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Probiotics and yogurt
The scientists have given a name to it in order to indicate its importance and complexity, they call it microbiota. Microbiota is constituted by the tens of thousands of billions of bacteria that live in our gut and that are able to influence our health condition. Scientific researchers have indeed observed that the microbiota isn’t just responsible for the digestion but also that it plays a role in supporting the immune system. The gut bacteria indeed teach to the defense cells how to recognize...
How many times you read on the pack of yogurt or other drinks that the product contain bifidobacteria? It happens quite often, but what are bifidobacteria exactly? An introduction is needed, in our gut there are about tens of thousands of billions of bacteria. This large population forms the so called gastrointestinal microbiota, that is considered an organ of human body. When the microbiota is healthy and balanced it can works correctly and can perform all its functions, the best known is the d...
Loquat fruits are the fruits of the tree Eriobotrya japonica, also called Japanese medlar or Japanese plum, that belongs to the Rosaceae family and is native to China. Loquat fruits ripen in spring until the start of summer and have a round shape, with a peel color from yellow to orange and a pulp that can be acidulous if loquat fruits are still not ripe and sweeter when full ripeness is reached. Loquat fruit is rich in water and, thanks to this characteristic, it has diuretic properties very us...
Hydrastis canadensis, or goldenseal, also called orangeroot or yellow puccoon, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Ranuncolaceae family native to the wooded areas of the United States and Canada. The remedy was already known to the Native Americans who used the dried root of goldenseal to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, in particular diarrhea of infectious origin. Tradition is confirmed by science, in fact, the anti-diarrheal and anti-inflammatory effect of goldenseal can be exp...
Common hornbeam, plant
The common hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, characterized by oblong leaves and able to reach 15-20 meters in height. Thanks to its leaves, rich in gallic acid, an antioxidant substance, and to its buds, rich in biostimulants that are substances that regulate the development of embryonic tissue and therefore with all the strength of the plant, the common hornbeam is widely used in herbal medicine. In addition to the glycerin macerate, usefu...
Black-Eyed Susan is an Australian bush flower remedy obtained from Tetratheca ericifolia, a flower characterized by mauve petals and tips of the stamens rich in black pollen, hence the name of the remedy. The Australian bush flower essence Black-Eyed Susan helps impatient and hasty people, those who accumulate too many activities and tend to have a hectic and stressful life, those who think that time is never enough. This Australian bush flower essence provides calm and relaxation, promotes intr...
Kefir is a probiotic drink rich in lactic ferments and with important healthful properties. The classic kefir is obtained from fermentation of a fresh milk such as cow’s, goat’s or sheep’s milk and, thanks to this fermentation process, the result is in general well tolerated also by people who are lactose intolerant, but there are a lot of variants of this drink obtained from the fermentation of the sugars contained in soy or rice milk as well as in a solution of water and sugar by the kefir gra...
Black cumin seed oil
Black cumin, scientific name Nigella sativa, is an Asian plant belonging to the Ranuncolaceae family. From black cumin seeds through cold pressing an oil with interesting anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming and regenerating properties is obtained. Known since ancient times, in fact a small bottle of black cumin seed oil was found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamon, this oil can be used for cooking as well as a cosmetic remedy. Black cumin seed oil helps treat cough, bronchitis, allergic rhiniti...
Bilberry (leaves and roots)
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...
The bilberry, scientific name Vaccinium myrtillus, is a plant of the Ericaceae family. The bilberry was already known to Dioscorides, a greek physician of the first century AD, who used it as a remedy for dysentery. The bilberry fruits are rich in flavonoids, help to strengthen capillaries and to improve circulation resulting helpful to prevent and treat problems such as capillary fragility, chilblains, varicose veins and blood circulation problems also in people who are suffering from diabetes....
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...
Pitanga, scientific name Eugenia uniflora, also called Cayenne cherry, is one of the Myrtaceae plant family. Native to the east coast of South America, its fruits are edible berries with colors ranging, depending on the degree of ripeness, from dark red to black, sweeter, but also green or orange, with a sour taste. The fruit is rich in antioxidants, important against free radicals and to counteract the processes of aging, vitamins, especially vitamin A and C, and minerals such as calcium, phosp...
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, is a plant characterized by white flowers and blue, berry-shaped fruits. The plant has purifying, diuretic and laxative properties while the fruits are astringent. Brew of leaves with purifying properties – On order to benefit from the purifying properties of blackthorn leaves you can prepare a brew in this way: bring to boil a liter of water, remove from heat and put to infuse a handful of fresh or dried leaves for about ten minutes. Filter and drink up to two cups...
Psyllium is a herbaceous plant of the Plantaginaceae family. The most interesting part, from the point of view of the properties, is represented by its seeds, small black seeds that can be used in case of constipation, but also to reduce the inflammation of the mucosa and to restore the peristalsis in case of colitis and irritable bowel. The psyllium seeds are rich in fibers and soothing mucilages, which, in contact with water, swell and form a gel very useful against constipation by stimulating...
The shepherd's purse, scientific name Capsella bursa-pastoris, is a medicinal plant of the family Brassicaceae. The name is due to the shape of the flowers, very similar to the bag used by shepherds. The plant can be used to treat bleeding, even nasal and uterine, prolonged or heavy menstrual periods, inflammations of the gums with bleeding, bleeding due to hemorrhoids. Moreover, the plant has also astringent properties, which are useful in case of varicose veins and diarrhea. The remedy can be...
Hogweed, also called cow parsnip, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. The plant grows wild in the meadows and woods and its scientific name is Heracleum spondylium, that refers to Heracles, the hero of Greek mythology known for his strong and powerful physique: the stem of the plant can reach indeed a very large size up to 2 meters. Well known by the peoples of the north, the hogweed can be used in case of ulcers, wounds, pimples, abscesses and insec...
The hawthorn belongs to the family of Rosaceae, it has white flowers in spring and red fruits in autumn. This plant has firstly antiarrhythmic and cardiotonic properties, for this reason it is indicated to treat circulatory problems such as changes in heart rate and high blood pressure. But the hawthorn properties do not end here, in fact, bark, flowers and fruits of this plant can be used to prepare teas and infusions with important healthful properties to counteract problems such as diarrhea ...
Satureja, also called savory, belongs to the Labiatae family. The name comes from satyr because of the aphrodisiac properties of the plant well known also by ancient Greeks, who dedicated satureja to Dionysos, the Greek god of grape harvest, wine and ritual madness. Savory has tonic, energizing, antifermentative, digestive, expectorant, against diarrhea, diuretic and aphrodisiac properties, the last reported also by the well known French herbalist Messèguè. Use this remedy in case of asthenia, ...
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, ...
Chestnut is a tree belonging to the Fagaceae family, which also includes oak and beech. Flowers, wood and bark can be used as natural remedies in case of diarrhea, bleeding and wounds for a quick healing. These parts are rich in tannins with astringent properties, hence the healing effects described above. Finally, the chestnut leaves can be used, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, in case of problems of the respiratory tract, cough. Infusion of leaves - Boil one liter of water, remov...
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. ...
Periwinkle is a plant with blue flowers, but the natural remedy are the leaves where all the curative properties of the plant are concentrated. The leaves of the periwinkle are in fact helpful in case of anemia, tiredness or convalescence because they are tonic and able to regenerate the blood. The leaves of periwinkle have also significant anti-inflammatory properties, useful in case of sore throat or tonsillitis, they have antidiarrheal and cicatrizing effects and for this reason they are used...
The walnut tree has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, disinfecting, cleansing and digestive properties, it results able to purify and regenerate the intestine. Internal use, glycerine macerate – You can use the walnut glycerine macerate to treat disorders such as meteorism, flatulence, diarrhea and intestinal mucosa inflammation but also to help in case of skin problems, such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, oily skin thanks to the depurative action that acts from the inside of the body. Take 30 d...
Rowan berries, the fruits of sorbus, also known as rowan, are rich in vitamin C and have astringent, diuretic, inflammatory and soothing properties. They find application either against diarrhea or in case of acne. Decoction - To treat diarrhea try to boil 5 gr of dried fruits in a cup of water for a few minutes, filter and drink. Mask - You can use the pulp of the fruit to create masks to apply on facial skin in case of irritations, enlarged pores, dull skin but also in case of wrinkles and...
Ash is a plant with diuretic, laxative, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory and ant rheumatic properties. You can use the leaves, with a diuretic and laxative effect, in case of rheumatism or gout, water retention, cellulite, and the bark, with toning and astringent action useful in cases of diarrhea and bleeding. Ash also has febrifugal properties. Herbal tea of leaves – For the diuretic action prepare a brew by taking a handful of dried leaves and by adding them in one liter of boiling water, l...
Potentilla is a plant very rich in tannins with astringents, healing, cicatrizing and antibacterial properties. Potentilla is a remedy in case of diarrhea, inflammations of the oral cavity, mouth cold sores, but also in case of gingivitis, stomatitis, abscesses. Here's how to take it: Decoction - Prepare a decoction by taking 15 gr of dried root for half a liter of cold water and bring to boil. Leave to rest for 3-4 hours, filter and drink during the day in case of diarrhea. Wounds, abscesse...
The carrot is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin B, C, PP, D and E, mineral salts, such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc, and beta-carotene, important for the eye health, to protect the skin from sun damages and with a powerful antioxidant action against free radicals. Raw and cooked vegetable - It is preferable to eat this vegetable raw in order to preserve the vitamins, that would otherwise be lost with the cooking, and, if possible, just brush the carrots and wash w...
Sorrel, or common sorrel, is an herb with anti-inflammatory, febrifugal, laxative and digestive properties. This plant can stimulate the appetite, it is able to purify the body, has diuretic but also tonic and vermifuge effects. Therefore it can be used to treat all the digestive problems, the disorders of the stomach and intestines, diarrhea and colic, hemorrhoids and ulcers in the mouth, the lack of appetite and fever. It can be also a remedy, for external use, in case of acne and other skin i...
Apple, if eaten with the peel, is able to lower the cholesterol levels and to regulate the blood sugar. This fruit is also rich in antioxidants. If eaten raw it is astringent but if eaten cooked has laxative action against constipation. It contains the vitamin B1, that counteracts the loss of appetite and tiredness, and the vitamin B2, that aids digestion and strengthens hair and nails. The apple also contains fluoride, that strengthens teeth and protects them from tooth decay....
Strawberry tree is a plant with healthy properties, localized especially in the leaves, but also the fruits have healthy effects but to a lesser extent. Strawberry tree has antiseptic properties, important for the urinary tract, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is a valid help for circulation. You can take it as decoction, mother tincture or honey. Decoction – In case of varicose veins or phlebitis try the decoction with the leaves of strawberry tree. Add 1 teaspoon of leaves of...
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