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Black currant, herbal tea
The blackcurrant, scientific name ribes nigrum, is a shrub of the Grossulariaceae family, can reach 2 meters in height and is characterized by very dark fruits or berries. In herbal medicine, different parts of blackcurrant are used, for example its young buds are used to prepare glycerine macerate, which we have already talked about previously as a remedy for allergies. But even the blackcurrant leaves, once dried, are very interesting in the herbal medicine field and are the ingredients for po...
Ginger infused oil
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a very appreciated officinal plant thanks to its rhizome, scented and rich in active substances. The rhizome can be grated fresh on vegetables, salads, fruit and fish or it can be used to prepare healthy herbal teas. Moreover, from its distillation an essential oil is obtained while by maceration in honey you can get a very useful product to boost the immune system. But that's not all, in fact, with ginger you can also prepare a powerful beneficial...
Chamomile floral water, gold for your beauty
During the steam distillation process of the chamomile flowers to extract the essential oil, a truly beneficial cosmetic product is also obtained, the chamomile floral water. The plant that undergoes this process can be either the common chamomile, or Matricaria chamomilla, or the Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, both from the Asteraceae family. Now let's understand the properties and applications of chamomile floral water, which you can easily buy in herbalist's shops or in specialized natura...
Feverfew, a plant of health and beauty
Feverfew, scientific name Tanacetum parthenium, is a plant of the Asteraceae family very similar to chamomile. Feverfew, properties - The remedy has a long herbal tradition as a medicinal plant and has been the subject of various scientific researches. It results that feverfew, thanks to its powerful active ingredients such as sesquiterpene lactones, especially parthenolide, and flavonoids, has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic action and therefore is a useful reme...
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...
Melissa, beauty water
Lemon balm, melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family that includes also lavender, mint and rosemary. Obtained through steam distillation, the lemon balm water has a very pleasant scent, that reminds that of lemon. Lemon balm water, properties and uses - This beauty water has a relaxing, calming and anxiolytic action, thanks to the properties of lemon balm on the nervous system (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014). It therefore can be sprayed on the face before going to sleep to ...
Lavender, scientific name Lavandula officinalis, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family. It is characterized by a blue-violet inflorescence organized in spikes and by an intense aroma that makes lavender a nice ornamental plant for gardens and balconies. But lavender also has an interesting healthy action. In fact, lavender shows a diuretic, antiseptic, fluidifying, digestive but also calming action recognized by tradition but also proven by scientific studies. Lavender can be used to prepar...
Natural cleaning tips Part 4, dishwasher detergents
What can be found really in dishwasher detergents? The articles dedicated to the INCI of cosmetics for face, body, nails and hair make it clear that often, unfortunately, many products such as creams, beauty serums, shampoos, masks, lotions or make-up contain irritating, sometimes harmful or even suspected carcinogenic ingredients. Also dishwasher detergents are not an exception and many contain chemical fragrances, which can often cause contact or respiratory allergies, aggressive surfactants a...
Lemon balm, mother tincture
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...
Yoga is an ancient discipline, born thousands of years ago in India with the aim to restore and maintain balance and health of mind, body and emotions. We are witnessing a great spread of yoga all over the world and this thanks to the numerous scientific researches that are demonstrating its effectiveness as an aid to control stress and chronic inflammation in the body, which, as we have seen in several posts, can cause in the long run cardiovascular or autoimmune diseases, depression and even t...
Peaches are the fruits of summer, juicy, scented and also really healthy. Peaches are classified on the basis of their flesh color, white, the original color of the fruit, and yellow, that has occurred as a consequence of mutations of a gene, CCD4. This gene, according to a scientific study performed by researchers of Udine University (Falchi et al, Plant J, 2013), is responsible of the degradation of carotenoids, the pigments that give the red and yellow color. In white peach the gene works pro...
Prunella, scientific name prunella vulgaris, also known as common self-heal or woundwort, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, which is characterized by anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, healing and purifying properties. For internal use, the remedy can bring relief in case of migraine, high blood pressure, seasonal illnesses, since it acts by supporting the immune system, and diarrhea, while for external use the prunella is useful to accelerate the healing of wounds, inflam...
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...
Water – How much should you drink?
When we speak about water, the basis of all the processes in our body, we can’t rely on our feelings. The initial stage of dehydration indeed can be misunderstood by our brain and we can feel hunger and not thirst. Then, the sense of thirst depends on age, in elderly is less pronounced, in addition to this and at any age we feel this sense only when we have lost 1-2% of the volume of liquid. But, in this situation, also the first effects of dehydration may occur, such as bad mood, tiredness, pro...
Water – Why it is essential
There isn’t a simpler and more efficient natural remedy than water. Water can be easily found everywhere, it flows from the taps at home, it can be bought in bottles but we often don’t give enough importance to it. Water is essential for the health of the body, this so precious liquid plays a role in carrying the nutritive substances to the cells and the toxins and wastes outside the body, water regulates the body temperature through sweating, is a shock absorber for organs such as the eye or t...
Coffea cruda is a remedy prepared from the mother's tincture of unroasted seeds of the coffee plant, or Coffea Arabica, of the Rubiaceae family. This remedy is used to treat excessive nervousness, hyperactivity and insomnia caused by stress, especially when at night you are not able to fall asleep because there are too many thoughts in your mind or if you stay too long on your computer or watch television before you go to sleep. Coffea cruda is also useful in case of headaches and migraines, pal...
The Bryonia, scientific name Bryonia alba, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. The berries of the plant are toxic with effects such as vomiting or diarrhea. However, the mother tincture obtained from its roots results a helpful homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat painful conditions such as headache, especially if caused by physical efforts or anger and that gets worse in closed and hot environments but finds relief from a pressure on the painful area, ...
The Scutellaria baicalensis, also known as Baical skullcap, comes from Russia and China and is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat allergies, inflammation, flu, liver and lung diseases and headaches. The herbaceous plant has in fact anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergic, antispasmodic and sedative properties, it can be used in case of back pain, because it is able to relax the muscles, headaches, but also insomnia and anxiety states, panic attacks, but especially in case o...
Fumaria officinalis, known also as fumitory or common fumitory, belongs to the Papaveraceae family, already known to the ancient people, like the physicians Dioscorides and Galen, that used this plant in order to regulate the bile ducts and the liver function. The fumitory has a purifying action, it stimulates bile secretion and brings benefits in case of poor digestion and dermatitis linked to problems of liver function. The fumitory has also hypotensive properties and helps in case of headache...
The willow is a plant with anti-inflammatory, painkilling and febrifugal properties also known by ancient people, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The active substance is the salicin, that makes the willow a remedy in case of pain, neuralgias, headache, back pain, muscle pain, muscle strains, arthritis, rheumatism but also fever, cold and other inflammations such as laryngitis and pharyngitis. Avoid willow or ask your doctor for advice during pregnancy, lactation or if you are taking FANS drugs or ...
Lemon verbena (lippia citriodora), also called lemon beebrush, belongs to the vervain family, verbena officinalis belongs to this species too. Lemon verbena comes from South America but can also be found in North America and Europe, the plant is richer, in respect of verbena officinalis, in healing properties. Lemon verbena can be used in case of poor digestion, heartburn, flatulence. This herb results a remedy to treat stomach cramps, asthma and heart palpitations thanks to the antispasmodic ac...
Citron is rich in mineral salts and vitamins, especially vitamin C, very important against the free radicals. It helps in case of cellulite, water retention but it is also helpful for the blood pressure regulation and can be a remedy in case of cystitis. Citron has a digestive action, can help in case of sour stomach and in case of digestive problems and constipation. In addition to this, citron is also a painkiller and is a low-calorie fruit. It is better to avoid industrial drinks and candied ...
Verbena is a tonic for the body and has antispasmodic properties, for this reason it is very helpful in case of insomnia, anxiety and stress. In addition to this, verbena has also febrifuge properties, speeds up the healing process of wounds, burns, sunburns and infections and it is used in case of rheumatism and joint pain. Thanks to its astringent effect verbena is very useful in case of colitis and diarrhea and thanks to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties this plant is useful to ...
Horseradish is a plant of the Brassicaceae family. The horseradish root helps stomach, intestine and the liver to perform their functions. It avoids also intestinal gas formation. In addition to this, horseradish is also rich in vitamin C and has a diuretic effect. For this reason it is very helpful in case of water retention and genitourinary tract stones. Horseradish is also a valid remedy in case of cold, cough and catarrh. For external use horseradish root is helpful in case of back pain, sc...
Lime tree (linden)
Linden has antispasmodic and calming properties, for this reason it is considered very useful in case of stress, irritability, insomnia, headache, tachycardia and palpitations. Moreover, lime tree can purify the blood and clean blood vessels, it is helpful in case of rheumatism thanks to a mild diuretic effect. Prepare a herbal tea by adding a handful of dried flower of lime tree and leave them to brew for about 10 minutes in one liter of boiling water, filter and drink up to three cups a day, t...
Angelica is a plant with umbrella-like flowers rich in healthy properties. Angelica has antispasmodic properties, it is tonic, anti-inflammatory, and has also detox and carminative effects. Thanks to these properties angelica is able to soothe menstrual and abdominal cramps and prevents the formation of intestinal gas. Useful in case of headache and rheumatism, angelica is also able to fortify bronchi and lungs. Do not take angelica during pregnancy and lactation or in case of sun exposure ...
Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm)
Lemon balm has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and carminative effect, for this reason it is used to sooth menstrual cramps and treat digestive problems, colitis and abdominal cramps. Thanks to the antispasmodic properties, lemon balm can also be very helpful in case of anxiety, stress, nervous breakdown and possible somatization because this plant is able to treat the contractions of the organs: of the heart that can cause tachycardia, of the nervous system with insomnia, headache and tiredn...
Marjoram is a spice that can make your dishes tastier. Add a pinch of marjoram for example to vegetables or omelets. Fresh marjoram - Marjoram is not only a tasty spice but has also healthy properties, in fact marjoram is able to aid digestion and can reduce fat metabolism. Add marjoram to the dishes only at the end of the preparation because the heat destroys its properties. As herbal tea - Marjoram helps also in case of stress by lowering blood pressure and by regulating the levels of ...
As herbal tea – Infuse 1,5 tablespoon of jasmine flowers in one liter of boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and drink. Jasmine is a powerful painkiller so jasmine tea can be a remedy in case of headache or other types of pain. Jasmine tea is also useful in case of anxiety, stress and insomnia. Try it also if you have problems of poor digestion. As essential oil – try to mix 1 or 2 drops of jasmine essential oil in the cream of face and body and apply this on the skin. This has a firming, an...
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