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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 58, a beauty treatment worthy of gods and heroes
The foot bath performed with hot water, salt and essential oils improves the quality of sleep, fights anxiety, stress and sadness and also has an antifungal and antimicrobial action.
In Homer's Odyssey one of the most moving and fascinating moments is when the elderly nurse Euriclea recognizes Ulysses, despite being disguised as a beggar. And perhaps it is no coincidence that Homer chose to represent this significant moment during one of the gestures so dear to the Greeks, the foot bath, a symbol of hospitality, respect and benevolence. Foot bath, perhaps also performed with oils and essences, concerns the sphere of health and hygiene but also helps to relax, removes tiredne...
Cherries, the fruits of health sacred to Venus
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and anti-obesity properties, reduce blood pressure, help prevent gout attacks, improve sleep and mood.
The cherry tree is the sacred plant of Venus, the goddess of love. And we can also say without fear of making a mistake that bringing its red and juicy fruits, cherries, to the table is a gesture of love towards us and our loved ones. In fact, cherries are a precious source of properties for health, also helping to keep body weight under control, if included in a healthy and balanced diet. But let's understand better. Cherries, nutrients - Cherries are a valuable source of antioxidants, such ...
Serotonin, the happiness hormone
Counteracts anxiety and depression, helps regulate the sleep-wake rhythm, appetite and heart function.
They call it the hormone of happiness, we are talking about serotonin, a neurotransmitter that not only regulates mood but also plays a role in many other biological processes that affect, for example, the heart rate and regulation of appetite. Given the importance of serotonin, let's try to understand exactly its function in the body and brain and how to avoid drops in this substance. Serotonin, what it is and how it works - Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that modulates neural activity an...
Lavender essential oil, the essence of good night
Lavender has a proven calming, relaxing and soothing action but, most of all, it helps to counteract insomnia and interrupted and disturbed sleep and to give everyone a restful rest, including children and women who have just given birth.
In the garden, lavender stands out for its blue flowers and its silver leaves. When you feel down, anxious and thoughts continue to crowd your mind, try to rub this plant between your fingertips and smell the aroma, you will immediately feel more refreshed. Lavender is a plant known and appreciated for centuries, with antiseptic, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. But that's not all, from lavender, in fact, one of the best essential oils against insomnia is obtained, to keep near the bed ...
Orange, leaves, flowers and rind of the fruit
Every part of the orange can be used to benefit the health of body and mind. In fact, the leaves and flowers are calming, fight anxiety and insomnia, headaches and asthma, are anti-aging and also prevent photo-aging. The peel of the orange fruit protects the stomach and intestines, is carminative but also prevents neurodegeneration.
Of the orange tree we know above all the fruit, fragrant and juicy, with antioxidant and anticancer properties. But in fact this is such an interesting and generous plant that we can use everything from it, even the leaves, flowers and rind of the fruit for our well-being. Orange leaves - As the famous herbalist Messeguè indicates in his book My Herbarium, orange leaves, especially those of bitter orange, are rich in active ingredients that give them calming and antispasmodic properties. In f...
Sage, properties and uses in the kitchen
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic, improves digestion, is carminative and antispasmodic, drives away anxieties and insomnia, improves mood, fights tumors and hyperglycemia, helps in menopause in case of hot flashes and excessive sweating, protects the brain, improves memory and combats cognitive impairment.
In the vegetable gardens, sage begins to appear, with its tender and fragrant leaves, it is a real joy for the palate! But it is not just a matter of taste, sage is also a precious source of health properties, already known for centuries. In fact, in one of its writings the Salerno medical school, the most famous medical school of the Middle Ages, said, what should a person who grows sage in his garden die of? Not to mention the vinegar of the four thieves ... in fact, a French legend wants that...
Breathing, the simplest natural remedy for viral infections, asthma, insomnia and anxiety
Breath as a natural remedy. Let's see the best breathing techniques that, based on scientific research, have been shown to counteract anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma and even viral infections of the respiratory tract.
Breathing and the way we do it can become our powerful allies against asthma, but also colds, respiratory tract infections, anxiety and insomnia. Let's see how small tricks or simple exercises that you can practice even every day for a few minutes can help improve well-being and quality of life. Sometimes solutions and remedies are something we really have… under our noses! Breathing through the nose against viral infections - Between the mouth and nose, it is best to breathe through the nose...
Ylang ylang Essential oil, the pampering for skin, hair and mood
Relaxing, hypotensive and sedative, promotes good sleep, calms and reduces blood pressure, thanks to the antioxidant, antibacterial and sebum-regulating action helpful against wrinkles and acne, fights lice, promotes hair growth and health.
When asked by the journalist what she preferred to wear to bed, the legendary Marilyn Monroe replied with a phrase destined to be remembered, “Chanel number 5”. But what does a perfume that made history have to do with ylang ylang essential oil? Well ... the flower of flowers, as the ylang ylang is also called, loved by Coco Chanel is one of the main ingredients of Chanel number 5 perfume! But ylang ylang not only has a sweet and exotic scent, which captivates, it is also an essential oil that a...
Against anxiety, insomnia and depression, here are tips and natural remedies for every day
Tips and remedies for anxiety, insomnia and depression to be put into practice in everyday life. Because the effective actions are even the simplest, such as drinking a milk with a pinch of saffron, cooking or even imagining natural landscapes.
The mind that continues to go to the same obsessive and continuous thoughts, the attention always focused on the search for possible solutions, which however are not found, at night a great effort to fall asleep and nocturnal awakenings and during the day anxiety and nervousness that do not let us enjoy the little things that life offers. Can natural remedies in these cases help to restore calm, clear the mind and drive away anxieties in order to recharge us with energy and put us in the best co...
Essential oils and blends of essences for anxiety, stress and insomnia
Anxiety, stress, restlessness, thoughts, fears and insomnia, to counter these conditions a help comes from the essential oils of lavender, chamomile, bergamot and geranium. The latter also supports the immune system and fights infections of the respiratory tract.
Aromatherapy can be an ally against anxiety, sadness, nervousness and depression, without side effects and easy to put into practice. Of all the essential oils that nature makes available to us, some have proven to be more effective in improving mood and relaxing. Are we just talking about beliefs or traditions? No, of science! In fact, as we will see on the basis of very recent scientific studies, some essential oils more than others are capable of acting on the brain and neurotransmitters, bri...
Insomnia and anxiety, here are the best remedies
Herbal teas, supplements and pranayama help to restore calm, drive away thoughts and counteract insomnia, reducing the time taken to fall asleep and improving the quality of sleep.
Sometimes worries disturb us and don't let us sleep. Here comes insomnia that may even worsen the nervousness. Nature and yoga, also in this case, can give us a hand, so let's see the best herbal remedies, supplements and meditation techniques that, as proven by scientific studies, are able to improve the quality of sleep, counteract insomnia and anxiety. Herbal tea of ??happiness - The well-known French herbalist Maurice Messegue, in his book My Herbarium, proposes his recipe to drive away an...
Almonds, a sweet healthy snack
Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, protect digestion, counteract stomach swelling, nausea and acidity, improve rest and sleep, support the immune system, promote intestinal and microbiota health, reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and waistline, satiate and bring energy.
Almonds are the edible seeds of the almond tree, scientific name Prunus amygdalus var dulcis, native to Central Asia but nowadays widespread all over the world. With their delicate flavor, almonds are appreciated by everyone, adults and children, they can be eaten as a healthy and energetic snack, added to yogurt and sauces. So let's try to understand the properties of almonds and see some ideas to eat them in a yummy way. Almonds, properties and daily dose - Almonds contain fats, mainly unsat...
Black spruce essential oil, the Christmas essence that is good for the brain, lungs, skin and hair
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, calming and neuroprotective, this essence fights inflammation of the respiratory tract, insomnia and sadness, soothes irritated skin and calms dermatitis, fights dandruff and acne.
Christmas is warmth, sweet sensations but also balsamic aromas that envelop us, giving calm, freeing the mind and opening the breath. Today we see the properties of a very particular essential oil, in fact we are talking about the essence obtained from the branches and needles of the black spruce, scientific name Picea mariana. This essential oil, with its warm forest aroma, immediately brings to mind the holidays, the family gathered around the tree, laughter, but it also has another characteri...
Magnesium ensures proper heart function, regulates blood pressure, mood, helps counteract premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation, muscle cramps, but also depression and insomnia, especially in older people. We also look at the main dietary sources of magnesium and the role of supplements.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is involved in more than 300 different reactions that take place in our body. Magnesium is involved above all in the processes involving energy metabolism, DNA replication and repair and the synthesis of neurotransmitters. With age, magnesium levels tend to drop since bone mass, which is one of the most important reserves of magnesium, is also reduced. In addition, as regards the other age groups of the population, chronic infla...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 40, the lavender that made Julius Caesar fall in love
Lavender is antimicrobial, healing and capable of regenerating the skin, thanks to its calming action it relaxes and removes stress, useful for counteracting insomnia.
Often the most important discoveries arise by chance, from an unexpected event, an error or an accident. Like the one we’ll tell you about today. We are in France, in 1910, the perfume and cosmetic laboratories are in great ferment and compete to invent and put on the market synthetic products and fragrances. Science prevails and nature and traditions must give way to industrial progress. And it is precisely here that in one of these laboratories an explosion develops, at the expense of Renè Mau...
Antispasmodic and calming action, useful in case of anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, but also stomach and belly pain, diuretic, anti-inflammatory action, helpful in case of cough, cold and sore throat.
Linden, or basswood, scientific name Tilia, is a plant of the Tiliaceae family that can reach considerable size and is characterized by a great longevity. Linden flowers, leaves and bark are considered excellent natural remedies to prepare decoctions and infusions with a calming and antispasmodic action. But let's see in detail the properties of this very special plant. Linden, properties - Maurice Messegue speaks of linden in his book My herbarium, indicating this plant as a remedy for insomn...
Lavender essential oil, the essence that you should always have with you
Calming, useful in case of insomnia, neuroprotective, analgesic in case of pain in the muscles and joints, brings relief in case of painful menstruation, promotes hair growth, fights acne, calms itching and soothes the bites of insect.
The scent of lavender smells good, clean, of lines well folded and carefully stored in the closets, of blue fields that are lost on the horizon. And it is precisely this perfume that envelops us when we open a bottle of its essential oil, obtained by steam distillation of lavender flowers. Lavender essential oil is probably one of the best known and appreciated and owes its fame to the relaxing, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that characterize it and make it an essential oil to alway...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 7, mint, marjoram and oregano
Taking care of the garden helps fight anxiety and the constant dwelling on things and helps to free up resources to overcome any adversity. Not only that, in this way we can have available fruits and herbs with an important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor action.
Working the soil, pruning plants, giving them water, these actions not only represent a cure for the garden but also for ourselves. They help us to get away from problems and to stop dwelling on things. This does not mean, of course, to escape from one's responsibilities or from the present time, on the contrary, by leaving the mind free and getting lost in the here and now, we bring out the talents and resources that will help us overcome any trauma, thought or concern. Today we see how to grow...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 6, gooseberry, red currant and coriander
Properties, uses and cultivation of gooseberry, red currant and coriander.
This is the time to take care of the garden! Taking care of plants, seeing them grow, bloom and then reap the fruits is healing, puts you in a good mood, removes bad thoughts and empowers the mind leaving it free to draw on its talents and resources. Because it is these resources that help us overcome any trauma, concern or obstacle. By taking care of a vegetable garden we also take care of ourselves! Today we talk about gooseberries, red currants and coriander. Gooseberry - Gooseberry, scient...
How to sleep well, essential oils, herbal teas and diet
Lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang but also chamomile, hops and valerian, we see the most powerful natural remedies to improve sleep quality. In this article we will also see how dietary choices can help in order to make sleep more restful and less disturbed.
Sleeping is essential for the well-being of the body and mind. However, in some particularly stressful situations it may happen that sleep loses quality, it is more difficult to fall asleep and frequent awakenings do not make it a restful sleep. As always, nature could be a help. We will therefore see in this article the best essential oils, herbal teas and natural remedies that can help you sleep better. Not only that, even the dietary choices, as we will see, may play a role. Essential oils ...
Lemon balm, infusion, decoction and baths, against anxiety, insomnia and cramps
Lemon balm is analgesic, sedative, calming and digestive, it helps in case of abdominal pain, stomach ache and painful menstruation, reduces cough and is beneficial in case of headache.
Lemon balm, scientific name melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, the same as mint, oregano, sage and rosemary, to give some examples. With its leaves characterized by a lemon aroma, lemon balm is a wonderful choice for the gardens or the balconies where it can be grown. The lemon balm leaves can be used to prepare infusions and decoctions after a drying process. Alternatively, you can easily buy, even online, dried lemon balm leaves ready to be infused. But let's see the prop...
Tibetan singing bowls
Calming action, help to lower blood pressure and counteract anxiety and stress.
Tibetan singing bowls are a very ancient musical instrument. They look like bronze bowls, although the alloy, with which they are made, can include up to 12 metals, they do not have a clapper but are played using a stick that generates a deep and fascinating sound. Tibetan singing bowls are at the center of numerous scientific studies since it is believed that the vibration generated by them is able to act on mood and anxiety. But let's understand better. Tibetan singing bowls, what science sa...
Petitgrain essential oil
Anti inflammatory and antimicrobial, useful in case of acne and oily skin but also excessive sweating, anti stress remedy, able to counteract anxiety and insomnia and able to improve concentration.
What an amazing and generous plant is the bitter orange! Indeed, from bitter orange, scientific name citrus aurantium, three different types of essential oils and a floral water are obtained, all products well appreciated both in cosmetics and aromatherapy. From the peel of the fruits of this plant the bitter orange essential oil is extracted, from the flowers the well known neroli essential oil is obtained but also leaves and branches are important! In fact, through steam distillation of leaves...
Properties and dietary sources of tryptophan, the essential amino acid that helps in case of insomnia, sadness and anxiety.
Tryptophan is an amino acid discovered by two British biochemists, Hopkins and Cole, in the early 1900s and is one of the eight amino acids defined essential, that is that they are not produced by the body but have to be introduced with diet (Richard et al, Int J Tryptophan Res, 2009). Tryptophan, what is it? - Tryptophan is used by the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin, in turn, is a neurotransmitter involved in various processes such as sleep induction, pain threshold control, thermoregu...
High antioxidant power and more than the other lettuce varieties, it fights free radicals, provides minerals and vitamins, promotes good sleep.
Red lettuce is a type of lettuce, scientific name Lactuca sativa from the Asteraceae family, with dark red leaves. It is this characteristic that makes red lettuce a food particularly rich in antioxidants, substances able to counteract aging processes and oxidative stress, the cause of various conditions and diseases, such as, for example, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, tumors or arthritis (Pham-Huy et al, Int J Biomed Sci, 2008 - Lobo et al, Pharmacogn Rev, 2010). In...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 16, the fragrance of Julius Caesar
How to make the famous telinum, the fragrance also used by Julius Caesar, fresh, energizing but also able to nourish the skin and remove tensions.
Julius Caesar, the renowned Roman leader and politician, in his work the de Bello Gallico speaks of a habit he had, perfuming his body with a particular fragrance called the telinum. Also Pliny the Elder speaks of telinum in his work Naturalis Historia, by explaining that it is an ointment prepared with olive oil in which herbs are macerated, such as fenugreek, marjoram and melilot. A few years ago CNR, the Italian national research council, recreated this ointment with a sweet and slightly pung...
Siberian fir essential oil
Antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and expectorant, useful in case of cold, sinusitis, flu and sore throat, able to remove tensions and reduce arousal states.
Through steam distillation of the branches of the Siberian fir, scientific name Abies sibirica of the Pinaceae family, a very special essential oil is obtained, able to give freshness and to purify the rooms but also useful to act against stress. In general, it is a well tolerated essential oil, even by skin. Let’s see now how to use it and how to exploit its properties, on the basis of scientific researches. Able to purify the rooms, against cold and flu – This essential oil is anti inflammat...
Chamomile floral water, gold for your beauty
Anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing, useful in the case of acne, erythema, dry and delicate skin, red and swollen eyes, diaper irritation, excellent aftershave thanks to the tonic and calming action, antispasmodic and relaxing properties helpful in case of insomnia and headache.
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...
Food combination and cooking method, potatoes Part 2
What food you can prepare before an exam, or in case of anxiety or insomnia? Potatoes may be helpful thanks to their calming action, finally, we’ll see that French fries in some cases aren’t bad for health!.
Potatoes are edible tubers produced by the plant solanum tuberosum, belonging to the Solanaceae family. Potatoes aren’t a fatty food and, from the nutritional point of view, they are characterized by a high content in vitamins, such as group B and C, mineral salts, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, that makes the potatoes a food able to relax, proteins and anti inflammatory and antioxidant substances (Camire et al, Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 2009). In the previous post we have seen s...
Food combinations and cooking methods, potatoes Part 1
Potatoes relax and are useful in case of stress, anxiety, agitation before exams and insomnia, find out how to cook and serve potatoes in order to maximize their properties.
Potato, solanum tuberosum, is a plant of the Solanaceae family. The edible part of the plant is formed by tubers, the potatoes, that are the enlarged underground stems. Potatoes can be purchased either when they have reached full maturity or when their development has been interrupted, in this case we speak of new potatoes. Be careful in case of germinated potatoes because solanine, a toxic alkaloid, is produced at this stage. Therefore, the germinated potato should not be eaten. Potatoes are a ...
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