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Maple, herbal medicine
The maple, scientific name acer campestre, is a tree of the Aceraceae family. From its buds a herbal remedy is obtained, the glycerine macerate of maple, with interesting healthy properties, let's see them! Maple glycerine macerate, properties - The glycerine macerate of maple is antiviral, anti-inflammatory and protects the cardiovascular system, the liver and the biliary tract. In fact, this remedy helps to reduce cholesterol levels, has a protective action on blood vessels by helping to cou...
Vinegar is one of the most popular and widespread dressing, it gives flavor and is low calorie. The most common vinegar is that of wine followed by apple cider vinegar, but on the market there are several varieties of vinegar, produced from cereals or fruit, each with a particular aroma and properties. For example, there is blackcurrant vinegar, obtained through a slow process of acetification in wooden barrels of fermented blackcurrant juice. This vinegar has soothing and draining properties. F...
Rye, scientific name secale cereale, is an ancient cereal grain already cultivated more than 2000 years ago in Asia Minor. Nowadays rye flour, obtained through the grinding of the rye grains, is used to prepare a tasty black bread, rich in mineral salts, such as potassium, phosphorus and calcium and able to bring a high quality fiber, useful to support the digestive processes, the intestinal transit by counteracting constipation and helpful to keep under control the levels of cholesterol and bl...
Lecithin comes from the ancient Greek lekithos that means egg yolk, because this substance was obtained for the first time by the French chemist and pharmacist Maurice Gobley from the egg yolk. Lecithin belongs to the family of phospholipids and is characterized, due to its chemical composition, by the ability to keep together water and fats that normally are not miscible. Lecithin acts as an emulsifier and, for this reason, it is used in the food industry, for example to prepare sauces, creams,...
Combretum micranthum G. Don, or combreto, is a plant originating from African and belonging to the Combretaceae family. The combreto has variable shapes depending on the region in which the plant lives, it may therefore be a shrub or a tree but can also looks like a vine. The plant is rich in polyphenols, in particular flavonoids and catechins, which give it diuretic and cholagogic properties. This means that the remedy is helpful in case of gallstones because it thins the bile. But the combreto...
The seeds of peanut, or Arachis hypogaea, which is a plant of the Fabaceae family, are also called groundnut or goober. They are used to extract peanut oil, a very light oil that is used to prepare mayonnaise, or can be consumed as a delicious snack or in the form of food paste, the famous peanut butter. Peanuts are rich in mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, selenium and manganese, vitamins such as B, E and J, fibers, folate and proteins. Peanuts are ver...
Phyllanthus niruri, also known as gale of the wind, stonebreaker or seed-under-leaf, is a plant native to the Amazon rainforest, but it can also be found in India, China or the Bahamas as well as the southern United States. The Stonebreaker has diuretic properties, a disinfectant action on the urinary tract and, one of the most important characteristics, is able to prevent and combat the formation of kidney stones and gallstones, in fact, the name Stonebreaker is due to the fact that, on one han...
Boldo, scientific name Peumus boldus, is a perennial medicinal plant of the Monimiacee family. Since ancient time boldo has been used by people who live in the Andes for its stimulant properties of the gastrointestinal tract, in fact this plant is able to regulate the production of bile and to thin it, boldo can activate and protect the liver and aids digestion. The boldo has also a laxative, detoxifying and diuretic action and is useful to treat gallstones and urinary tract problems. Do not exc...
Daikon, also called Japanese radish, is a variety of common radish that is very similar to the carrot, but with a white color. Native to East Asian, the daikon is well known and appreciated in Japanese cuisine, where it is used to prepare the miso soup or eaten as a side dish with fish. The daikon is considered a fat-burning food, especially in case of visceral fat which is an important risk for the health of the body. This vegetable is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, pot...
Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate is commonly known as Epsom salts, from the English city where these salts were discovered for the first time, Epsom, in the Great Britain. It is a natural mineral that is used to purify the body, eliminate toxins, relieve constipation but also, for external use, to reduce bruising and swelling. You can find the Epsom salts in chemist’s shops, health food stores or online stores. Let's see how to use them. Bath - To reduce edema and water retention but also to rel...
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