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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...
Indian chai tea is not just a modern trend but it is a healthy aromatic drink with a very ancient tradition, dating back more than 5000 years ago. This tea is made with black tea, milk and a mixture of spices, including ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon, which make it a digestive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant drink, able to stimulate the metabolism. Properties - Scientific studies (Azimi et al, Rev Diabet Stud, Feb 2015) have shown that a drink prepared with black tea and 3 grams of s...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 2
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a root with important beneficial properties. It is in fact anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and digestive, protects the heart and the immune system. But how can ginger be taken to maximize these properties? In today's post we see the most important food combinations and healthy preparations with ginger. Fresh, candied or herbal tea - Natural or candied ginger is an excellent ally against nausea. Moreover, if grated fresh on foods, such as fish, veg...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 1
Ginger is a plant, scientific name Zingiber officinale family of Zinziberaceae, whose rhizome, also called root, is used to cook, thanks to its fresh aroma, and to prepare herbal remedies. Ginger is rich indeed in active substances, such as zingiberene, gingerol and shogaol, resins and mucilage. Thanks to these characteristics, ginger shows anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. In addition, ginger is also able to keep at bay blood sugar, triglycerides and chol...
Lemon balm, mother tincture
Lemon balm, also known as balm, common balm or balm mint, scientific name Melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the leaves of lemon balm a mother tincture is obtained characterized by a sedative, anxiolytic and antispasmodic action (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014), therefore useful in case of anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and before exams at school or university or important tests at work. This remedy may be able, indeed, to mitigate the performance anxiety that thes...
Butter is a largely debated topic, some people use it everywhere, also to prepare a simple tomato sauce, and some people avoid it because they consider butter a junk food. The truth, actually, is in the middle. Butter is derived from milk and is presented as a stick of a light yellow color. And here is the first problem, the good and high quality butter is that produced from milk cream through churning, it tends to easily go rancid but its fats are only unsaturated fats, also called good fats (F...
The Kola nut is the fruit of several species of plants belonging to the genus Cola but it is also the ingredient of a famous drink known all over the world, the cola, although nowadays can be replaced by artificial flavors. The Kola nut is characterized by interesting properties, is indeed rich in tannins, caffeine and theobromine, substances that are released gradually and that are able to stimulate the nervous system, improve blood flow but also boost the metabolism. Therefore, the kola nut pr...
Iceland moss, scientific name of Cetraria Island, is a plant belonging to the Cetrariacee-Parmeliaceae family with tonic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antacid, antiemetic, fluidizing and antispasmodic properties. As a remedy can be used both internally and externally. Internally, it can be useful in case of nausea, vomiting even during pregnancy, but in this case it is always better to ask your doctor for advice, car or sea sickness, digestive problems. Iceland moss is also used to treat coughs th...
as Herbal tea - Prepare a herbal tea with peppermint or pennyroyal. Take two tablespoons of fresh leaves in one liter of boiling water. Infuse for 5 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day. You can also use dried mint leaves. Long-term use or too high quantity can be related to insomnia. Essential oil – in case of headache apply some drops of peppermint in the temples and massage. Peppermint essential oils has also a decongestant action, for this reason, if you have a cold or stuffy...
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