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Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a plant of the Zingiberaceae family native to the Far East but nowadays widely known all over the world. The part of ginger that we use is the fleshy and fragrant rhizome, fresh, sliced or grated, in the dried form as a powder or even in the form of candied fruit. Ginger is a spice used to flavor sweet and savory dishes, but also to prepare healthy herbal teas. In fact, ginger is characterized by beneficial properties, which we are now going to see...
Arnica, infused oil and cream
Arnica, scientific name Arnica montana, is a medicinal plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Arnica is also one of the most well-known and appreciated traditional natural remedies, so that, even today, you can find in every chemist’s and herbalist’s shop arnica infused oils, tinctures, creams and gels, used for external applications in case of trauma, bruises, sprains with swelling, pain and stiffness. Moreover, arnica-based products are also considered useful to alleviate the symptoms of os...
Moroccan mint, scientific name Mentha spicata var crispa, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family and is a cousin of the well known peppermint. Moroccan mint has a sweeter taste than peppermint and, for this reason, can be used for cooking as a scented and healthy dressing but also to prepare the famous Moroccan mint tea. Moroccan mint, properties – For what concerns the properties, the leaves of the Moroccan mint, rich in essential oils, result, like peppermint, antimicrobial a...
Cherries, stones and stems
Cherries are so delicious, juicy, tasty and healthy, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidant substances. And the great thing of cherries is that nothing is thrown away, neither the stems nor the stones, both interesting natural remedies! But let's see better in detail. Cherry stems - Cherry stems are highly diuretic and therefore useful in case of water retention and cellulite (Hooman et al, Pak J Pharm Sci, Oct 2009). Moreover, scientific studies (Aires et al, ABP, 2017) have observed...
Uncaria tormentosa is a medicinal plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family. It is native to the rainforests of Amazonia and central America and is called also cat’s claw because of its hook-like thorns needed by the plant to climb on the trees. Used as a remedy since ancient times thanks to its healthy action, now the properties of uncaria are recognized also by scientists (Reis et al, Int Immunopharmacol, Mar 2008 – de Paula et al, J Altern Complement Med, Jan 2015). In particular, according to ...
Hyaluronic acid, the beauty secret
What causes skin aging? With years and as a consequence of the action of some external agents, especially UV rays, cigarette smoke and pollution, the cutaneous tissues lose their moisture and therefore water that, on the contrary, guarantees tone, elasticity and mobility. The key molecule involved in the hydration level of the skin is hyaluronic acid, a constituent not only of skin, but also of the connective tissues and eyes. This substance is produced by the body and is able to retain water, h...
Pilates is a fitness method developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates with the purpose to improve posture, to make the movements more harmonious and to reshape the body. Joseph Pilates created this method with the aim to support the injured dancers on their path to rehabilitation, he mixed the strength, typical of the Occidental exercises, with the calm and concentration of Oriental practice and meditation. Many pilates exercises remind indeed of the yoga poses and in fact this is where the...
Chaga mushroom, scientific name Inonotus obliquus, is a type of mushroom that generally grows on the bark of trees such as birch but also beech, oak and alder in regions characterized by cold weather such as Siberia, Alaska and part of north Canada. The name chaga comes from the Russian word used to indicate the mushroom. This mushroom has been used for centuries and now it is becoming popular thanks to its antioxidant properties, useful to counteract aging processes, wrinkles and dull skin, but...
New Zealand green lipped mussel
New Zealand green lipped mussel, scientific name Perna canaliculus, is a bivalve mollusk belonging to the Mytilidae family and native to New Zealand. Its fame is growing fast because this type of mussel has beneficial properties for the health of the joints and, for this reason, it is possible to find, in specialized shops, supplements based on this mollusk that are really useful in case of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint stiffness and joint pain. The oil that is extracted from these...
Mace is a spice native to the Moluccas obtained from the internal part of the fruit of a tree, Myristica fragrans. From the same tree is obtained also nutmeg that comes, on the contrary, from the seed and has a more intense and less sweet taste than mace. Mace has vitamins, such as A, C and group B, and mineral salts, such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, selenium and phosphorus, it contains also antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, very useful to counteract free radicals. In a...
Valerian, scientific name Valeriana officinalis, also known as garden valerian or setwall, is a plant belonging to the Valerianaceae family with relaxing and sedative properties that are useful against anxiety, agitation, insomnia or tachycardia, headache or menstrual cramps and even irritated bowel and colitis. Valerian actually has many varieties, almost 250, but Valeriana officinalis is the one used in phytotherapy since ancient Roman and Greek times. It is indeed particularly rich in calming...
Eutrema japonicum is a plant commonly known as wasabi or Japanese horseradish. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family and grows naturally in the coldest regions of Japan. The stem is used in order to obtain a green-colored paste, very spicy, called with the same name as the plant, wasabi, very appreciated with dishes like sushi. Wasabi, both the freshly grated stem, but very rare to find, and the dip, have digestive, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, useful against aging processes and the...
The bamboo is a plant of the Gramineae family, typical of the tropical and sub-tropical regions, it is characterized by flexible stems, high but at the same time very resistant. The bamboo, for these characteristics, can be used to implement architectural constructions, furniture but also paper and textiles. In addition to this, the bamboo has also healing properties, it is in fact a source of mineral salts and antioxidants, in particular, it is rich in silica, potassium and choline, important t...
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 ...
Pycnogenol is a polyphenol extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine and it has important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-thrombotic properties. It can be used in case of circulatory problems such as venous insufficiency, tired, swollen and heavy legs, it protects the skin from sun damages, it is a remedy for joint pain and it is able to strengthen the immune system. Take daily one tablet of pycnogenol 15 minutes before breakfast for a month....
Like the raspberry, also in case of strawberry it is possible to use leaves, roots and fruits thanks to the healthy properties of this plant. Some people are allergic to strawberries with symptoms such as hives, itching, rash, but these effects are often due to the powerful detox property of strawberry. Fruit – Strawberry is rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2 but also phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium. In addition to this, the fruit (the real fruits are the seeds!) contains also antiox...
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 ...
There are two types of mustard seeds: yellow mustard seeds, with big yellow seeds, and black mustard seeds with black seeds. Mustard helps digestion but it is better not to exceed with mustard because it can irritate the stomach. All the types of mustard are rich in mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium , and vitamins, such as vitamin A, E, C, of group B, and antioxidants. Yellow and black mustard seeds are the ingredients to prepare mustard sauce, but, in addition to this, it is ...
Devil’s claw is a painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason this remedy is very helpful in case of pain and inflammations such as tendinitis, arthritis, sciatica, back and cervical pain, rheumatism. However, you should be very careful with devil’s claw, avoid it if you suffer from diabetes and if you are taking medicines to control blood sugar or anticoagulants. It is better to avoid devil’s claw during pregnancy or if you suffer from gastritis or ulcer. Devil’s claw can be t...
Mugo pine has a powerful anti-inflammatory power, especially for what concerns the respiratory tract. The essential oil obtained from mugo pine is used to treat all infections of respiratory tract and has expectorant and balsamic action. Steam Inhalation – to treat diseases of the respiratory tract and to get rid of catarrh steam inhalation can be very useful: add to a bowl full of hot water some drops of mugo pine essential oil. Massages – Mugo pine essential oil acts with an anti-infla...
Turmeric is a spice characterized by incredible properties according to a lot of scientific studies. Turmeric helps in case of poor digestion since it stimulates the production of gastric juices. In addition to this turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, fortifies the immune system, is able to induce the death of cancer cells and plays an important role in degenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer, prevention. In order to get all the benefits of turmeric try to mix one teaspoon full...
Krill is a small crustacean that lives in the cold water of the Antarctic Ocean. From krill an oil is obtained rich in Omega 3 very important for the health of hearth and of the cardiovascular system. Krill oil helps indeed to lower the levels of bad cholesterol and to increase at the same time the levels of good cholesterol. In krill oil we can find also antioxidants that, together with fatty acids Omega 3, are useful in case of pain, such as joint pain or neck pain. Among the antioxidants we...
As herbal tea – Add one teaspoon of rosemary leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink. The obtained herbal tea has a liver detoxifying effect. Steam Facial – Boil water, when water is boiling add a couple of rosemary sprigs. Wait for some seconds then remove from heat. Expose your clean face to steam for about ten minutes. Then, use a wipe with skin tonic. In case of acne and oily and blemish-prone skin . Essential oil - if you breathe the aroma this is...
Dead Sea salt
The Dead Sea salt can be found in all chemist’s and herbalist’s shops. Prefer the coarse Dead Sea salt in its simplest form without the addition of fragrance or other elements. Dissolve one tablespoon of salt in a basin of water at the temperature of 37-38°C. Soak the part, the could be the face in case of acne or eczema, or the joint in case of joint pain and arthritis. Useful also in case of psoriasis, in this case our advice is to fill a bathtub with water at the temperature 37-38°C and dis...
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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