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Rosemary oil, the fluid of immortality
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, useful as anti-aging, against wrinkles but also in the case of acne-prone skin, soothes itching and dermatitis, even of the scalp, protects the beauty of the hair by counteracting its fall and stimulating microcirculation, antispasmodic and calming action, helps in case of cramps, abdominal pain and stomach pain, heavy periods, soothing for the mood, the aroma improves concentration.
Legend has it that Apollo fell madly in love with Leucotoe, daughter of the king of Babylon. However, the girl was kept segregated in the palace and by order of her father she could never be left alone. Thus it was that Apollo took the form of Leucotoe's mother in order to make her handmaids go away and be able to remain alone with the girl. But Clizia, a nymph in love with Apollo, insanely jealous, decided to report everything to the king of Babylon who condemned his own daughter to be buried a...
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...
Reflux, stomach pain and digestive problems with spring
Spring can cause or worsen digestive problems such as heartburn, aerophagia, cramps and stomach pain, here are some tips to put into practice right now to alleviate these ailments. Let's look at the plants and yoga poses that can help counter these common digestive problems.
Spring has arrived bringing with it light, perfumes, flowers, warm air ... but also allergies and stomach pain. If we can all agree with regard to allergies, indeed everybody knows someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, we can be more perplexed about stomach pain. Yet this is the case, in predisposed people the change of season, and in particular the transition between winter and spring, may worse or even cause heartburn, stomach cramps and digestive problems. And behind this condition the...
Mint tea, a drink that tastes of exotic lands
Carminative, helps digestive processes, counteracts swelling and abdominal pain, calms spasms, antimicrobial and analgesic action, useful for oral health and against bad breath, diuretic, improves attention and concentration, counteracts nausea and headache caused by stress, relieves the symptoms of allergies.
Today we are talking about mint tea, a tea that, with its fresh and fascinating scent, speaks of distant and exotic lands. But peppermint tea is also a healthy drink, let’s speak about its properties on the basis of scientific research. Peppermint tea, properties - Mint leaves, scientific name Mentha piperita, are rich in essential oils and antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and antiviral substances such as rosmarinic acid, luteolin and hesperidin. By infusing these leaves in boiling water...
Magnesium ensures proper heart function, regulates blood pressure, mood, helps counteract premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation, muscle cramps, but also depression and insomnia, especially in older people. We also look at the main dietary sources of magnesium and the role of supplements.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is involved in more than 300 different reactions that take place in our body. Magnesium is involved above all in the processes involving energy metabolism, DNA replication and repair and the synthesis of neurotransmitters. With age, magnesium levels tend to drop since bone mass, which is one of the most important reserves of magnesium, is also reduced. In addition, as regards the other age groups of the population, chronic infla...
Naturally beautiful, the lilac oil
Useful in case of muscle pain, swollen legs and feet, rheumatism, cramps and slow digestion, softens the skin and helps in case of eczema.
Between April and May lilac, scientific name syringa vulgaris, blooms. Lilac is a lovely plant, characterized by violet or pink flowers with an intense and fascinating scent, it decorates gates, balconies or walls. But lilac flowers can also become the main ingredient of a very interesting herbal and cosmetic remedy, lilac infused oil. This remedy is given by a plant based oil, generally olive or sunflower oil, in which plants are macerated to extract their properties. But now let's see in more ...
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...
Supports the heart and muscles, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, its deficiency causes fatigue, cramps, arrhythmias and constipation.
Potassium, symbol K, is a mineral element present in our body where it plays a very important role. Potassium, functions - Potassium is present in intracellular fluids, helping to maintain cell function and determining the amount of water within the cell itself. But potassium also affects the activity of the muscles and, therefore, also that of the heart by carrying out a protective action on the cardiovascular system and reducing the risk of heart attack and heart disease. Moreover, a high in...
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...
Lemon balm, mother tincture
Sedative and relaxing action, useful before important exams, tests at work or during periods of intense anxiety and stress, helpful in case of heavy periods, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, insomnia.
Lemon balm, also known as balm, common balm or balm mint, scientific name Melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the leaves of lemon balm a mother tincture is obtained characterized by a sedative, anxiolytic and antispasmodic action (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014), therefore useful in case of anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and before exams at school or university or important tests at work. This remedy may be able, indeed, to mitigate the performance anxiety that thes...
Yarrow essential oil
Powerful essential oil to treat skin problems such as irritations, pimples, eczema, psoriasis or wrinkles, useful against cramps and stress.
Yarrow or common yarrow, scientific name Achillea millefolium, is a medicinal plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae. Its name comes from Achilles that, according to the myth, used this plant on advice of the centaur Chiron to heal the war wounds. From this plant an essential oil is obtained with important and well appreciated anti inflammatory and soothing properties, useful to treat different problems of the skin, and characterized also by an antispasmodic effect, able to give relief in c...
Blue Chamomile essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and calming action, able to bring serenity, useful to treat skin problems such as acne, wounds and irritations, can help in case of nocturnal enuresis in children, abdominal cramps, muscle and rheumatic pain, headache.
Chamomile, also known as German chamomile, scientific name Matricaria chamomilla, belongs to the Asteraceae family that includes also arnica and marigold. From the small flowers of chamomile, through steam distillation, one of the most powerful essential oils is obtained, the so called blue chamomile essential oil. This essential oil is characterized by anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the presence of a particular active substance, the chamazulene (Safayhi et al, Plant Med 1994), it has a...
Vitamins and mineral salts, carminative and digestive properties, useful against inflammation of the intestine and flatulence, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and even anticancer action.
The caraway, also called cumin, scientific name carum carvi, is a plant of the Apiaceae family whose seeds are widely used, especially for cooking in northern Europe, to flavor different dishes thanks to the taste that reminds that of anise and fennel. These seeds are also characterized by interesting healthy properties, in fact they contain proteins and fibers and are also a source of mineral salts, such as phosphorus, copper, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron, and vitamins, such as A, B, ...
Stimulating effect on cats, mosquito repellent, sedative and antispasmodic action on humans, useful in case of digestive problems, acidity, abdominal cramps but also muscle or back pain, insomnia.
Catnip, also known as catmint or catswort, scientific name Nepeta cataria, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Catswort has benefits on cats, for these pets in fact it acts as a neuro-active agent, but has also benefits for humans. First at all, it acts as an anti-mosquito repellent. According to a study perfomed by the University of Iowa and presented a few years ago at the meeting of the American Chermical Society, nepetalactone, the essential oil of catswort also responsib...
External use for gout, rheumatism, sciatica, backache and cramps, for internal use vermifuge action, to be used under medical supervision.
The male fern, Polystichum filix-mas, belongs to the Aspidiaceae family and grows wild in the woods, especially of beech, oak and chestnut. It is characterized by large leaves with a big vein structure and has healthful properties, for which it was already known by ancient Greeks. In fact, Galen but also Dioscorides, Greek physicians, used it to counteract intestinal parasites. Nowadays its vermifuge effect is recognized if used internally, while, in case of external applications, the fern is ca...
Styrax essential oil
Healing and soothing, against itching, antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties, useful to treat problems of skin such as scabies, wounds, cracked skin but also gum inflammations, abdominal cramps and bronchitis, relaxing and anti-depressive action, against anger.
Styrax, scientific name Liquidambar orientalis, also known as Sweet Gum, is a tree native to Turkey with important uses in cosmetic and as a herbal remedy. Its resin has indeed antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, against itching, expectorant, antispasmodic and relaxing properties. Through steam distillation an essential oil is produced, this oil has still all the properties of the resin but it is better to avoid it in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Let’s see the main application...
Marjoram essential oil
Calming, antispasmodic, balsamic, expectorant and painkilling action, useful in case of cough, cold and sinusitis, able to soothe headache, neuralgias, back pain, arthritis, muscle pain and muscle stiffness, calming action in case of nervous ticks and insomnia.
Marjoram, origanum majorana, belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is well appreciated in cooking as a spice to make the dishes tastier. From the leaves of marjoram, through steam distillation, an essential oil with calming, relaxing, antispasmodic, painkilling and expectorant properties is obtained. The essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in small children. Let’s see the main applications. Headache, neuralgias, pain, stomach cramps – Marjoram essential oil can b...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, able to counteract the formation of intestinal gases, stimulated the production of gastric juices, painkilling effect, soothes abdominal pain, spasms, arthritis and rheumatism, calming action.
Mace is a spice native to the Moluccas obtained from the internal part of the fruit of a tree, Myristica fragrans. From the same tree is obtained also nutmeg that comes, on the contrary, from the seed and has a more intense and less sweet taste than mace. Mace has vitamins, such as A, C and group B, and mineral salts, such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, selenium and phosphorus, it contains also antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, very useful to counteract free radicals. In a...
Coriander essential oil
Antibacterial action demonstrated by scientific studies, useful after a long illnesses, able to regenerate and tone the body, improves blood circulation, helpful in case of problems of stomach, abdominal cramps, poor digestion, fermentations, but acts also in case of rheumatism, muscle pain and joint pain.
Coriander, Coriandrum sativum, also known as Chinese parsley, is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. From the fruits of the plant, through steam distillation, an essential oil with interesting healthy properties is obtained, however, this essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in small children. Useful to bring relief in case of problems of stomach and intestine, it is antibacterial according to scientific studies (Silva et al, Journal of Medical Microbiology,...
Digestive, antispasmodic, carminative and soothing properties, useful in case of too abundant meal to give relief in case of stomachache, bellyache, menstrual cramps, gastritis but also lack of appetite caused by excessive nervousness.
The Masterwort, Peucedanum ostruthium or Imperatoria ostruthium, is a spontaneous plant of the Apiaceae family, the same as parsley and angelica, with which it has several similarities. Very well-known and appreciated in recent centuries, imperatoria has anti-spasmodic, soothing, carminative, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. The remedy is therefore applied to give relief in case of intestinal and gastric disorders, abdominal cramps and meteorism, gastritis but also menstrual cramps, l...
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 ...
Calming and relaxing action, promotes the sleep, improves sleep quality, useful to keep under control anxiety, agitation, palpitations and irritability, antispasmodic effect useful for treating menstrual cramps, colitis, irritable bowel but also joint pain.
Valerian, scientific name Valeriana officinalis, also known as garden valerian or setwall, is a plant belonging to the Valerianaceae family with relaxing and sedative properties that are useful against anxiety, agitation, insomnia or tachycardia, headache or menstrual cramps and even irritated bowel and colitis. Valerian actually has many varieties, almost 250, but Valeriana officinalis is the one used in phytotherapy since ancient Roman and Greek times. It is indeed particularly rich in calming...
Basil essential oil
Antiseptic, calming, decongestant and expectorant properties, useful to protect intestinal flora, able to treat diseases of the respiratory tract, calms the stomach cramps, ideal for rheumatism and muscular cramps, able to help in case of acne and to fortify hair, calms the mind and makes it active, promotes mental clarity.
From steam distillation of the leaves of basil, scientific name Ocimum basilico, plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, an essential oil is obtained. This essential oil has decongestant, antiseptic and calming properties, in addition to this it is also able to balance the intestinal flora. You can use this essential oil in case of poor digestion but also cold, bronchitis, otitis, sinusitis, headache and migraine, rheumatism. You can apply it also on insect bites or in order to fortify the hair...
Bilberry (leaves and roots)
Hypoglycemic action capable to lower blood sugar levels, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties, against stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, cough, mouth infections, but also eyelid and skin inflammations, burns, cystitis.
The benefits of the bilberry, scientific name Vaccinium myrtillus, are not limited to the fruits, but also leaves and roots are helpful. The leaves have hypoglycemic, diuretic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, disinfect the urinary tract, are particularly useful against cough, vomiting but also stomach ache and diarrhea. For external use, bilberry leaves are used to prepare decoctions with a healing and soothing effect to be used in case of mouth and eye infections, aphthae (canker sores...
Sage essential oil
Helpful in case of hormonal imbalances, irregular and heavy periods, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes in menopause, cellulite, water retention, alopecia related to hormonal problems, remedy in case of asthma, bronchitis, excessive sweating of the feet, inflammations of the gums, canker sores or aphthae, nervous breakdown and anxiety.
Salvia officinalis, sage, is a plant of the Labiate family. Rich in natural estrogens, that result very helpful in order to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve the effects of menopause, sage is used to obtain an essential oil able to treat all the imbalances of the female genital tract, namely irregular or heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome but also hot flashes and irritability in menopause. From the emotional point of view sage essential oil is suitable to be used in case of nervous brea...
Melissa essential oil (Lemon balm)
Antispasmodic action, able to balance the mood and the hormonal system, useful in case of digestive problems, heavy periods or problems related to menopause, antiviral action, able to treat cold sores, headache but also insomnia, anxiety, depression or nervous breakdown.
The essential oil of melissa, common name Lemon Balm, has a powerful antiviral action together with important soothing and calming properties, for this reason it is useful in order to treat cold sores, cough, bronchitis, skin diseases or problems such as eczema or stretch marks. In addition to this, thanks to the digestive and sedative properties, this essential oil results very helpful in case of stomach spasms, indigestion, but also in case of nausea and headache or palpitations. Able to reba...
Vaginal discharge, painful and heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome, helps to heal wounds and sores, brings relief in case of conjunctivitis, genital infections.
The Alchemilla, or lady's mantle, is a plant belonging to the Rosaceae family and has always attracted attention due to its characteristic beads that form around the edges of the leaves because of the natural transpiration of the plant itself. The medieval alchemists used them as an ingredient to try to find the philosopher's stone, hence the name given to the plant: alchemilla. Today you can use the alchemilla to stop bleeding, to treat bowel disorders, water retention, heavy legs, obesity and ...
Expectorant properties for coughs and bronchitis, regulates the menstrual cycle in the presence of painful and heavy periods, diuretic in case of urination difficulty and cystitis, able to soothe and help the healing process of wounds, sores and varicose veins, tonic for the body, a remedy in case of diarrhea.
Lamium, or dead-nettle, belongs to the Lamiaceae family, like other plants characterized by important healing properties such as lavender, rosemary, sage and lemon balm. Dead nettle, in particular, has astringent, hemostatic, expectorant, diuretic, purifying and tonic properties. It results very helpful to treat diarrhea, to stop bleeding and to heal wounds, but also for cough and bronchitis, it helps to remove impurities and toxins, it strengthens the body and can be applied on varicose veins, ...
Lemon verbena essential oil
Digestive action, remedy in case of stomach pain and abdominal cramps, indigestion, remedy in case of anxiety, stress, mental fatigue, poor concentration but also tachycardia.
Lemon verbena (lippia citriodora) essential oil has calming and anti-inflammatory properties, it is also able to protect the functions of the digestive system. The use of this essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation and for children. Because of the photosensitizing effect avoid applying the lemon verbena essential oil before sun exposure and sun lamps. Indigestion, stomach cramps – In case of problems related to the digestive system you can massage the part with lemon ...
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