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Ivy, to clear the respiratory tract and counter cough, bronchitis and colds
Anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antibacterial, antispasmodic and bronchodilator properties, useful against cough, cold, bronchitis but also asthma, sore throat and flu symptoms.
Legend has it that an ivy plant enveloped the body of the child Dionysus to protect him from the flames generated by a lightning bolt from Zeus. And this is why an ivy branch is always depicted around the head of the god of wine and grapes. Over the centuries, however, the sacred value of the plant has been somewhat lost, considering it almost a weed or a plant with a mere decorative purpose. Instead, ivy leaves are a concentrate of substances useful for health, especially in this period when it...
Immune system and respiratory health, here are foods and supplements that may help
Herbal teas, foods and supplements to strengthen the immune system of the respiratory tract and fight bacterial and viral infections, colds and flu.
How to strengthen our natural defenses and prepare us for the colder season that inevitably brings colds and flu? Certainly with diet and supplements it is possible to protect the respiratory tract, but let's try to understand better on the basis of scientific studies. Elderberries - Elderberry, scientific name Sambucus nigra, is considered a valuable ally against colds and flu. In fact, elderberries are a precious source of antioxidant substances, such as quercetin and anthocyanins. Thanks t...
Immune system, how to fortify it with tea and herbal teas
Infusions, teas and decoctions to strengthen the defenses, to fight colds and flu, to protect the lungs and to reduce inflammation.
When it comes to the immune system it is important to emphasize that there is no magic drink capable of wiping out viruses and bacteria. Rather, it is the synergy of food and drinks, which, if taken regularly, counteract inflammation, free radical damage and support the body's natural defenses. After this necessary premise, certainly there are drinks, teas and herbal teas, more powerful than others to strengthen our immune system, fortifying the airways, helping to prevent viral infections and a...
Acerola cherry, a superfood rich in vitamin C
High content of vitamin C, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity action, counteracts weight gain, bad cholesterol and triglycerides, antidiabetic and capable of supporting the immune system against infections, especially of the respiratory tract, protects the skin from UV damage and stimulates collagen production.
Acerola cherry, scientific name Malpighia emarginata, also known as West Indian cherry, is a bush that grows in the warm climates of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Its fruits are cherry-like berries with extraordinary properties for health and the immune system. Here you can find acerola berry in the form of a supplement in pharmacies, herbalists and specialty stores. But let's try to understand the extraordinary properties of this red berry. Acerola cherry, nutrients - Acerola ...
Peppermint, the plant with a thousand uses
Analgesic, antiseptic, digestive, carminative, brings energy, counteracts both physical and mental fatigue, protects the airways, calms coughs, headaches and abdominal pains, is anti-stress, stimulates hair growth and counteracts itching.
The myth comes to us thanks to the Metamorphoses, the poem written by the Roman poet Ovid. And the myth speaks of the nymph Myntha, daughter of the god of rivers and endowed with a unique beauty that made anyone who looked at her fall in love. Unfortunately, Pluto, the god of the Underworld, fell in love with her. And when Proserpina, Pluto's wife, noticed it, she, blinded by her anger, transformed Myntha into a plant, which could not attract attention due to its normal shape and color. Pluto, g...
Red rose, the queen of flowers
Tonic for digestion, stimulates liver purification, modulates the immune system especially as regards the airways, counteracts phlegm, cough, sore throat and cold, soothes burnt and chapped skin, counteracts wrinkles, acne and blackheads but it is also an ally for the health of the eyes, both when they appear swollen and when they are tired, irritated and red. The rose also improves mood, calms the nervous system and is a tonic for the whole organism.
It is said that when the archaeologist Howard Carter entered Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time in 1922, there was a scent of flowers in the air. And, from what is said, it seems that the thing that released this perfume was a bouquet of red roses, which Carter found on the pharaoh's sarcophagus, probably the last gift from his wife. Roses have always been a symbol of beauty and love, they are the sacred flowers of Aphrodite who gave them the wonderful red color by running once in a field of ...
Manuka essential oil, from New Zealand the anti-aging, antibacterial and antiviral remedy
Essential oil with antibacterial properties, useful against acne, folliculitis, cystitis, tooth decay and pyorrhea, also helps in case of candida, nail fungus and seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, counteracts wrinkles and photo-aging, proven antiviral action against herpes virus.
1769, along the coast of New Zealand, the prow of the ship cut the crystal clear waters making its way into the bay. All around the luxuriant and uncontaminated nature was the setting for fairytale landscapes. But the crew could not see these wonders since they were weakened by scurvy. The Captain knew that he'd have to find quickly a place to disembark and stock up on fresh fruit. Finally, in front of them, a beach! On land, the Captain immediately became acquainted with the local population wh...
Breathing, the simplest natural remedy for viral infections, asthma, insomnia and anxiety
Breath as a natural remedy. Let's see the best breathing techniques that, based on scientific research, have been shown to counteract anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma and even viral infections of the respiratory tract.
Breathing and the way we do it can become our powerful allies against asthma, but also colds, respiratory tract infections, anxiety and insomnia. Let's see how small tricks or simple exercises that you can practice even every day for a few minutes can help improve well-being and quality of life. Sometimes solutions and remedies are something we really have… under our noses! Breathing through the nose against viral infections - Between the mouth and nose, it is best to breathe through the nose...
Tiger balm, against headache, back pain and respiratory tract diseases
Thanks to the essential oils that compose it, it performs an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic and antimicrobial action, useful in case of tension headaches, stiff neck, back pain but also to improve breathing, to open the nose and to counteract asthma.
Rangoon, Burma, 1870. In his laboratory a herbalist named Aw Chu Kin worked hard by mixing herbs and oils together, he was looking for something able to relieve pain and to make humans forget the suffering caused by muscle and joint ailments. And eventually he found it. And it was so powerful that a large commercial empire was developed on the basis of this herbal product, carried on by the children of Aw Chu Kin and by the children of his children. We are talking about tiger balm, one of the mo...
Tarocco blood oranges
Able to protect and strengthen the immune system by counteracting colds and coughs, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes and anti-cholesterol, protect the health of blood vessels and the brain from degeneration.
Among the different types of blood orange, the undisputed queen is certainly the tarocco blood orange, known and appreciated all over the world even though its origin is Italian, Sicilian in particular. Tarocco orange has a juicy and sweet pulp streaked with red. The red color is given by antioxidant substances, called anthocyanins, which are formed in the presence of particular climatic conditions, such as hot days and cold nights. Anthocyanins are present only in this type of oranges while the...
The treasures of the hive against viruses and bacteria
Royal jelly and propolis are characterized by an antiviral and antibacterial action, useful against sore throats, colds, sinusitis and in general against the infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract.
If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live. This quote has been attributed for some time to the great physicist and Nobel Prize-winning Albert Einstein who, however, as it seems based on recent reconstructions, never said this sentence. In any case, this statement certainly gives a good idea of ??the importance of these small buzzing insects. Without bees, there would be a drastic drop in the production of fruit and vegetables and the...
Supports the immune system, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal action, counteracts candida, helps reduce the incidence of colds, gastroenteritis and viral infections.
Lactoferrin is a protein composed of about 700 amino acids and first identified in 1939 in cow's milk. However, lactoferrin is also very abundant in human milk and represents a protection for newborns against gastrointestinal infections. But that's not all. In fact, lactoferrin has an antibacterial and antiviral action and, for this reason, is the focus of numerous researches for its ability to strengthen human defenses against external threats, including, it seems, the infection caused by the n...
Food combinations and cooking methods, sweet peppers
Vitamins, mineral salts, proteins and antioxidants, peppers are a truly beneficial food for health, characterized by anticancer, anti-obesity, neuroprotective and diuretic properties as well as useful for bone health. Let's find out how to make them more digestible and what are the best cooking methods and food combinations to maximize their properties.
They can be of different colors, red, yellow or green, some are small and elongated, others larger and square, we are talking about sweet or bell peppers. Peppers bring joy to any dish but are also a precious source of healthy substances. First of all, they are characterized by a high antioxidant, anti aging, antitumor, anti diabetes and neuroprotective power. Peppers strengthen the immune system and contain vitamins, such as C, group B and P, provitamin A but also proteins and mineral salts (Ch...
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...
Dates, properties and benefits
Energy, vitamins and mineral salts, antioxidants and fibers, help to keep nervous hunger under control, antitumor action, protect the brain from degeneration, thanks to the anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating and antimicrobial action they are beneficial for the respiratory tract.
Dates are the fruits of the date palm, scientific name Phoenix dactylifera, one of the oldest plants cultivated by man and a source of nutrition for more than 6000 years. Nowadays, dates can be found almost everywhere in their dried form and are a treat for adults and children thanks to their sweet and buttery note. But dates are not only a pleasure for the palate, they are in fact also a source of healthy properties, so much that they are considered a real medical food. But let's understand bet...
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...
Food combinations, how to strengthen the immune system
Garlic, cinnamon, cloves, lemon, extra virgin olive oil and elderberry, these are just some foods that can strengthen the defenses and act with antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Eat healthy but eat tasty! Today we will see simple and delicious recipes to strengthen the immune system and help it fight the external threats that come from viruses and bacteria. Without forgetting the importance of hygiene measures, we can also resort to diet to fortify our defenses. Let’s learn more about! Bruschetta - We are used to thinking of bruschetta as a tasty, crunchy and fragrant appetizer, but in fact this exquisite preparation is also useful for the health of the immune system....
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...
Antiseptic, stimulates the immune system, useful in case of diseases of the upper respiratory tract, cough, sore throat, runny nose and sinusitis, also helpful in case of wounds and canker sores.
Baptisia is a plant of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family, the same as chickpeas and lentils, just to give some examples. Baptisia is considered a remedy in case of diseases of the respiratory tract for the well-being of the nose and throat. But let's see what science says about this plant and its applications. Baptisia, properties - Baptisia is antiseptic and is a remedy capable of stimulating the immune system, as proven by scientific studies (Beuscher et al, Planta Med, 1985). Not only that...
Antispasmodic and calming action, useful in case of anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, but also stomach and belly pain, diuretic, anti-inflammatory action, helpful in case of cough, cold and sore throat.
Linden, or basswood, scientific name Tilia, is a plant of the Tiliaceae family that can reach considerable size and is characterized by a great longevity. Linden flowers, leaves and bark are considered excellent natural remedies to prepare decoctions and infusions with a calming and antispasmodic action. But let's see in detail the properties of this very special plant. Linden, properties - Maurice Messegue speaks of linden in his book My herbarium, indicating this plant as a remedy for insomn...
Cornmint essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, useful against rheumatic pain and stiff neck, antispasmodic and carminative, helpful in case of stomach pain, abdominal pain and poor digestion, able to soothe cough, nasal decongestant and useful to counteract irritation of the mucous membranes.
With its green and scented leaves, mint is a very popular plant, both in gardens and in vegetable gardens. But there are different types of mint. The most common is certainly peppermint, but we cannot forget spearmint and the topic of today's article, mentha arvensis. Perhaps the scientific term mentha arvensis says little, but you have surely heard of Japanese mint. In fact, Japanese mint, or mentha arvensis, is one of the mints most sought-after by experts as it has a very particular aroma and...
Mountain pine essential oil
Able to counteract cough and cold, helpful to better breathe, analgesic action and useful in case of muscle pain, tonic for the body.
Mountain pine, scientific name pinus mugo var pumilio belonging to the family of Pinaceae, is a shrub that may grow up to 3 meters. The habitat of mountain pine is the mountain between 1500 and 2700 meters above sea level and from steam distillation of its needles and branches a very interesting essential oil is obtained, the topic of the post of today. Mountain pine essential oil, properties – Mountain pine essential oil is characterized by balsamic, anti inflammatory, expectorant, antitussiv...
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 ...
Essential oil blend of the four thieves
Blend of essential oils with a powerful antibacterial, analgesic, anti inflammatory and anti viral action, useful to counteract the growth of bacteria and able to play a role in preventing or soothing the symptoms of flu.
On the wall of the museum in Marseille a recipe of a very special remedy is hanging, the vinegar of the four thieves. It is obtained by macerating several herbs in vinegar to create a lotion that should be applied on the body. This tradition has its roots in the legend of the four thieves, four friends that, it is said, in order to plunder the houses without being infected by the plague that hit Marseille in 1720 made this special medicinal vinegar. In the course of time the recipe changed, some...
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...
Antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory, the synergy of honey and ginger maximizes the properties of the individual ingredients.
Wind, cold, temperature changes and humidity may also bring cold, flu and sore throat. However, we have a very powerful natural remedy, beneficial and really easy to find or make, ginger honey. Ginger honey, properties - Ginger honey is obtained by infusing pieces of fresh ginger in honey instead of water. The resulting product is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial since it combines the properties of ginger and honey and can therefore be used now and throughout the winter to stre...
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 ...
Laurel essential oil
Sedative, calming, anti inflammatory and antiviral action, useful to counteract virus, flu and cold, soothes stomach pain and abdominal cramps, helps in case of joint and muscle pain, counteracts acne and dermatitis.
Laurel, scientific name Laurus nobilis, also known as bay tree or bay laurel, is a medicinal and ornamental plant cultivated mainly in Europe and America. Through steam distillation of leaves and branches an essential oil is obtained with anti bacterial, antiviral, digestive and calming properties. This essential oil should be used only externally, it is not for inner intake, avoid during pregnancy and, in any case, test it on a small portion of your skin to be sure that it is not irritating for...
Helichrysum essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, healing, antifungal and antimicrobial action, useful in case of acne, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, wound and blisters, beneficial properties for the airways, relaxing on body and mind, useful in case of mental exhaustion.
Through steam distillation of the flowers of helichrysum, scientific name Helichrysum italicum of the Asteraceae family, a really beneficial and precious essential oil is obtained. This essential oil is used to treat several skin disorders, ecchymosis but also problems affecting the respiratory tract and, from the emotional point of view, it helps counteract mental exhaustion and burnout. But let’s see better the uses. Helichrysum essential oil for the skin – In literature (Orchard et al, Evi...
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