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Mallow, the plant that cures all ailments
Powerful anti-inflammatory action useful to counter gastritis and cystitis, counteracts gastric ulcers, helps in case of cough, hoarseness, sore throat and inflammation of the oral cavity, excellent cleanser of acne-prone and impure skin, counteracts skin spots, psoriasis and couperose.
The Greek poet Hesiod laughed, in one of his poems, at those who did not know the properties of the plant, compared to real treasures. Orazio used to say that he ate only this plant, olives and chicory and Charles the Great ordered its cultivation in all the imperial gardens. We are talking about common mallow, a plant whose properties have been known since ancient times, so much that in the sixteenth century the doctors declared that anyone who drank a mallow tea for that day would chase away a...
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...
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...
Cinnamon, the spice of health
Antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant, useful in the case of irritable bowel, helps keep body weight, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, protects the heart and brain.
There are aromas that make you feel immediately at home, wherever you are, and that calm you and bring serenity. I think that the scent of cinnamon is one of them. Just close your eyes and smell the spice in order to bring to mind images of warmth and family. A pinch of cinnamon makes the aroma of any dessert enveloping and fascinating! But cinnamon not only gives to dishes aroma and taste, it is also a powerful source of health. Let's try to understand better. Cinnamon, properties - From the ...
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...
Winter savory essential oil
Antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal, useful in case of candida but also acne, blackheads and canker sores, analgesic and anti-inflammatory action, helps to counteract muscle pain and rheumatism, antispasmodic, counteracts cough and stomach pain.
Winter savory, scientific name satureja montana, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the steam distillation of the herb an essential oil with interesting properties is obtained. So let's see the uses and applications of winter savory essential oil. However, this essential oil should not be used in pregnancy and on children. Essential oil of winter savory, properties - Essential oil of winter savory is rich in phenolic compounds such as carvacrol, almost 60%, and thymol, 20% (Vidic et al, ...
Mineral salts, vitamins, antibacterial properties, useful against sore throats, coughs, but also stomach and urinary tract problems, healing and antimicrobial, counteracts acne.
Wildflower honey, also known as polyfloral honey, is a type of honey produced, the name also suggests it, from the nectar of different flowers. It can be produced in the hills, in the plains or in the mountains, has an amber yellow color and has a delicate taste compared to other types of honey, such as chestnut honey that has a typical bitter note. Wildflower honey is the honey that is most commonly found on the market, perhaps less valuable than other types of honey but capable in any case of ...
Essential oil of white thyme, the breath of Zeus
Antibacterial action, useful in case of acne and blackheads, soothes itching, irritation and insect bites, helps in case of gingivitis, stomatitis and canker sores, antitussive and antispasmodic properties, useful in case of cough and bronchitis, has been demonstrated its beneficial action in case of alopecia areata.
Thyme, scientific name Thymus vulgaris, is a plant known and appreciated for centuries for its properties. For the ancient Greeks the scent of thyme was considered the breath of Zeus and thyme was revered as a sacred plant. Today we can buy the essence of thyme contained in small bottles and obtained by steam distillation of the herb. From thyme, however, two types of essential oils can be obtained, the essential oil of red thyme, very powerful, and the essential oil of white thyme, obtained fro...
Reishi, the mushroom of immortality that improves breathing
Strengthens and modulates the action of the immune system, soothes cough and asthma, antitumor and antioxidant, increases energy and vitality, antiallergic.
The reishi, scientific name Ganoderma lucidum, is a mushroom that comes from Japan, considered among the medicinal mushrooms used for millennia by traditional medicine. Not for nothing, in fact, it is also known as the mushroom of immortality, able to promote longevity and good health. So let's see, on the basis of scientific studies, what are the beneficial properties of this so special mushroom. Reishi, properties – To the reishi mushroom are recognized antioxidant properties, namely, it is ...
Lemon balm, infusion, decoction and baths, against anxiety, insomnia and cramps
Lemon balm is analgesic, sedative, calming and digestive, it helps in case of abdominal pain, stomach ache and painful menstruation, reduces cough and is beneficial in case of headache.
Lemon balm, scientific name melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, the same as mint, oregano, sage and rosemary, to give some examples. With its leaves characterized by a lemon aroma, lemon balm is a wonderful choice for the gardens or the balconies where it can be grown. The lemon balm leaves can be used to prepare infusions and decoctions after a drying process. Alternatively, you can easily buy, even online, dried lemon balm leaves ready to be infused. But let's see the prop...
Useful in case of cough, bronchitis and asthma, diuretic, counteracts the formation of stones, calming action in case of abdominal pain caused by abundant menstruation, abdominal cramps and renal and biliary colic.
Visnaga, also called kella, scientific name Ammi visnaga, is a plant of the Apiaceae family. This remedy was already known to the ancient Egyptians and Arabs who used it to treat kidney colic. Nowadays it is possible to find mother tincture obtained from visnaga seeds in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops. So let's see now, on the basis of scientific research, the properties of this herbal remedy. Visnaga, properties - The mother tincture of visnaga is appreciated for its spasmolytic action, also...
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...
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic, useful in case of back pain, stiff neck and arthritis, counteracts acne and skin irritations, can be used to soothe cough and nasal congestion.
Copaiba oil is obtained by steam distillation of the resin of trees of the Copaifera species, belonging to the Fabaceae family. The oil that is obtained, available in herbalist’s shops and online, is arousing much interest among scientists and researchers thanks to its beneficial properties, which we will discuss in this post. Copaiba oil, properties - As shown by scientific studies, copaiba oil is anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antimicrobial, healing and analgesic (Guimaraes-Santos et al...
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 ...
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...
Natural remedies for flu, glycerin macerates and mother tinctures
Rosa canina, black alder and echinacea taken together to boost the immune system to protect the body from seasonal illnesses.
Sore throat, sinusitis, rhinitis and cough, these are the symptoms that often accompany us throughout the autumn and winter period. But natural remedies in the form of macerates and tinctures extracted from plants such as rosa canina, black alder and echinacea may be really helpful. Let's see what are the best treatments that you can use for flu symptoms, alone or together to exploit their synergy. However, before starting to take the remedies, always ask your doctor for advice if you are pregna...
Wild fennel, herbal tea and cosmetics
Digestive, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antioxidant action, useful in case of stomach ache, cramps, intestinal swelling, cough, it is possible to use fennel seeds also as an exfoliating scrub ingredient for the skin.
Fennel, scientific name Feoniculum vulgare, is an aromatic plant of the Apiaceae family. There are two variants of fennel, the first, of which we will speak in the post, is wild fennel, a spontaneous variety, while the second is the sweet or cultivated fennel. Fennel, properties - Compared to sweet fennel, the wild one shows a stronger antioxidant activity thanks to a higher quantity of phenolic and flavonoid compounds (Faudale et al, J Agric Food Chem, 2008). The main active ingredient of wil...
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...
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 ...
Useful against nausea, sour stomach, poor digestion, high levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, cough, characterized by antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, protects the liver, joints and brain.
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a plant of the Zingiberaceae family native to the Far East but nowadays widely known all over the world. The part of ginger that we use is the fleshy and fragrant rhizome, fresh, sliced or grated, in the dried form as a powder or even in the form of candied fruit. Ginger is a spice used to flavor sweet and savory dishes, but also to prepare healthy herbal teas. In fact, ginger is characterized by beneficial properties, which we are now going to see...
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...
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,...
Proteins, energy, mineral salts, important antioxidant and antibacterial properties proven by scientific studies, useful in case of irritated cough, sore throat and airway infections.
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...
Antispasmodic and soothing action, useful in case of irritated cough, muscle cramps, painful menstruation, colitis, headache and poor digestion.
The peony, scientific name peonia officinalis, of the Peoniaceae family, is a plant that is characterized by large flowers and bright colors. The peony is also called the queen of the flowers of the Celestial Empire since, it is said, the Chinese emperor loved this plant and considered it a symbol of nobility. But the fame of the peony is also intertwined with Greek mythology. In fact, according to the legend, Peone, from which the name peony would derive, healed Pluto, wounded by Hercules, prec...
Litsea essential oil
Antimicrobial action proven by scientific studies, relaxing and anti inflammatory properties, useful in case of acne, inflammations, rheumatism but also able to purify the house and keep away insects, helpful in case of insomnia and anxiety.
Litsea, scientific name Litsea cubeba, is a plant belonging to the Lauraceae family native to Japan, Taiwan and China. From its fruits and leaves a lemony essential oil is produced through distillation. This essential oil is characterized by important healthy properties studied a lot by science. Litsea essential oil shows indeed excellent antimicrobial properties, it is anti inflammatory, anti fungal and it is also able to keep away insects (Su et al, Nat Prod Commun, Apr 2016 – Yang et al, Mole...
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