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Phlegm, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Ivy, to clear the respiratory tract and counter cough, bronchitis and colds
Anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antibacterial, antispasmodic and bronchodilator properties, useful against cough, cold, bronchitis but also asthma, sore throat and flu symptoms.
Legend has it that an ivy plant enveloped the body of the child Dionysus to protect him from the flames generated by a lightning bolt from Zeus. And this is why an ivy branch is always depicted around the head of the god of wine and grapes. Over the centuries, however, the sacred value of the plant has been somewhat lost, considering it almost a weed or a plant with a mere decorative purpose. Instead, ivy leaves are a concentrate of substances useful for health, especially in this period when it...
Red rose, the queen of flowers
Tonic for digestion, stimulates liver purification, modulates the immune system especially as regards the airways, counteracts phlegm, cough, sore throat and cold, soothes burnt and chapped skin, counteracts wrinkles, acne and blackheads but it is also an ally for the health of the eyes, both when they appear swollen and when they are tired, irritated and red. The rose also improves mood, calms the nervous system and is a tonic for the whole organism.
It is said that when the archaeologist Howard Carter entered Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time in 1922, there was a scent of flowers in the air. And, from what is said, it seems that the thing that released this perfume was a bouquet of red roses, which Carter found on the pharaoh's sarcophagus, probably the last gift from his wife. Roses have always been a symbol of beauty and love, they are the sacred flowers of Aphrodite who gave them the wonderful red color by running once in a field of ...
Gentian, the root that protects the stomach
Gastroprotective and hepatoprotective, useful in case of aerophagia, stomach pain, cramps, difficult digestion and nausea, thanks to the anti-inflammatory and mucolytic action also useful in case of sinusitis and respiratory tract diseases.
Legend has it that the king of Illyria Genzio, who also gave the plant its name, first understood the properties of gentian root in the second century BC and gave it to his people to fight the plague. In the year 1000 a pestilence struck the Hungarian people. According to the tradition, also in this case the gentian came to the aid. One night, in fact, King Ladislao had a dream in which he was asked to shoot an arrow into the sky that, falling to the ground, would show him the most appropriate r...
Mallow, the plant that cures all ailments
Powerful anti-inflammatory action useful to counter gastritis and cystitis, counteracts gastric ulcers, helps in case of cough, hoarseness, sore throat and inflammation of the oral cavity, excellent cleanser of acne-prone and impure skin, counteracts skin spots, psoriasis and couperose.
The Greek poet Hesiod laughed, in one of his poems, at those who did not know the properties of the plant, compared to real treasures. Orazio used to say that he ate only this plant, olives and chicory and Charles the Great ordered its cultivation in all the imperial gardens. We are talking about common mallow, a plant whose properties have been known since ancient times, so much that in the sixteenth century the doctors declared that anyone who drank a mallow tea for that day would chase away a...
Ancient knowledge and medicinal herbs Part 1, eucalyptus
Antispasmodic, soothing, antibacterial and antiviral, stimulates the immune system, useful against asthma, cough, phlegm, cold, sinusitis and bronchitis, for the skin it fights acne and regulates the production of sebum.
Nineteenth century, Rome, malaria raged in and around the city due to the marshy grounds on which the city itself stood. But at a certain point something happened, some monks who had settled in the abbey Le Tre Fontane, in Rome, began to work the hectares of land around the abbey and planted eucalyptus trees. These trees grew strong and soon the health of the monks improved day by day. Immediately it was thought that the reason was the healthy power of eucalyptus, even capable of absorbing the s...
Eucalyptus, mother tincture
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and balsamic action on the airways, useful in cases of cough, phlegm, asthma, sinusitis and sore throat, it also acts by reducing blood sugar.
Eucalyptus, scientific name Eucalyptus globulus, is an evergreen medicinal plant of the Myrtaceae family. Eucalyptus is widely used in herbal medicine in the form of infusion, decoction, essential oil or mother tincture. Today, we will talk about the mother tincture obtained from eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus mother tincture, properties - This natural remedy has a balsamic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and mucus thinning effect and regulates mucus production mainly thanks to the action of ...
Useful against nausea, sour stomach, poor digestion, high levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, cough, characterized by antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, protects the liver, joints and brain.
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...
Plant that gives strength and energy, stimulating action on the immune system, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibacterial properties, useful in case of cough and phlegm.
Wintersweet, scientific name Chimonanthus praecox, is a plant native to China. The shrub is very resistant to cold and is characterized by yellow, very scented flowers that bloom in the middle of winter until march and appear as a prelude to spring. It is precisely for this reason that the name of wintersweet is chimonantus, from the Greek cheimon winter and anthos flower, the winter flower. However, the wintersweet does not only have a beautiful ornamental role, but it also has interesting heal...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Second Part
Not only raw onion, also the onion in the oven has interesting diuretic, expectorant and anti-aging properties especially if combined with parsley, avocado or a fruit rich in vitamin C, a very healthy food combination is onion with legumes or cereals.
The onion, family of the Liliaceae, is eaten and appreciated both for its taste, sweet and strong at the same time, and for its beneficial properties for millennia. As often happens with traditional foods, remedies and herbal teas, also in case of onion the scientific studies are now confirming its healthy action. Nowadays, we know that eating onions can be really useful thanks to its antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, slimming, hypoglycemi...
Useful in case of cough, both dry and with phlegm, bronchitis, asthma, inflamed throat.
Grindelia, also known as gumweed, scientific name Grindelia robusta, is a plant native to California and Mexico belonging to the Asteraceae family, just like chamomile, marigold or arnica. Grindelia is a remedy with proven anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, moreover, it is also expectorant and anti-asthmatic thanks to particular antioxidant and protective substances, saponins and flavonoids, contained in the resin that covers the flowerheads of grindelia. From these flowerheads it i...
Cypress, mother tincture and extract
Mother tincture in case of colds, flu, phlegm and cough while fluid extract for water retention and venous insufficiency.
The cypress, scientific name cupressus, is a plant of the family Cupressaceae characterized by the typical candle-like and tapered shape. But the cypress is not just a beautiful ornamental tree, it has also important healthy properties. In a previous post we have already seen its use in the form of decoction, now we focus the attention on two preparations that you can easily find in herbalist’s or chemist’s shops, the fluid extract and the mother tincture. The fluid extract, obtained from the be...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibacterial action, useful to protect bronchial and lungs from the first cold and temperature changes, useful in case of cough or inflammation of the throat.
The pulmonaria, also called lungwort, scientific name Pulmonaria officinalis, is a plant of the Boraginaceae family used for centuries as a remedy to counteract coughs and bronchitis thanks to its expectorant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on the bronchi and the lungs. Scientists are also focusing their attention on pulmonaria in order to check its real properties. Based on analyzes carried out on the plant, it has been found that the pulmonaria contains rosmarinic acid, with a powe...
Antiseptic action, soothing and expectorant properties, able to strengthen the immune system, prebiotic.
Clover or trefoil is an herbaceous plant belonging to the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family and owes its name to the fact that it is characterized by three leaflets. From the clover you get a special honey, which is very light in color and has a delicate flavor. The clover honey is energizing, prebiotic with a beneficial effect on the bacteria of the gut, but it is also able to strengthen and stimulate the immune system. Together with manuka honey, the clover honey is able indeed to counteract in v...
Vitamins and mineral salts, powerful antioxidant and anticancer action, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, useful to keep blood pressure under control, protective action on the bronchi and gastric mucosa.
Blackberries are the fruits of a plant, scientific name Rubus ulmifolius, belonging to the Rosaceae family. Blackberries have interesting healthy properties and, based on data reported in the database edited by the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America, these fruits are rich in vitamin C (21 mg per 100 grams of blackberries), important to support the immune system, to fight free radicals, to absorb iron and to regenerate the skin, K (almost 20 micrograms per 100 g, about a th...
Mucolytic and expectorant action, remedy in case of allergy with sinusitis, stuffy nose, sensation of phlegm stuck in the throat, cough, it has also purifying and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hildegard of Bingen was a German religious and naturalist who lived in the twelfth century. She was a very eclectic character, in fact she dedicated herself to the study of herbs to treat the human body but she wrote also several treatises on medicine, botany but also philosophy and cosmology. Among all the home remedies that Saint Hildegard proposed we can find the elixir of violet. This drink, which takes its name from one of its ingredients, is prepared from flowers and leaves of violet (Viol...
Against mucus, calms cough, useful in case of sore throat, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, hoarseness and aphonia, protects the liver, helps in case of gout and hyperuricemia.
The black-berried honeysuckle, scientific name Lonicera nigra, belongs to the family of the Caprifogliaceae. It looks like a bushy shrub and from its young shoots a glycerin macerate with interesting healthy properties is obtained. The remedy has indeed an anti-catarrhal and mucus-thinning action, calms the cough and protects the liver. For this reason you can use this glycerin macerate to treat coughs and bronchitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis, aphonia and hoarseness. The glycerin mac...
Anti-inflammatory, balsamic and expectorant action, counteracts cough, phlegm and chronic bronchitis, helpful in case of infections of the urinary tract, beneficial action on the circulation, useful in case of arterial insufficiency and arteriopathy of the lower limbs.
The black poplar, or populus nigra, is a tree belonging to the family of Salicaceae that includes also willow, is native to southern and central Europe and some Asian regions and can be even 30 meters high. The buds of the black poplar, harvested at the beginning of the spring, are used to obtain the glycerin macerate of the plant. This remedy is used to fight respiratory infections such as chronic bronchitis, it has balsamic and expectorant properties. In addition to this, the glycerin macerate...
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