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The prunum mume, also called the Japanese plum, is a fruit tree halfway between the plum tree and the apricot tree. The plant is native to China and produces fruits that, in shape and appearance, remind of an apricot. The fruits are dried and pickled for several months together with shiso leaves, or Laminaria Purpurea, which gives to the fruits their typical reddish color. After this process the fruits take the name of umeboshi plums. The umeboshi plums are the most common form with which people...
Raisin has Greek or Turkish origins and is the result of the drying process in the sun or in special dryers of a variety of grapes, small and sweet. Raisins are an ideal snack because the drying process has made the nutrients more concentrated, it is a source of vitamins, particularly those of group B, which are important for the functioning of the nervous system and to fight tiredness and loss of memory, and mineral salts, such as potassium, calcium, copper and iron. It is energizing because it...
Flax seeds, other uses
Our grandmothers knew about natural remedies. Here an ancient remedy, handed down through generations, used to fight persistent cough that continues also during night, sinusitis and bronchitis, ideal for this period of the year. We are talking about the flax seed compress, simple but effective at the same time. The first thing is to grind the flax seeds, which must be dry and therefore do not pre-soak them. Alternatively, you can buy flax flour, you can find it in specialized stores. Now moisten...
Cassava, also known as yuca, manioc or Brazilian arrowroot, scientific name Manihot esculenta, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family and is native to Central and South America. The Cassava root has a rough and brown peel and inside an edible white pulp, it can be cooked like a potato, boiled, steamed and served in the form of mashed potatoes. The important thing is that it has to be cooked, it is in fact not advised the consumption of raw cassava, with the exception of certain varieties, due to th...
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...
Chestnut honey is obtained from the flowers of chestnut tree, it’s got a deep amber color and a slightly bitter taste. This type of honey is characterized by anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, for this reason it can be used in case of colds, flu, sore throat, cough but it can also improve the intestinal functionality and acts with an anti-microbial effect. Indeed, a study carried out in 2013 by a group of Spanish researchers and published on the scientific journal Food and Function...
Manuka honey is a honey produced from the nectar of the flowers of manuka, scientific name Leptospermum scoparum, a tree growing in New Zealand. This type of honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, according to the article published in 2008 on the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food research by a team of researchers of the University of Dresden. The researchers have found that the responsible for the antibacterial activity of this type of honey is the substance called Methylgl...
Hop or common hop, humulus lupulus, is a medicinal plant of the Cannabaceae family. Hops, indicated by Saint Hildegard as a remedy against melancholy, are a basic ingredient of beer, they give it in fact the bitter taste, but in addition to this hops have also interesting draining, sedative, antibacterial and even anticancer properties, as reported in a 2016 study and published on the journal Science Research in Toxicology by a team of researchers of the University of Illinois. According to the ...
The eschscholzia, or California poppy, is a medicinal plant with sedative, antispasmodic and relaxing properties, able to induce sleep without the numbness effect typical of sleeping pills. The plant is native to North America but it has also been introduced in Europe. Try to take the eschscholzia in case of insomnia, difficulty in falling asleep but also in order to give relief to the pain that affects the digestive tract and biliary tract, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis. Of th...
The potatoes, with a yellow or white paste, but also with red skin, are tubers, rich in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, important to control the pressure, vitamin C and B. Potatoes also bring carbohydrates, resulting therefore a high energy food. For the same reason those who have problems with diabetes, high levels of blood sugar or overweight should eat the potatoes carefully without exceeding in quantity and without eating them with other sources of carbohydrates such as bread and pasta. Vi...
Celery has been cultivated and used at first as a medicinal plant and only later as food. Also known by the ancient Greeks and mentioned in Homer's Iliad where Achilles used it to treat his horses, celery has diuretic properties, it stimulates appetite and is helpful for all problems related to the stomach such as gastritis or sour stomach. Then, thanks to minerals and vitamins celery is also a good tonic in case of convalescence and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Celery is constitu...
Passiflora, also known as the passion flower, so called because it recalls the crown of thorns, is a medicinal plant already known by the Aztecs, it was brought to Europe in the seventeenth century and used for its antispasmodic and sedative properties. This plant calms the central nervous system and helps, as demonstrated by scientific studies, both to treat and to prevent insomnia, irritability, restlessness and anxiety, even during menopause, by relaxing without generating depression, the pla...
Pineapple is mostly constituted by water, it contains also important vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamins of group B, C, K, mineral salts such as manganese, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. This fruit contains also an enzyme, the bromelain, with a powerful anti-inflammatory action, for this reason it results helpful in case of cystitis, gastritis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, prostatitis. Pineapple helps also the digestion, mostly after heavy meals or for those with digestive probl...
The onion can be eaten raw or cooked, you can also drink its herbal tea or prepare compresses. Onion stimulates digestion, is able to purify the intestine and it has a diuretic action, for this reason it is recommended if you suffer from kidney or bladder stones, water retention, gout or rheumatism. Onion helps also remove toxins and it has a powerful purifying and detox action. It is also helpful if you have high levels of blood sugar, cholesterol or if you suffer from high blood pressure. Onio...
Coconut can be eaten as a fruit, alternatively it is possible to drink coconut milk and coconut water. Fruit – The fruit, the coconut with the white pulp that can be eaten on the beaches, is rich in mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, copper, iron. It contains also vitamins, such as vitamin C, B, E and K. Coconut is also a source of fibers and water, important in case of constipation. The high content of mineral salts is then helpful in order to remineralize in case of excessive sweati...
Broccoli are rich in mineral salts, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, and vitamins, like vitamin C and vitamins of group B. In addition to this, broccoli contain also sulforaphane, an important substance that, according to recent studies, has anticancer properties. Sulforaphane protects also the lungs by removing all toxins. Broccoli protect the stomach and are a source of antioxidant properties, able to fortify the immune system and, according to recent studies, able to treat the...
Ventilated green clay
green clay wrap – three tablespoons of green clay and water until you obtain a dense compound, put it on the part of your body that needs: in case of acne put the compound on your face, wait 15 minutes then wash the face, in case of joint pain put the compound on the joint, cover with a cotton cloth and leave on for a couple of hours, then rinse- NOT for internal use. Drink nr 1 – a teaspoon of ventilated green clay dissolved in a glass water and allow it to stand for a whole night, the nex...
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