lowering and hypotensive properties, action against cellulite, water retention and edema of the lower limbs, able to protect blood vessels.
Lespedeza capitata is a plant of the Fabaceae family native to the North America. This remedy, thanks to the flavonoids, is able to induce a deep and prolonged diuretic action that helps remove the nitrogenous wastes that are produced by the degradation of the proteins in the body. The plant has also a mild cholesterol-lowering, hypotensive and antioxidant action, moreover, it is able to protect the blood vessels from becoming fragile. Lespedeza acts against cellulite and edema of the lower limb...
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 ...
Chestnut, glycerin macerate
Lymphatic circulation support, remedy for lymphatic stasis, swollen and heavy legs, cellulite, lower limb edema, helpful to prevent varicose veins.
From the buds of the plant Castanea vesca, namely the chestnut, a solid tree of the Fagaceae family, a glycerin macerate able to bring benefit to the lymphatic circulation is obtained. In case of lymphatic stasis, lower limb edema, cellulite, heavy and swollen legs and venous and lymphatic insufficiency you can use this remedy, which is rich in ellagic acid, a powerful polyphenol with antioxidant properties. You can take 50 drops of glycerin macerate of Castanea Vesca (Chestnut) in the evening ...
Sweet fennel essential oil
Digestive properties, useful in case of lack of appetite, nausea, meteorism, constipation, remedy for hiccups, calming and harmonizing effect, able to stimulate the circulation and against water retention.
Sweet fennel essential oil is obtained from the pressed seeds of the plant Foeniculum vulgare belonging to the Apiaceae family. This essential oil has digestive properties, it is able to stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system, it has a diuretic and calming effect. Avoid it if you suffer from epilepsy and seizures, during pregnancy and before sun or sunlamps exposure because of the photosensitizing effect. Let’s see the main uses. Digestive action, against colitis, nausea and cons...
Antioxidant, nutritional and moisturizing properties, able to stimulate skin collagen, draining and anti-cellulite action, used for creams and preparations for dry, mature and irritated skin, cracked lips, stretch marks, cellulite and dried and frizzy hair.
Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat that is extracted from cocoa seeds, Theobroma cacao, and, besides being a component of chocolate tablets, is a very interesting ingredient for cosmetic use. In fact, cocoa butter has antioxidant properties, stimulates the production of collagen for a more tonic and elastic skin and has nutritional, moisturizing and protective properties thanks to the presence of fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acid. These features make cocoa butter an essential ingredient f...
Diuretic, antiseptic and antibiotic properties, remedy in case of water retention, swollen legs, cellulite, infections of the urinary tract such as cystitis and urethritis, detox action, helpful to remove toxins and to protect the liver, against brucellosis.
Pilosella, scientific name Hieracium Pilosella, also known as mouse-ear hawkwee is a plant belonging to Compositae family. Pilosella has been known and used as a remedy since the 12th century, in fact Saint Hildegard, a German Benedictine abbess and naturalist, spoke about this plant in her writings. Today we know that pilosella has diuretic, astringent, antiseptic and antibiotic properties, this last characteristic has been confirmed by the presence of umbelliferone, an hydroxycoumarin that act...
Diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, protection for the microcirculation, indicated to treat swollen legs, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, cellulite and water retention.
Melilotus, scientific name Melilotus officinalis, also known as yellow sweet clover or common melilot, is a plant of the Fabaceae family with sedative, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, able to protect the microcirculation and to facilitate lymphatic drainage. The flower buds are used as a remedy for venous and lymphatic insufficiency, water retention, edema of the lower limbs, swollen and heavy legs, varicose veins, phlebitis, hemorrhoids and cellulite, and even if there are still no s...
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