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The auricularia auricula judae, also known as wood ear or jelly ear, is an edible mushroom characterized by a particular ear-like elongated shape. This fungus grows on tree trunks, especially elder, and has been used since ancient times in China as a food and herbal remedy (Balakrishnan et al, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jan 2015). From the auricularia fungus a supplement is obtained with important medicinal properties, useful for the well-being of the organism...
Sea as a source of health
Renè Quinton was a biologist who, at the beginning of the last century, saw sea water as an important source of health for the body. Indeed, he considered this water as a real medicine, similar to the blood that flows in the body and able to keep alive, according to Quinton, something that can survive just in the blood and organic liquids, the white blood cell. Sea water can enter the body through the skin but can also be taken orally or sprayed into the nose. Bathing in the sea - But why sea ...
Linden honey? Wild flower honey? Acacia or eucalyptus honey? No, buckwheat honey! Although it may seem strange, there is also buckwheat honey, and what a honey! Based on scientific research, this type of honey is a powerful source of beneficial properties, but let's see better in detail. Buckwheat honey, how it appears and properties - First, buckwheat honey is produced by bees from the flowers of buckwheat that are small flowers characterized by a color ranging from white to light pink. The o...
Immune system, how to protect it Part 2, plants and foods
Viruses, bacteria, toxins and yes, even tumors, are all the aggressions from which the immune system defends us. That's why it's important to take care of it. There are lifestyle habits and particular food choices that can help strengthen the immune system, some more known, others less. We’ll see better in detail and we’ll try also to understand what remedies are really effective and supported by scientific studies. Vitamins - Vitamins C and E have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pr...
Immune system, how to protect it Part 1, healthy habits
The immune system is our shield, thanks to chemical reactions and biological processes it has the task of protecting us from any aggression, which can occur in the form of viruses, bacteria, parasites but also tumors, as emerged from recent scientific researches that are studying the connection between the immune system and cancer cells (Corthay et al, Front Immunol, May 2014 - Palmer et al, PNAS, Feb 2018). It is therefore important to take care of our defenses, whatever the season! Fortunately...
Food combinations and properties, the strawberries, better than aspirin
On the shelves of the supermarkets the strawberries start to appear, so delicious and juicy that these fruits are the joy of children and adults! But strawberries are also a powerful source of healthy substances whose action may be increased or, on the contrary, inactivated, by other food with which strawberries are served. Let’s see better in detail. Properties – Strawberries contain iodine, in particular, a cup of fresh strawberries may have about 13 mcg of this essential micronutrient, a go...
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...
Elmleaf blackberry honey, beauty cosmetic and natural remedy
Elmleaf blackberry, also called bramble, scientific name Rubus ulmifolius, is a species of wild blackberry belonging to the Rosaceae family. The bramble is a remedy of tradition thanks to its powerful anti-pyretic properties, therefore useful to counteract the fever, and to its antioxidant effect given by some phenolic compounds such as ellagitannins (Martins et al, Food Funct, Jun 2014 - Niaz et al, BMC Complement Altern Med). These healthful properties are also transferred to honey that is obt...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 8, lemon balm honey for the Nefertari’s bath
Nefertari was a queen of Ancient Egypt, the wife of Ramses the Great, who dedicated her a temple that still fascinates all the people who have the opportunity to admire it, majestic and timeless, able to defy the centuries and the works of humans, Abu Simbel, set in the southernmost part of Egypt, in Aswan. Nefertari was much loved by Ramses and, as they say, also very beautiful and she took care of her beauty with ointments, creams and baths. Between history and legend, today we take inspiratio...
Cypress, mother tincture and extract
The cypress, scientific name cupressus, is a plant of the family Cupressaceae characterized by the typical candle-like and tapered shape. But the cypress is not just a beautiful ornamental tree, it has also important healthy properties. In a previous post we have already seen its use in the form of decoction, now we focus the attention on two preparations that you can easily find in herbalist’s or chemist’s shops, the fluid extract and the mother tincture. The fluid extract, obtained from the be...
Chaga mushroom, scientific name Inonotus obliquus, is a type of mushroom that generally grows on the bark of trees such as birch but also beech, oak and alder in regions characterized by cold weather such as Siberia, Alaska and part of north Canada. The name chaga comes from the Russian word used to indicate the mushroom. This mushroom has been used for centuries and now it is becoming popular thanks to its antioxidant properties, useful to counteract aging processes, wrinkles and dull skin, but...
Grapefruit, citrus paradisi, is a fruit tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. Its fruits, always called grapefruits, are round with a yellow skin and a bitter taste. The pulp instead can be light yellow or even pink. In particular, from hybridization with blood orange you can get a fruit with a sweet pulp and a bright pink color. In other cases the pink variant has been obtained by exposure to ionizing radiation, for example the two cultivars called Star Ruby and Rio Red, in this case the pink ...
The satsuma tangerine is a citrus fruit native to Japan. The scientific name of the plant is Citrus unshiu and it is also known as myagawa. The peel is thin, green or yellow, even after ripening, and the pulp is orange, seedless, characterized by a sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. The ripe fruit can be harvested between October and December, is very resistant to cold and is a very appreciated delicacy rich in healthy properties, let's see them. The satsuma is particularly rich in antioxida...
Prunella, scientific name prunella vulgaris, also known as common self-heal or woundwort, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, which is characterized by anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, healing and purifying properties. For internal use, the remedy can bring relief in case of migraine, high blood pressure, seasonal illnesses, since it acts by supporting the immune system, and diarrhea, while for external use the prunella is useful to accelerate the healing of wounds, inflam...
Speedwell, scientific name Veronica officinalis, is a plant of the Plantaginaceae family already known by the ancient Germanic peoples thanks to its beneficial properties. In addition to this, speedwell is also described by the well known herbalist Maria Treben. Speedwell grows spontaneously on dried soils and is characterized by a high purifying action, helps keep under control the cholesterol and is able to prevent atherosclerosis. This plant has a soothing action in case of eczema and itches....
Viola odorata, commonly known as sweet violet, common violet or garden violet, is a small perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Violaceae family. For the ancients, besides the fact that it was a sacred flower, violet was also very appreciated as a remedy able to treat headache caused by a very rich meal. Nowadays common violet can be used to soothe cough, both the cough of seasonal illnesses and the cough of the smokers, to treat inflammations and stomach irritations. It has also a laxativ...
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...
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...
Silver is a trace element, and even though it is not considered essential, it results able to bring benefit to the body thanks to its anti-inflammatory, painkilling, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Able to inhibit the growth of bacteria, silver was already known to ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians that used to keep water in jars coated with silver in order to purify it and avoid contaminations. As a remedy silver has an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action especially for what conce...
The dates are the fruits of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, and their name comes from Greek daktylos, which means finger, for their elongated shape. These fruits can be eaten either fresh, though in this form they are harder to find, or dry. Rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, but also vitamins A, B and C, the dates help control cholesterol and give relief in case of constipation. In order to benefit the bowel functionalities, you can try to soak 2-3 dates in a...
Chestnut honey is obtained from the flowers of chestnut tree, it’s got a deep amber color and a slightly bitter taste. This type of honey is characterized by anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, for this reason it can be used in case of colds, flu, sore throat, cough but it can also improve the intestinal functionality and acts with an anti-microbial effect. Indeed, a study carried out in 2013 by a group of Spanish researchers and published on the scientific journal Food and Function...
Cauliflower is a winter vegetable of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family. It is rich in fibers and, due to its high satiating power combined with low calories intake, it is well suited to be introduced into the diet of those people who are overweight. In addition to this, the cauliflower contains minerals such as potassium, that results helpful to regulate blood pressure, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, but also vitamins A, group B, C, E, K, J, antioxidants such as l...
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...
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...
Cardamom is a spice whose scientific name is Elettaria, we know two varieties: green cardamom and black cardamom. Known since the time of Ancient Greeks and Romans, cardamom looks like a capsule containing the seeds, that are very fragrant. To use this spice the capsule should be broken and the seeds, once collected, can be used for flavoring food but also as a basis for herbal teas with beneficial properties in case of toothache, gum problems, poor digestion and inflammation of the respiratory ...
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...
Cornelian cherry, also known as Cornelian cherry dogwood, belongs to the Cornaceae family and with its fruits can be prepared jams, juices but also liqueurs. The cornel fruits are red and have an elongated shape, they are rich in vitamin C, they are also a powerful antibiotic and are helpful to strengthen the immune system and to prevent and combat disorders of the respiratory tract. Thanks to the astringent action, the fruits of the cornelian cherry can be used to treat diarrhea and dysentery. ...
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...
Acerola (Malpighia glabra)
Acerola (Malpighia glabra) is a plant that grows mostly in Central and South America. The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, it contains also vitamins of group B, mineral salts such as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, and antioxidants. It revitalizes the body and modulates the production of histamine. It should be taken as a supplement to each season change, to strengthen the immune system and fight against flu and colds. In general the dosage is 5mg for kilogram body weight, to b...
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