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Pellitory of the wall
Parietaria officinalis, also known as pellitory of the wall, upright pellitory or lichwort, is a plant of the Urticaceae family that includes also the nettle. The people who suffer from seasonal allergies surely have heard of the pellitory since its pollen can cause sneezing, rhinitis and asthma. However, the pellitory has also beneficial properties for the health. Properties - The remedy, taken orally, shows a diuretic, emollient and purifying effect, useful in case of water retention, stones...
Bugle, scientific name Ajuga reptans, is an evergreen plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is also known as St. Lawrence plant, blue bugle, common bugle or carpet bugleweed, and is characterized by interesting anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antiseptic and astringent properties. It can be applied to treat problems of the skin, hair, but also for digestive problems. For external use it is possible to prepare an infusion and use it to gargle, in order to counteract red gums, to clean wo...
The Maritime Pine, scientific name Pinus pinaster, also known as cluster pine, is an evergreen tree of the Pinaceae family. The extract of its bark contains pycnogenol, an antioxidant with protective effects on the microcirculation and the cardiovascular system (Iravani et al, Res Pharm Sci, 2011). But pycnogenol is also able to fight free radicals and to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson ( Voss et al, Free Radic Res, 2006). Thanks to these characteristics,...
Swiss chard, also known as mangold or silverbeet, scientific name Beta vulgaris, is a green leafy vegetable belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family that includes also the beetroot. Swiss chards are characterized by large green leaves, are rich in folates but contain also water, that makes the chard a diuretic vegetable useful to counteract water retention and cystitis. In addition to this, mangold is a source of mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, selenium and iron and ...
The Collinsonia Canadensis, commonly known as richweed, is a medicinal plant of the Labiate family, native to North America and widely used by the Native Americans for its properties. The root of this remedy is used indeed in case of illnesses of the airways such as chronic rhinitis, sinusitis and phlegm, since it acts by reducing the secretions and swelling of the mucous membranes, all situations that otherwise could promote stagnation and the consequent proliferation of germs and bacteria. The...
Sophora japonica, also known as Japanese pagoda tree or scholar tree, is a plant belonging to the Fabacee family native to Central Asia. This plant has a beautiful ornamental role and, in addition to this, also beneficial properties for the health of the circulatory system. From the flowers of the Sophora Japonica, indeed, rutin is extracted, from which the troxerutine is obtained, a flavonoid characterized by antioxidant and antithrombotic action useful against venous stasis, capillary fragilit...
Cassia Angustifolia, also known as Alexandrian Senna, is a plant of the Leguminose or Fabaceae family. The senna has laxative properties, which are useful in case of constipation and hemorrhoids. This effect has been proven by scientific studies and the senna is reported among the remedies against constipation in the page dedicated to the herbal medicines of the University of Maryland, Medical Center. The properties of the senna do not end here, the plant in fact helps in case of worm infestatio...
Apricots are the fruits of the apricot tree, or Prunus armeniaca, of the Rosaceae family. Fresh apricots contain vitamins A and C and mineral salts such as potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, they are also rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant with a protective role in heart disease, cataracts and stroke and inhibition of tumor cell growth, as reported in the guidelines of the American Institute for cancer research about phytochemicals and their effect on human health. Apricots ar...
Rubus fructicosus is a spontaneous bush belonging to Rosaceae family together with rose, strawberry, apple tree and raspberry. Its fruits, the wild blackberries, are delicious and have also important healthful properties against constipation, they improve digestion and soothe inflammations of the mouth and throat. But you can use also leaves, flowers and roots as a remedy to treat wounds and ulcers, to strengthen the gums, to heal hemorrhoids and against sour stomach or diarrhea. Remedy also for...
Centella asiatica, known also as gotu kola, is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. This plant is a remedy in case of cellulite, but it is also helpful in case of edema and capillary fragility, heaviness and swelling in the legs. It has a phlebotonic action, by strengthening and making more flexible the walls of blood vessels, in this way centella improves circulation and is useful to treat the hemorrhoids. Even the skin can benefit from Centella, which stimulates collagen, ...
Cypress is a conifer with beneficial properties. First, its branches in infusion are a great help in case of hemorrhoids, an already known remedy in the Middle Ages: leave to brew a green twig per liter of water for ten minutes and drink two cups a day. For the same disorder you can also prepare a sitz-bath using cypress twigs and do it twice daily. In addition to this, the cypress has also balsamic and expectorant properties, useful in case of cough. In this case try to prepare a decoction by a...
The hamamelis, also known as common or American witch-hazel, is a plant with astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. The witch-hazel protects blood vessels and can be used to treat diarrhea, it helps also in case of sore throat and gum inflammations, but especially it is a remedy in case of hemorrhoids and other disorders of the circulatory system such as varicose veins, phlebitis, cellulite and capillary fragility, since it strengthens the walls of blood vessels and prev...
The oak, thanks to the high content of tannins, has healing and soothing properties, useful in case of wounds, ulcers and to treat hemorrhoids and fissures. The oak ha also antioxidant and astringent properties and results useful in case of diarrhea. This remedy can also be used to protect the skin from wrinkles. Herbal tea of leaves – In case of hemorrhoids and diarrhea try the herbal tea of oak: leave to brew 5 fresh or dried leaves for liter of water for 10 minutes, filter and drink up to t...
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...
Manna is a sugary sap extracted from some types of ash and it is a typical product of Sicily. You can find manna in the specialized shops or online shops but be sure it is pure manna and not synthesized in laboratory. Manna is rich in healthy properties: first of all manna can regulate the intestine. Manna can regenerate it and it is very helpful in case of intestinal inflammations or intolerance and it has also a laxative action. Another property of manna is that manna has an internal cicatrizi...
Yarrow is a very helpful plant in case of hemorrhoids but it can also be useful in case of constipation and abdominal bloating. Yarrow can be taken as herbal tea as well as sitz-bath. As herbal tea- infuse one tablespoon of dried yarrow in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink. Sitz bath - add 100 gr of yarrow in 1-2 liters of boiling water, let stand for 20 minutes, strain and add this herbal tea to the water for the sitz-bath....
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