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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...
Pumpkin seed oil, properties and uses in cooking
Antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and anti-inflammatory substances, useful for reducing cholesterol and triglycerides, in menopause it helps to reduce hot flashes and headaches, protects the liver and blood vessels, relieves the symptoms of urinary disorders and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
From the cold pressing of pumpkin seeds a thick and dark oil is produced, the pumpkin seed oil. We have already seen the beauty properties of this precious vegetable oil that, when applied with massages on the scalp, can help counteract hair loss. Today, however, we are talking about the properties of pumpkin seed oil for food use. Yes, because this exceptional oil can also be used raw as a condiment. But let's see its nutritional characteristics and what it can do for our health. Pumpkin seed...
Pomegranate, the properties of the whole fruit
Pomegranate grains are antioxidant, anticancer, protect the heart and brain from degeneration, support the immune system by promoting the growth of good bacteria in the intestinal microbiota, also useful against hot flashes and osteoporosis in menopause.
With its red and juicy seeds, the pomegranate is a fruit that brings joy even in the grayest autumn days. The juice obtained from the pomegranate is certainly one of the best known and most appreciated drinks, it can be purchased almost everywhere, in supermarkets and specialty shops, and is characterized by a powerful antioxidant action. However, often at the greengrocer we find the whole pomegranate fruit, what are its properties? And how can it be used in the kitchen? Let's try to understand ...
Raspberry, glycerine macerate
Natural remedy dedicated to women's health, calming and antispasmodic action, useful in case of painful menstruation and premenstrual syndrome, helpful in menopause against hot flashes, but also in case of ovarian cysts and fibroma.
The raspberry, scientific name Rubus idaeus, belongs to the Rosaceae family. This plant is a shrub that in summer produces sweet and delicious fruits, highly appreciated both naturally and processed in the form of juices, syrups or jams, while its leaves are used as a herbal remedy in the form of infusions with anti-inflammatory properties useful in case of stomach and urinary tract problems. Today, however, we will talk about the properties of another remedy obtained from raspberry, in particul...
Useful against hot flashes and other symptoms related to menopause.
Cimicifuga racemosa, commonly known as black cohosh or fairy candle, is a plant of the Ranuncolaceae family, it grows spontaneously in North America but in all the herbalist’s and chemists’ shops it is possible to find its extract. Black cohosh and its beneficial properties in menopause - The cimicifuga, so called because the plant releases an unpleasant smell to insects, is a very interesting natural remedy that is useful in menopause thanks to the substances contained called triterpenes gluc...
Refreshing and disinfectant, it balances sebum production, helps with acne but also sunburned skin and in case of dandruff, useful for tired and heavy legs and to fight menopausal hot flashes.
The peppermint, scientific name Mentha piperita of the Lamiaceae family, is an aromatic herb widely used in cooking to give more flavor to salads and vegetables but also to prepare digestive and scented herbal teas. In addition to this, through steam distillation of the mint, a hydrolat, or floral water, is produced with very interesting properties for the well-being of the body and the beauty of the skin and hair. Indeed, mint hydrolat could be considered a real "must" to take with you on vacat...
For internal use it protects the heart, counteracts inflammations, reduces symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome, improves bone health, for external use results useful as an anti-aging skin.
Borage, scientific name Borago officinalis, is a spontaneous plant characterized by hairy leaves and small flowers of a beautiful blue-violet color. In a previous post we saw how this plant was used for cooking, today we will see in detail the properties of the oil obtained by pressing borage seeds, both for internal and external use. The seeds are in fact rich in gamma-linolenic acid with a powerful antioxidant action, able to counteract the aging processes and inflammations and helpful in case...
Antioxidant, able to protect the microcirculation and fight capillary fragility, hemorrhoids and venous insufficiency, protects the skin from aging caused by photo exposure, reduces skin spots and strengthens the defensive barrier of the skin, a help in menopause since it reduces hot flashes, cholesterol, sugars and pressure.
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,...
Able to regulate menstruation, useful in case of heavy periods, anti-anemic and tonic action, useful to counteract hot flashes.
Dong quai or female ginseng, scientific name angelica sinensis, is an herb belonging to the Apiaceae family that grows spontaneously on the mountains of China, Korea and Japan. The plant has been used for centuries by Chinese traditional medicine and, thanks to its properties, it is also mentioned in the Herb and Alternative medicine database of University of Maryland, Medical center, Baltimore, USA. Dong quai is used for its anti-anemic, tonic and antispasmodic action, it results able to regula...
Vitamins and mineral salts, anti-inflammatory action demonstrated by scientific studies, role in soothing some symptoms related to menopause such as hot flashes, fiber rich food, against constipation, satiating power, energy.
Bulgur is a cereal food obtained from durum wheat that, after steaming, is air dried and then coarsely milled. It has a very ancient origin, it seems indeed that bulgur was appreciated already by Babylonians and Hittites. It has the same characteristics as whole grain wheat, contains mineral salts such as potassium, iron and phosphorus, vitamins such as E, group B and PP, and fibers, useful for the proper intestinal functioning and to counteract constipation. Moreover, bulgur is a high energy f...
Sorb tree, glycerin macerated
Improves circulation, beneficial against varicose veins, edema, heavy legs, tinnitus, but also problems related to menopause such as flushing, headache and hypertension.
The sorb tree, scientific name Sorbus domestica, is a tree of the Rosaceae family whose fruits are appreciated for their astringent properties. From the buds of the sorb tree, instead, the glycerin macerated can be obtained that is very useful in order to improve blood circulation. You can use this remedy to treat problems related to venous and lymphatic insufficiency, leg pain, edema, varicose veins but also tinnitus and menopausal disorders such as flushing, hypertension, headache. Rich in cit...
Adaptogenic properties useful in case of stress and fatigue, anti-acid and digestive effect against ulcers, reflux and sour stomach, isoflavones able to relieve symptoms of menopause such as flushes or irritability, useful for osteoporosis prevention, antioxidants for heart health, able to counteract LDL cholesterol oxidation, helpful with tobacco and alcohol addiction.
Kudzu, scientific name Pueraria montana, is a plant of the Fabacee or Leguminosae family that includes also soy, beans, fava beans, peas and lentils. Native to Asia, it is used for cooking, in fact kudzu root powder works as thickener and gelling agent, but also as a natural remedy. Kudzu, in fact, contains isoflavones, natural compounds with a structure similar to human body estrogens, which help to soothe menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis, as reported in the study published in the Evidence-...
Antioxidant and anti-fatigue properties, energizing action, purifying effect, similar estrogenic action to relieve menopausal symptoms, helps keep cholesterol levels under control, prevents bad cholesterol oxidation, is a useful vasodilator in case of hypertension.
Polygonum cuspidatum or Japanese knotweed, scientific name Fallopia Japonica, is a plant belonging to the Polygonaceae family native to China. It is used for the preparation of tonic and anti-fatigue supplements, useful in case of loss of energy typical of seasonal changes. In fact, this remedy is particularly rich in antioxidant resveratrol, since its dry extract contains a quantity of resveratrol about 400 times higher than that contained in red grape juice. Resveratrol helps fight aging proce...
Anti-inflammatory and purifying properties, acts on kidneys and adrenal glands, can be used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, helps relieve symptoms of menopause and irregular menstruation, remedy in case of anemia.
Rehmannia glutinosa is one of the 50 basic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, called Di-huang, that means yellow earth. This remedy is used for its beneficial effect for problems related to the kidneys and adrenal glands, it purifies indeed these organs. In addition to this rehmannia helps alleviate symptoms related to menopause such as irritability, insomnia and hot flashes, is helpful in case of irregular periods and seems to have also hypoglycemic and anti-inflammatory properties. In...
Calming properties, useful sedative in case of insomnia, anxiety and nervousness, antiseptic and diuretic action against relapsing cystitis, healing and cicatrizing properties on skin problems, dermatitis, wounds, sores and loose skin, high levels of phytoestrogens important against unwanted effects of menopause, anticancer, digestive properties against gastritis.
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 ...
Sage essential oil
Helpful in case of hormonal imbalances, irregular and heavy periods, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes in menopause, cellulite, water retention, alopecia related to hormonal problems, remedy in case of asthma, bronchitis, excessive sweating of the feet, inflammations of the gums, canker sores or aphthae, nervous breakdown and anxiety.
Salvia officinalis, sage, is a plant of the Labiate family. Rich in natural estrogens, that result very helpful in order to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve the effects of menopause, sage is used to obtain an essential oil able to treat all the imbalances of the female genital tract, namely irregular or heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome but also hot flashes and irritability in menopause. From the emotional point of view sage essential oil is suitable to be used in case of nervous brea...
Regulating action of progesterone, helps to relieve symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause, acne caused by hormonal imbalances.
Vitex agnus-castus, also called chaste tree or vitex, is a shrub of the Verbenaceae family, its fruits are very similar to black pepper. From chaste tree a homeopathic medicine is obtained, you can find it in chemist’s or herbalist’s shops, the remedy is used to treat problems that affect the female reproductive system but, if used on men, it has anaphrodisiac effects, leading to a decrease in libido, in fact in the Middle Ages the monks used this plant in order to keep their vow of chastity. In...
Vitamins and mineral salts, source of fibers for the proper functioning of the intestine and for an action against constipation, antioxidants, phytoestrogens useful to control hot flashes and other issues related to menopause, aid for the protection of the cardiovascular system because the edamame soybeans are helpful to lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, a source of anti-inflammatory substances helpful in case of arthritis and rheumatism.
The edamame are immature soy beans in their pod. They can be eaten boiled or steamed, added to salads or soups. The edamame soybeans are an important source of proteins but also of fiber, useful for the proper functioning of the intestine, and antioxidants against aging processes. In addition to this, thanks to the presence of phytoestrogens, the isoflavones, completely vegetable substances that mimic the action of estrogens produced by the body and able to take their place, edamame are helpful ...
Melissa essential oil (Lemon balm)
Antispasmodic action, able to balance the mood and the hormonal system, useful in case of digestive problems, heavy periods or problems related to menopause, antiviral action, able to treat cold sores, headache but also insomnia, anxiety, depression or nervous breakdown.
The essential oil of melissa, common name Lemon Balm, has a powerful antiviral action together with important soothing and calming properties, for this reason it is useful in order to treat cold sores, cough, bronchitis, skin diseases or problems such as eczema or stretch marks. In addition to this, thanks to the digestive and sedative properties, this essential oil results very helpful in case of stomach spasms, indigestion, but also in case of nausea and headache or palpitations. Able to reba...
Vitamins and mineral salts, thanks to the presence of fiber regularize the intestine and bad cholesterol levels in the blood, helpful in the prevention of diabetes, important source of phytoestrogens in menopause, blood purifying action.
The peas belong to the family of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae. The peas, the edible part of the plant, are contained within a pod. The peas can be found fresh, dried or frozen and are characterized by a high content of proteins, mineral salts, such as copper, zinc, manganese, and vitamins, vitamin A, B1, important for the proper functioning of the nervous system, C, PP. These legumes are rich in fiber, are therefore important to regulate the bowel and help to control the levels of LDL cholestero...
Helpful in case of hormonal changes and symptoms related to hormonal problems such as acne, especially if localized on the chin, heir loss, oily skin, heavy periods and menstrual cramps, can give a relief in case of hot flashes related to menopause, useful in case of wounds that cannot heal easily, eczema.
Zinc is an important trace element for the body, essential for the good hormonal functioning. It is taken through food: source of zinc are seafood, mushrooms, meat, dried fruit, such as nuts and oilseeds especially sunflower and pumpkin seeds, on the contrary cereals, high intake of calcium and milk proteins hinder the absorption of zinc. Zinc results important for keratin synthesis, helps and promotes skin renovation, it stimulates also the collagen production. The most common symptoms of low z...
Calming and sedative action, antispasmodic, able to relax in case of insomnia, irritability, restlessness and anxiety, also related to menopause, colitis and gastritis, relief from painful menstruation and irritable bowel.
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...
Vitamin and mineral salts, antioxidant and anticancer properties, a protection for prostate and breast, a remedy in case of problems related to menopause, protects arteries, lowers LDL cholesterol, improves concentration, against the inflammation of the cartilages.
Pomegranate contains vitamins, such as vitamin C, K, of group B, but also potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. This fruit has remarkable antioxidant properties, it protects arteries, prevents arteriosclerosis and is helpful to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL. In addition to this properties, pomegranate improves concentration, increases mental clarity, acts as an anti-inflammatory on cartilage and, according to scientific studies, it protects the prostate and the breast with an anticancer actio...
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