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Poor digestion, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Almonds, a sweet healthy snack
Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, protect digestion, counteract stomach swelling, nausea and acidity, improve rest and sleep, support the immune system, promote intestinal and microbiota health, reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and waistline, satiate and bring energy.
Almonds are the edible seeds of the almond tree, scientific name Prunus amygdalus var dulcis, native to Central Asia but nowadays widespread all over the world. With their delicate flavor, almonds are appreciated by everyone, adults and children, they can be eaten as a healthy and energetic snack, added to yogurt and sauces. So let's try to understand the properties of almonds and see some ideas to eat them in a yummy way. Almonds, properties and daily dose - Almonds contain fats, mainly unsat...
Cornmint essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, useful against rheumatic pain and stiff neck, antispasmodic and carminative, helpful in case of stomach pain, abdominal pain and poor digestion, able to soothe cough, nasal decongestant and useful to counteract irritation of the mucous membranes.
With its green and scented leaves, mint is a very popular plant, both in gardens and in vegetable gardens. But there are different types of mint. The most common is certainly peppermint, but we cannot forget spearmint and the topic of today's article, mentha arvensis. Perhaps the scientific term mentha arvensis says little, but you have surely heard of Japanese mint. In fact, Japanese mint, or mentha arvensis, is one of the mints most sought-after by experts as it has a very particular aroma and...
Basil, the seedling of health
Antispasmodic and carminative, counteracts digestive problems and swollen abdomen, strengthens memory, anticancer, insect repellent, antiviral, helps to keep blood sugar and fat under control.
Basil, Ocinum Basilicum, is an aromatic plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family that includes also lavender, oregano and mint. Basil is easily grown in pots and makes a fine show in gardens, vegetable gardens and balconies. The scent of basil calms and drives away insects but also its leaves, if added to dishes, are really interesting thanks to their properties for health. So let's try to understand the properties of basil and how to use it in the kitchen. Basil, properties - Basil provides...
Lemon balm, infusion, decoction and baths, against anxiety, insomnia and cramps
Lemon balm is analgesic, sedative, calming and digestive, it helps in case of abdominal pain, stomach ache and painful menstruation, reduces cough and is beneficial in case of headache.
Lemon balm, scientific name melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, the same as mint, oregano, sage and rosemary, to give some examples. With its leaves characterized by a lemon aroma, lemon balm is a wonderful choice for the gardens or the balconies where it can be grown. The lemon balm leaves can be used to prepare infusions and decoctions after a drying process. Alternatively, you can easily buy, even online, dried lemon balm leaves ready to be infused. But let's see the prop...
Protective action on the stomach and gut, helpful in case of ulcer, inflammation of the gastric mucosa, poor digestion and sour stomach, contributes to lower cholesterol and protects the liver.
Mastika is a vegetable resin obtained from lentisk trees, scientific name Pistacia lentiscus (L.) var. chia. The latex that comes out from the trunks of these plants solidifies in contact with air becoming a hard resin with a drop shape that is often called the tears of Chios, from the name of the Greek island where the lentisks are cultivated from which the Mastika is extracted. Herodotus, the Greek historian lived in the 5th century BC, Galen and Dioscorides, two physicians of antiquity, spoke...
Natural remedies for poor digestion, how to survive the holidays
Artichoke herbal tea, coriander and cardamom seeds, chamomile and nettle tea, here are some quick remedies to help digestion.
Sense of fullness, stomach cramps and nausea can be the unpleasant consequences of Christmas’s and New Year’s day dinners and lunches, sometimes too abundant and rich in fatty foods. Fortunately, we can count on good natural remedies to deal with these symptoms. The plants that are the most beneficial and able to improve and support digestion essentially belong to three groups, bitter plants, such as artichoke and dandelion, aromatic plants, for example chamomile, mint, coriander or cardamom, an...
Synergistic action of the herbs that make this mixture, useful in case of digestive problems, weak immune system, fatigue, diabetes.
Mu tea is not a particular type of tea but a mixture of herbs and roots able to tone the body, to stimulate the immune system and digestion, to protect the liver and the kidneys, to counteract water retention, fever, hemorrhoids and acne. This blend was formulated in the 50s by the Japanese Georges Ohsawa, considered the father of macrobiotics, and includes from 9 to 16 ingredients. Each ingredient of this special tea brings important healthy properties for different problems and all act in syne...
Antispasmodic and soothing action, useful in case of irritated cough, muscle cramps, painful menstruation, colitis, headache and poor digestion.
The peony, scientific name peonia officinalis, of the Peoniaceae family, is a plant that is characterized by large flowers and bright colors. The peony is also called the queen of the flowers of the Celestial Empire since, it is said, the Chinese emperor loved this plant and considered it a symbol of nobility. But the fame of the peony is also intertwined with Greek mythology. In fact, according to the legend, Peone, from which the name peony would derive, healed Pluto, wounded by Hercules, prec...
Kombucha, the immortal health elixir
Vitamins and mineral salts, digestive action, protective on the microbiota, detox and antioxidant, able to stimulate the immune system, antifungal properties able to counteract the bacteria of Candida.
Kombucha is a fermented and sweetened tea of ancient tradition, consider that the first signs of this drink date back to Chinese dynasty Qin in around 250 B.C.. For Chinese people kombucha was and is the true health elixir, they call it indeed the immortal health elixir, considered able to balance and protect the digestive processes. From China the fame of this drink has grown all over the world and even science is focusing its attention on its healthy properties. Kombucha, what is and propert...
Stinging nettle, the herbal tea for health and beauty
Detox and anti inflammatory action, antibacterial and digestive properties, useful in case of gout, rheumatism, retention, kidney stones, acne, eczema, wounds, benign prostatic hypertrophy but also bleedings, hypoglycemic properties, source of vitamin C.
Stinging nettle, scientific name urtica dioica, is a plant belonging to the Urtica genus well known for its action that causes stinging and itching on the skin. The leaves, indeed, are covered by hair that, when breaks, releases a substance that causes the rash. However, it is in fact this substance that makes the nettle so healthy. Stinging nettle is indeed a valuable natural remedy, known and appreciated for centuries for both the wellbeing of the body and the beauty of skin and hair. Stingi...
Blood orange essential oil
Calming and relaxing action, useful to counteract acne and oily hair, digestive and carminative action.
Blood orange, scientific name Citrus sinensis, belongs to the family of Rutaceae. From the peel of the fruit an essential oil is extracted with calming and digestive properties and also able to treat skin problems such as acne. Since this essence is photosensitizing avoid, after its application, sun or sunlamps exposure. Let’s see the possible uses. Anxiety, bad mood, nervousness – Scientific studies (Rashidi-Fakari et al, Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res, Nov 2015) have demonstrated that inhaling th...
Relaxing, soothing, diuretic, digestive and antiseptic action, in the form of infusions, decoctions or bath useful in the case of migraines, depression, meteorism, insomnia, nervousness, anger, rheumatism, burns and acne, the scent helps to keep away moths and mosquitoes.
Lavender, scientific name Lavandula officinalis, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family. It is characterized by a blue-violet inflorescence organized in spikes and by an intense aroma that makes lavender a nice ornamental plant for gardens and balconies. But lavender also has an interesting healthy action. In fact, lavender shows a diuretic, antiseptic, fluidifying, digestive but also calming action recognized by tradition but also proven by scientific studies. Lavender can be used to prepar...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 2
Ginger can be consumed naturally, in herbal tea or in the form of candied fruit or it can also be associated with turmeric to increase its anti-inflammatory properties.
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...
Artichoke, herbal remedy
Mother tincture able to protect the liver, to lower the blood sugar levels, triglycerides and cholesterol, helps the liver regenerate and rebalances the values of transaminases if altered, useful in case of poor digestion, diabetes cellulite.
Cynara scolymus is the scientific name of the artichoke, the vegetable that we use for cooking. The artichoke belongs to the Composite family and it isn’t just a yummy ingredient but it may become also a herbal remedy. From its leaves, indeed, a mother tincture is obtained rich in phenol compounds such as cynarin, cinaropicrin and caffeic acid. Thanks to these substances the remedy has antioxidant and diuretic properties and is able to protect the liver and the cardiovascular system (Kurt et al,...
Macerated preparation of several medicinal plants, useful in case of skin problems, from wounds to pimples, scars or blisters, helpful to treat stomach pain and poor digestion, rheumatism, gout, cold sores and sore throat, sinusitis, headache and tired eyes.
The Swedish bitter is a preparation obtained by maceration of various medicinal herbs and characterized by several and interesting properties and applications. Its formulation is attributed to Paracelsus, a Swiss doctor, alchemist and astrologer of the sixteenth century who called this powerful and, for that time, truly portentous product, Elixir Ad Longam Vitam, or elixir for a long life. Nowadays we know this natural remedy thanks to the well-known Austrian herbalist Maria Treben who, in her f...
Food combinations Part 5, the best ways to eat artichokes
Raw artichokes, cooked in oil or boiled, prepared with ginger or garlic, every preparation has its properties in order to help the liver, to counteract poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety or anemia.
The artichoke is the flower bud of the plant Cynara scolymus. The artichoke is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, cynarine, an alkaloid able to protect the liver and to lower the cholesterol, inulin, a prebiotic that protects and stimulates the bacterial flora of the gut, antioxidants such as tannins (Rondanelli et al, Monladi Arch Chest Dis, Mar 2013 – Lopez-Molina et al, Phytochemistry, Jun 2005). However, the properties of the artichoke depend on the ways of cooking and on the foods served t...
Stemless carline thistle
Digestive and draining action, against cellulitis, water retention and poor digestion, helps the liver, for external use helps the healing process of wounds, blisters, acne and eczema.
Stemless carline thistle, also known as dwarf carline thistle, scientific name carlina acaulis, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. This remedy has tonic, draining, digestive and diuretic properties and therefore helps to counteract cellulite, improves digestion and supports the work of the liver. You can prepare a decoction in this way, bring to a boil a cup of water together with a tablespoon of carlina roots, let it simmer for a couple of minutes, filter and let it cool down, then drink a cu...
Anti-inflammatory, digestive, draining, detoxifying and re-mineralizing properties.
Dressing salad, legumes or cooked vegetables with vinegar to make each dish tastier is often an automatic gesture. But vinegar is not just a condiment that gives character to different recipes, it also has interesting healthy properties that depends on the type of vinegar. Yes, because there is not only wine or apple cider vinegar, but also berry fruit, honey, rice, coconut or raspberry vinegar. The raspberry vinegar is obtained from the fermentation of raspberries and is characterized by import...
Stimulating effect on cats, mosquito repellent, sedative and antispasmodic action on humans, useful in case of digestive problems, acidity, abdominal cramps but also muscle or back pain, insomnia.
Catnip, also known as catmint or catswort, scientific name Nepeta cataria, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Catswort has benefits on cats, for these pets in fact it acts as a neuro-active agent, but has also benefits for humans. First at all, it acts as an anti-mosquito repellent. According to a study perfomed by the University of Iowa and presented a few years ago at the meeting of the American Chermical Society, nepetalactone, the essential oil of catswort also responsib...
Digestive and tonic properties, improves digestion, useful in cases of loss of appetite, bad breath and meteorism, protects and cleanses the liver, for external applications it has a healing and soothing action, against skin spots.
Common centaury, scientific name Centaurium erythraea, is a plant belonging to the Genzianaceae family. Its name comes from the centaur Chiron, a figure of Greek mythology skilled in medicinal herbs. According to myth, Chiron used the Centaurea to treat a wound caused by a poisoned arrow shot by Hercules. Beyond the myth, the Centaurea is characterized by interesting health and beneficial properties for digestion but also for the skin. For internal use, the remedy can be used as an infusion or m...
Dandelion, herbal medicine
Protective effect on the liver, helps in case of poor digestion, useful to counteract acne caused by bad work of the liver, hypoglycemic, purifying and diuretic properties, against water retention, cellulite, constipation, high cholesterol and rheumatism.
Dandelion, or common dandelion, scientific name Taraxacum officinale, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. It is widespread in gardens and meadows and is characterized by elongated leaves with a toothed margin and by a beautiful yellow flower that matures into spherical seed heads called blowballs or clocks, consisting of single-seeded fruits attached to a pappus of fine hairs that are carried by the wind and make possible to disperse easily the seeds of the plant. The dandelion is a very intere...
Baking soda, to drink
Emergency remedy against stomach acid and cystitis, purifies the liver and helps remove toxins, should not be used for more than two weeks.
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is a salt that occurs in nature usually dissolved in surface and underground waters. It can be used to counteract the gastric acidity, the burning sensation that may happen after very heavy meals or due to an excess of coffee or alcohol, stress and bad habits such as eating fast. The baking soda has in fact an alkalizing effect able to counteract the acidity and, in addition to this, it acts also very quickly but it has contraindications, as it ...
Pineapple, herbal medicine
In the form of dry extract or mother tincture, draining and anti-inflammatory action useful to counteract cellulite, inflammations, painful joints, digestive problems, overweight and obesity.
From the fruit of the pineapple, scientific name Ananassa sativa of the Bromeliaceae family, we obtain a herbal remedy in the form of mother tincture. This mother tincture is characterized by a draining action, is able to stimulate the metabolism and has digestive and remineralizing properties thanks to the presence of mineral salts such as manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and iodine. In addition to this, bromelain, especially present in the pineapple stem, has also an ...
Vitamins and mineral salts, source of folates, antioxidants and fibers, useful to keep under control the blood sugar and cholesterol levels, against constipation and hemorrhoids, able to promote digestion, low calorie food, useful against cystitis and water retention, for external applications in order to treat acne, pimples and sunburns.
Swiss chard, also known as mangold or silverbeet, scientific name Beta vulgaris, is a green leafy vegetable belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family that includes also the beetroot. Swiss chards are characterized by large green leaves, are rich in folates but contain also water, that makes the chard a diuretic vegetable useful to counteract water retention and cystitis. In addition to this, mangold is a source of mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, selenium and iron and ...
Hyssop essential oil
Balsamic, expectorant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action, helpful to counteract problems related to cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis, remedy in case of cold sores, useful to improve digestion and to counteract stress, tiredness and poor digestion.
Hyssopus officinalis, also known as hyssop, is a plant that belongs to the Labiate family. From hyssop an essential oil with balsamic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and tonic properties is obtained, able to treat problems of the airways but also to improve the digestive processes, to protect the skin, to balance blood pressure and the mood. However, this essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, in small children or if you suffer from epilepsy and convulsions. Let’s see ...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, able to counteract the formation of intestinal gases, stimulated the production of gastric juices, painkilling effect, soothes abdominal pain, spasms, arthritis and rheumatism, calming action.
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...
Coriander essential oil
Antibacterial action demonstrated by scientific studies, useful after a long illnesses, able to regenerate and tone the body, improves blood circulation, helpful in case of problems of stomach, abdominal cramps, poor digestion, fermentations, but acts also in case of rheumatism, muscle pain and joint pain.
Coriander, Coriandrum sativum, also known as Chinese parsley, is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. From the fruits of the plant, through steam distillation, an essential oil with interesting healthy properties is obtained, however, this essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in small children. Useful to bring relief in case of problems of stomach and intestine, it is antibacterial according to scientific studies (Silva et al, Journal of Medical Microbiology,...
Nutmeg essential oil
Anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties, soothes joint pain and relaxes the muscles, can be used against back pain, useful to treat poor digestion, flatulence, trapped wind and abdominal cramp, able to regulate the sebum production and for this reason it is useful in case of oily hair and scalp, against apathy, tonic for the nervous system and concentration.
Myristica fragrans is a tree native to the Indonesian Moluccas from which a very scented spice is obtained, the nutmeg, that is the seed of the plant. The essential oil is made from the nutmeg through steam distillation, it is anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, it is helpful for the health of the gastrointestinal tract and acts as a tonic and stimulant for the nervous system and the brain activity, it improves concentration and counteracts asthenia. Nutmeg essential oil is strong and it is contr...
Purifying, diuretic, digestive and laxative action.
The cardoon, or wild artichoke, scientific name Cynara Cardunculus, is a plant of the Asteraceae family, close relative of the artichoke. Typical winter vegetable the cardoon should be eaten cooked due to its very fibrous consistency, it has few calories, 17Kcal for 100 grams, and, as for the cooking preparations, its stems are used, that can reach also remarkable lengths, from 60 to 150 cm. As said, cardoons are very rich in fiber, that helps cleanse the intestine and fight constipation. These ...
Antispasmodic, sedative, expectorant and mucus-thinning properties, useful against bronchitis and cough, helpful to treat digestive problems and lack of appetite, action against cellulite, can help regulate the heart rhythm in case of extra systoles.
The white horehound, scientific name Marrubium vulgare, is a medicinal plant of the Labiate or Lamiaceae family. The remedy was already known to the ancient Egyptians, who used it to treat respiratory affections. Nowadays it is possible to take the mother tincture or to prepare an herbal tea with the horehound and take benefit from its tonic, expectorant, mucus-thinning, antispasmodic, digestive and antiarrhythmic action. Horehound is therefore useful in case of bronchitis, acute and chronic, an...
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