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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...
Rhubarb, genus Rheum, is a perennial plant of the Polygonaceae family. Already used as a remedy in China in 2700 BC, we now know that rhubarb has purifying properties, a protective action on the liver, a digestive effect thanks to its action on the secretion of gastric juices and bile, laxative properties, it provides vitamins, including A, group B, C, E, K, J and mineral salts, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper. The stalks are used as a culinary in...
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...
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...
Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass, is a perennial herb often used as a remedy to repel mosquitoes. But with lemongrass you can also prepare infusions helpful in case of sleeplessness and difficult digestion. This plant has detoxifying and diuretic properties and it is also able to keep under control the cholesterol. The latter property has been confirmed by a study reported in the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology by a group of Brazilian researchers in 2011. In addition to thi...
Anise is a plant from the East and it includes three main varieties: the green anise, the most used for cooking or as natural remedy, in this article we’ll refer to this type, star anise and peppery anise. Anise has antispasmodic and stimulating properties for the digestive system: it is in fact a remedy used to relieve disorders related to difficult digestions such as headache or dizziness or to give relief in case of abdominal cramps and painful menstruation. In addition to this, thanks to its...
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