Depression, natural remedies

Depression, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 5, tomatoes and zucchini
How to grow tomatoes and zucchini, two seedlings that cannot miss in your garden.
Watering the plants, seeing them grow full of life and then harvesting the fruits! Taking care of a vegetable garden is fascinating and beneficial, it relieves stress, anxiety and also allows you to have fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs available every day. Today we talk about how to grow tomatoes and zucchini. Tomatoes - The tomatoes are plants that really cannot miss in a vegetable garden. Elongated tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, ribbed tomatoes, there are many varieties of tomatoes and all ...
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Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 4, chives, parsley and raspberry
Taking care of a garden counteracts stress and allows you to have a continuous production of plants and fruits with a high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power, today we are talking about the chives, parsley and raspberry.
Taking care of a vegetable garden, whether in the garden or on the balcony, brings joy. Seeing the seedlings grow and enjoying their beauty and their fruits is therapeutic, it frees the mind from anxieties and worries and brings out talents and resources that we never imagined we would have. Not only that, garden plants are also valuable sources of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances that we can have available even without leaving home! So let's see growing tips, properties and uses of ...
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Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 3, common marigold, lavender and strawberry
Today we talk about how to grow and use three very special garden plants, common marigold, lavender and strawberry!.
Taking care of the garden counteracts stress and induces relaxation, science says it, too (Hassan et al, Geriatr Gerontol Int, 2018)! For this reason, especially in particularly difficult periods such as the one we are experiencing, surrounding yourself with plants to grow can be truly therapeutic as well as a healthy choice, because as we will see, garden seedlings can be real powerful remedies at hand in addition to guaranteeing herbs and fruits to bring to the table. Common marigold - With ...
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Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 2, thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets
Properties, uses and care of thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets.
Taking care of the garden is good, for health and mood, it helps remove anxiety, keeps the mind occupied making it free and creative, able to follow its potential and talents. That's why we decided to start this section dedicated to properties, uses and ways of growing herbs, flowers and plants that are available in supermarkets or nurseries in this period. Last time we talked about rosemary, primroses and basil, today it's the turn of thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets! Thyme - Thyme is antio...
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Yoga nidra, yoga relaxation for self-healing
Yoga nidra is a yoga relaxation technique that induces intense and deep calm, makes the mind active, the thoughts clear, improves mood and contrasts agitation and depression.
Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep, in it lies the secret of self-healing. With these simple words, the great yoga master Swami Satyananda Saraswati described this particular technique of yoga meditation, yoga nidra, literally the yoga of sleep, which he himself had created inspired by ancient practices of the Indian tradition. Yoga nidra is more than a relaxation exercise. Through guided meditation it brings the person into that state of calm that precedes sleep. In fact, Swami Satyananda Sa...
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Vegetable garden, health and relaxation Part 1, basil, daisies and rosemary
Let's start this section dedicated to the vegetable garden by seeing properties, uses and advice on cultivation of basil, rosemary and daisies.
Taking care of the garden or vegetable garden, even on the balcony, is good for your health. Not only because in this way you have your own production of fruit, vegetables, aromatic plants or even flowers as a beautiful ornament for the house, absolutely under control, possibly organic and zero kilometer, but also because, it has been shown by scientific studies, it improves mood and fights anxiety (Soga et al, Prev Med rep, 2017). A Japanese study reported that observing plants even acts on the...
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Tryptophan
Properties and dietary sources of tryptophan, the essential amino acid that helps in case of insomnia, sadness and anxiety.
Tryptophan is an amino acid discovered by two British biochemists, Hopkins and Cole, in the early 1900s and is one of the eight amino acids defined essential, that is that they are not produced by the body but have to be introduced with diet (Richard et al, Int J Tryptophan Res, 2009). Tryptophan, what is it? - Tryptophan is used by the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin, in turn, is a neurotransmitter involved in various processes such as sleep induction, pain threshold control, thermoregu...
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Fish oil pearls
Able to protect the heart, helpful in case of diabetes, depression, degenerative diseases, beneficial action on the skin, anti-inflammatory properties.
Fish oil is the oil that is obtained from fish such as tuna, cod, salmon, anchovies, herring and mackerel. It is sold in the form of pearls and, today, is one of the most popular supplements used for its beneficial properties. Let's see better in detail! Fish oil, properties - Fish oil contains long chain Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids of the EPA type, or eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid. Scientific studies have shown that the intake of fish oil has a protective eff...
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Longevity diet Part 3, the Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean Diet is recognized by science as a combination of lifestyles and food choices that may play a role in maintaining the general health of the body by counteracting the risk of developing illnesses and by helping live longer and healthier.
Living long and living well, what is the secret of this winning combination? According to the most recent scientific researches, it seems that diet, intended as the set of food choices, plays a pivotal role in determining also our health. In previous posts we discussed about the longevity diet in Okinawa, the Japanese island where the people live long and healthy. Today we’ll see another cornerstone of healthy diet studied a lot by science, the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean diet, what is a...
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Rosa centifolia, the flower with soothing, analgesic and antioxidant properties
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, useful in case of joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis but also wounds and sores, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties suitable for all skin types, both skin with wrinkles and acne prone skin, it has a relaxing scent.
The rosa centifolia, also called Provence rose or May rose, is a type of hybrid rose of the Rosaceae family whose origin dates back to the seventeenth century. Its flower is characterized by a beautiful deep pink color with overlapping and fragrant petals. It has a very intense aroma, sweet and with notes of honey, that makes this rose an ingredient highly appreciated in perfumery. Rosa Centifolia oil, properties - The rosa centifolia also plays a leading role in cosmetics and as a natural rem...
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Hericium erinaceus
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, prebiotic, immunomodulatory and neuroprotective action, able to improve the cognitive functionalities both in healthy people and in case of degenerative illnesses, antidepressant action and able to counteract anxiety, protects the stomach and bowel mucosa, useful in case of ulcers or chronic inflammations of the digestive tract.
Hericium erinaceus, known also as lion’s mane mushroom or monkey head mushroom, is an edible mushroom native to North America, Europe and Asia. This particular mushroom isn’t just fascinating for its look, characterized by long and white spines, but also thanks to its healthy properties demonstrated by scientific studies. Properties – This mushroom is indeed antioxidant, it is able to stimulate the immune system but shows also a neuroprotective effect connected to the enhance of a protein, NGF...
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Cocoa
Mineral salts such as magnesium and iron, powerful antioxidant food with a demonstrated protective action on brain and heart, able to lower blood pressure, counteracts chronic inflammations, improves the mood and has a beneficial action in case of allergies, acts against fat accumulation and to reduce the waistline.
The plant of cocoa, Theobroma cacao, belongs to the family of Sterculiaceae and is native to south America. When the seeds are extracted from the fruits of the tree they are subjected to a multi step process involving fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding in order to obtain, as a final product, the cocoa powder that we can purchase in the shops. A fine, brown and scented powder that is commonly used for cooking, sweets, drinks but also as an ingredient of beauty cosmetics. Let’s see the pr...
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Food combinations Part 5, the best ways to eat artichokes
Raw artichokes, cooked in oil or boiled, prepared with ginger or garlic, every preparation has its properties in order to help the liver, to counteract poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety or anemia.
The artichoke is the flower bud of the plant Cynara scolymus. The artichoke is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, cynarine, an alkaloid able to protect the liver and to lower the cholesterol, inulin, a prebiotic that protects and stimulates the bacterial flora of the gut, antioxidants such as tannins (Rondanelli et al, Monladi Arch Chest Dis, Mar 2013 – Lopez-Molina et al, Phytochemistry, Jun 2005). However, the properties of the artichoke depend on the ways of cooking and on the foods served t...
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Anti-inflammatory lifestyle Part 5, friendship and love for a healthy brain
For a healthy mind and to counteract inflammations also close relationships and friendships and the feeling of being part of a society have a pivotal role.
Aristotle was the first to say it in his work Politics, man is, by nature, a social animal and tends to aggregate with other human beings. But this behavior isn’t just natural, it is also the basis for a healthy mind and an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Eliana Liotta, Age isn’t the same for everyone, but also articles such as Keicolt-Glaser et al, Neurosci Biobehav rev, 2010). As we have seen in the previous post, an enemy of our physical and mental health is chronic inflammation, that doesn’t gi...
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Anti inflammatory lifestyle Part 1, the physical activity
A lifestyle that includes a moderate physical activity is helpful to soothe and remove stress, depression and inflammations, according to scientific studies.
As we have seen in the previous posts, diet plays a pivotal role in counteracting chronic inflammations, the enemy number one if we want to grow old in good health, both physical and mental. According to scientific studies indeed, chronic inflammation, not the acute and beneficial one able to fight the threats like virus and bacteria, but the inflammation that works continuously and in silence is considered the cause of premature aging and several illnesses such as Alzheimer and depression, but ...
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Sun
The sun stimulates the synthesis of vitamin D, the release of beta endorphins, the hormones of well-being, and that of nitric oxide, able to lower blood pressure.
In ancient Egypt the sun, represented by the god Ra, struggled every night against the snake god Apofi, the incarnation of chaos and darkness that wanted to prevent him from rising. Every night the priests prayed that Ra would win the fight and the sun would return to shine the next day and guarantee life, wellbeing and prosperity. Beyond the myth the central point is that the sun is essential to life, the sun in fact activates the chlorophyll photosynthesis of plants, which in this way take nou...
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Muira puama
Tonic and invigorating action, suitable for fatigue, exhaustion, depression, aphrodisiac properties proven by scientific studies, useful to treat digestive problems.
Muira puama is one of the names given to the Ptychopetalum Ovata, a medicinal plant that belongs to the Olacacee family and is native to Brazil. Muira puama, that translated means wood of power, refers to the tonic, rejuvenating and aphrodisiac properties of the remedy. Muira puama is therefore used in case of general fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, depression but also loss of libido. This last effect in particular has also been confirmed by several scientific studies, such as the research publi...
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Damiana
Tonic and stimulating properties, suitable for periods of stress, depression, anxiety and debilitation in which the body asks for more energy, aphrodisiac power, able to boost libido and, traditionally, also useful in case of problems related to the sexual sphere just if caused by psychological factors, expectorant action, useful in case of cough and bronchitis, bland antiseptic action for the urinary tract.
Damiana, Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca, is a medicinal plant of the Turneracee family. The plant is a remedy with tonic and stimulating properties and with an aphrodisiac action. Damiana, for these characteristics, is indicated in case of fatigue, general debilitation, stress, anxiety and depression, in situations that require more energy, in case of insomnia but also, as the name suggests, aphrodisiaca from Aphrodite, the goddess of love, in case of low libido in both man and woman and othe...
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Cuttlefish
Vitamins and mineral salts, proteins and low calories, for what concerns cuttlefish ink it has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer properties, it is a protection for the intestinal mucosa and the organs that produce blood, helps to control blood pressure, as a homeopathic remedy it is indicated for nervous system disorders, urinary tract problems, irregular periods.
The cuttlefish, sepia officinalis, is a cephalopod mollusk that lives in the sea on sandy seabeds. Very appreciated in cooking, cuttlefish brings a few calories and contains proteins, vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B12, C and D, mineral salts such as selenium, zinc, copper, iron and phosphorus. Cuttlefish contains cholesterol and purine, so it is a food that should be limited in those who suffer from hypercholesterolemia and gout. The cuttlefish produces, to defend itself, the characteristic ink, w...
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Copper
Useful in case of asthenia, depression, recurrent infections that heal slowly, with zinc it results useful to restore balance in case of hormonal changes and disorders connected to them such as acne localized on the chin, hair loss.
Copper is an essential trace element, it facilitates the transport and the use of iron from the intestine and is therefore useful in case of anemia, asthenia and convalescence. The copper has also an antiseptic effect, it fortifies the immune system, it is used in case of fever or inflammatory and infectious processes of the joints and of the respiratory tract, especially if recurrent, it is important for the production of melanin, the natural pigment that gives color in hair and eyes. Natural s...
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Hypericum perforatum
Antidepressant and sedative action, remedy in case of anxiety, nervous breakdown, insomnia, cicatrizing and antibacterial properties, able to regenerate skin cell, helpful in case of psoriasis, wrinkles, wounds, sores, acne scars, remedy in case of neuralgia.
Hypericum perforatum, known also as St. John's wort, is an herb that can be found wild in the fields and woods. It has a powerful sedative and antidepressant action, according to scientific studies such as that published in 1996 on the prestigious magazine British Medical Journal with the result that the St. John's wort has an higher effect in case of an average type depression with respect to placebo. St. John's wort is also a good remedy for insomnia, anxiety, nervous breakdown or mood swings ...
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Elemi essential oil
Against skin spots and scars, wrinkle treatment, expectorant action, useful in case of bronchitis, cough, catarrh, helpful in case of winter depression and insomnia.
Skin – Elemi essential oil has skin- regenerating properties. For this reason it can be used to treat scars, spots or wrinkles, try to add 2-3 drops of elemi essential oil to the daily cream and apply it on the skin. Steam inhalation – Elemi essential oil has expectorant properties and results very helpful in case of cough, catarrh and bronchitis. Prepare steam inhalation by adding 2-3 drops of elemi essential oil to a bowl of hot water. In the room – Elemi essential oil helps harmonize min...
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Hyssop
Poor digestion, expectorant, useful in case of cough or bronchitis, acne, skin irritations, helpful in case of stress, depression, anxiety, weakness.
Hyssop is a plant very helpful in case of cough or bronchitis because it is a cough reliever and expectorant. It has also anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in case of skin irritations and acne. Useful also in case of poor digestion. As herbal tea– infuse one tablespoon of hyssop flowers in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and drink in case of cough and poor digestion. You can also apply a gauze soaked in hyssop herbal tea on your skin in case of acne or other skin irr...
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