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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
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...
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
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
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...
Artichoke, herbal remedy
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,...
Dandelion, herbal medicine
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Chestnut, glycerin macerate
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Asparagus officinalis, or asparagus, is a medicinal plant of the Liliaceae family. Its properties have been known since ancient times, in fact the Greek physician Galen recommended it for its diuretic activity, now we know that you can use both the roots than the sprouts, called asparagus with the same name of the plant. The asparagus are diuretics, for this reason they result helpful in cases of water retention, rheumatism or arthritis, gout, edema, kidney stones and to prevent cystitis. But as...
Ortosiphon, or Java tea, is a perennial plant native to tropical Asia. The leaves, used to prepare herbal teas or other herbal preparations such as capsules, have diuretic and cleansing properties, can promote the expulsion of sodium chloride which accumulates in body tissues, they also have a mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect on the urinary tract and they contribute to control the levels of bad LDL cholesterol. Therefore, the Java tea is used as a remedy in case of water retention, s...
Solidago virgaurea, or goldenrod, belongs to the Asteraceae family medicinal plant, also known as Composite. It is characterized by abundant yellow inflorescences, from which it takes its name, in fact the latin word virga aurea indicates the yellow, gold color of the flower spike. The Goldenrod has a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antiseptic action on the urinary tract. Given these properties, you can use the plant as a remedy for cystitis, inflammations and infections affecting ...
Dill, Anethum graveolens, is an aromatic and medicinal plant of the Umbelliferae or Apiaceae family, it has an aroma similar to that of fennel and contains nitrogen and aromatic compounds and mucilage that give to this remedy carminative, antispasmodic and analgesic properties. Dill helps cleanse the body and fight water retention, it has also anti-inflammatory substances and contains important antioxidants to strengthen the immune system, the plant promotes the elimination of intestinal gas and...
Meadowsweet or spiraea ulmaria, scientific name Filipendula ulmaria, belongs to the Rosaceae family. Although it is different, from the esthetic point of view, from the rose, it is very close relative, because both have in common a very intense smell. Known and also used by King Alboin to treat gout, we now know that the meadowsweet has important and demonstrated diuretic properties that make it a remedy to treat edema of the legs, joint effusion, gout, rheumatism, kidney colic and stones of the...
Common grape vine
Common grape vine, its scientific name is Vitis vinifera, belongs to the Vitaceae family. Native to Asia, the grape vine has tonic, vasoprotective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and draining properties, it is a good remedy to treat varicose veins, cellulite and hemorrhoids. For this reason the grape vine acts as a remedy for care and protection of the circulatory system, promotes circulation, counteracts varicose veins, heavy legs and lymphatic stasis, reduces the formation of s...
Glechoma hederacea, commonly known as ground ivy, is one of the Lamiaceae or Labiatae plant family, the same family of sage and mint. Unlike climbing ivy, a different species, it does not climb on the obstacles but prefers to remain at the ground level. The plant is not toxic and is rich in vitamin C, it helps in case of respiratory problems such as cough or asthma, colds and bronchitis, and is a very powerful tonic. It also has diuretic properties and improves the functionality of the stomach a...
Centella asiatica, known also as gotu kola, is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. This plant is a remedy in case of cellulite, but it is also helpful in case of edema and capillary fragility, heaviness and swelling in the legs. It has a phlebotonic action, by strengthening and making more flexible the walls of blood vessels, in this way centella improves circulation and is useful to treat the hemorrhoids. Even the skin can benefit from Centella, which stimulates collagen, ...
Mate, also known as yerba mate, is a South American traditional infused drink. This herbal tea is rich in caffeine, for this reason it results a good choice in case of tiredness or if you need high concentration. In addition to this, mate has also antioxidant properties, it has a diuretic effect by helping the kidneys to work, it is a remedy in case of water retention, cellulite and to prevent stone formation, it improves blood circulation and stimulates the metabolism. But mate has also a weigh...
Ash is a plant with diuretic, laxative, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory and ant rheumatic properties. You can use the leaves, with a diuretic and laxative effect, in case of rheumatism or gout, water retention, cellulite, and the bark, with toning and astringent action useful in cases of diarrhea and bleeding. Ash also has febrifugal properties. Herbal tea of leaves – For the diuretic action prepare a brew by taking a handful of dried leaves and by adding them in one liter of boiling water, l...
The hamamelis, also known as common or American witch-hazel, is a plant with astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. The witch-hazel protects blood vessels and can be used to treat diarrhea, it helps also in case of sore throat and gum inflammations, but especially it is a remedy in case of hemorrhoids and other disorders of the circulatory system such as varicose veins, phlebitis, cellulite and capillary fragility, since it strengthens the walls of blood vessels and prev...
The ivy climbing must be used for external application, indeed, if used internally, in large doses, it can cause poisoning. This plant has anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite, anesthetic and pain killer properties. Ivy climbing can be used in case of pains, that calms, rheumatism and burns. You can use ivy climbing for a toothache, but also for ears ache or sore throat. This plant helps also in case of cellulite, by fighting fat, gives elasticity to the skin and reduces swelling of the ankles by i...
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