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Food combinations and cooking methods, corn polenta
Polenta is a dish prepared by stirring a mixture of water and cornmeal over a low heat. Considered for long a food of the poor kitchen, nowadays even science has been interested in its properties by studying its benefits thanks to the interesting characteristics of the cereal from which it is obtained, the corn. In fact, corn contains carbohydrates, polyunsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids, vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant, but also carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, whose qu...
Shorea robusta is a tree of the Dipterocarpaceae family, also known as sal it is native to the Indian subcontinent. From its seeds a butter is extracted, the sal butter in fact, largely known in cosmetics as a stable ingredient, which does not go rancid easily and with emollient and antioxidant properties. But let's better understand the characteristics of sal butter, what this butter can do for our beauty and the possible applications. Sal butter, composition and properties - Sal butter bring...
Blackcurrant seed oil, an exceptional oil for the beauty of the skin
From the cold pressing of the seeds of the black currant, scientific name Ribes nigrum, an oil is extracted characterized by exceptional properties. Blackcurrant oil, properties and topical use - Black currant oil is particularly rich in both omega 6 fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, present in a percentage of 47%, and gamma linolenic, 12%, and omega 3, such as alpha linolenic acid, 14%. Not only that, this oil also contains vitamin C and antioxidant substances, such as anthocyanins and flav...
Food combinations and cooking methods, the pumpkin Part 2
Pumpkin is a powerful source of vitamins, especially A, important for the health of the immune system, skin and eyesight, E, which fights aging processes, K, which is essential to allow blood to clot properly, and group B, mineral salts, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, which, together, show a calming and sedative action, and zinc, useful for the skin, especially in case of acne, wounds and infections. Finally, the pumpkin brings precious antioxidants such as beta-carotene (USDA Databas...
Colloidal oatmeal, a cuddle of beauty
Oats, scientific name avena sativa, are a very special cereal grain, rich in fiber, vitamins, especially E and group B, proteins, fats and minerals. From oats a flour is obtained that is not only used for cooking but also boasts a long tradition as a natural cosmetic helpful to treat some skin disorders thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Colloidal oatmeal is a type of oat flour that is obtained by finely grinding the oats. The ready-to-use product has become available si...
Acmella, the natural botox
Acmella oleracea, also known as Spilanthes acmella, family of Asteraceae, is a plant native to the Brazilian forest that is attracting much interest in the field of cosmetics. In fact, acmella is considered a natural botox and is increasingly used in anti-wrinkle creams. But let's understand better. Acmella, anti wrinkle remedy - The acmella extract contains an active ingredient, called spilanthol, able to act on wrinkles, both the expression lines and the deepest wrinkles. In fact, this subst...
In the local language cupuacu means fruit of the gods and, given the incredible beauty properties of its butter, also demonstrated by science, this name is not exaggerated! Cupuacu, scientific name Theobroma grandiflorum, is a tree related to cocoa and native to the tropical rain forests. Through cold pressing of its fruits a butter, precisely the cupuacu butter, is obtained, which is one of the new ingredients used in the cosmetic field for the beauty of skin and hair. Cupuacu butter, propert...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 12, the gold of the Maya
Not a real precious metal but certainly gold for the skin, we talk about the Mimosa tenuiflora, or skin tree or Tepezcohuite, an evergreen plant belonging to the Fabaceae family, native to Central and South America and known as a source of beauty since the times of the ancient Maya. Mimosa tenuiflora, properties for health and beauty, what science says - In fact, in the bark of this tree there are active ingredients useful to treat skin lesions and with a high healing power. But it is not just...
Slow Cosmetique, soapwort, the natural soap that respects the skin
Cleaning the hands, the face, the body and the hair are gestures that belong to our skincare routine. For this reason, it is important to be aware of the products we are using, to know what that soap with a wonderful fragrance contains or to understand the ingredients of the shampoo that makes a lot of foam. It often happens, indeed, that the detergent products may be too aggressive on our skin since they include in their formula strong surfactants, able to irritate the skin and remove the natur...
Slow Cosmetique, capillary bath for healthy and glossy hair
The capillary bath is a treatment for the scalp that results beneficial in case of dandruff, itching, psoriasis, dermatitis but also brittle and dry hair. The treatment consists in an application of a plant based oil, that may be mixed with essential oils, on the scalp. This lotion is massaged and then left on for a while, finally it is washed away with the shampoo. Let’s see how to take care of our hair in a natural way and with just a few ingredients, according to the tips of Slow Cosmetique, ...
Turmeric oil, the amazing oil for beauty and health
Turmeric, scientific name Curcuma longa, is a plant native to Asia. Its orange root is characterized by amazing healthy properties and can be found as a powder or whole root. Thanks to an active substance, the curcumin, the spice shows antimicrobial properties, thus resulting useful to counteract virus and bacteria, and an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant and anticancer action. In addition to this, turmeric is also able to protect the brain from degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer...
Beauty cosmetics? Now they are supplements, Part 3 coenzyme Q 10
Beauty cosmetics may be applied as a creams or serums or can be taken by mouth in the form of supplements that give to the body precious substances beneficial to counteract from the inside aging, dull skin and wrinkles. Science is dedicating much attention to test the effects of the supplements on the skin and a research, released just a few months ago (Vollmer et al, Int J Mol Sci, Oct 2018), analyzed the state of the art of such studies that can be considered really promising. Today we’ll see ...
Yellow dock, also known as curly dock, scientific name Rumex crispus, is a plant of the Polygonaceae family. The extract obtained from the roots of this plant is a remedy with purifying and diuretic properties, it stimulates the activity of the liver, is laxative, thus helping in case of constipation, and is useful in case of anemia as it provides iron. Moreover, rumex extract is characterized by a well demonstrated antioxidant effect, therefore useful to counteract oxidative stress and the dama...
Moringa oleifera is a plant of the Moringaceae family native to the Himalayan mountains of India. Rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants, the moringa is also called the tree of life. From its seeds you get also an oil, known as the pearl of India, used and appreciated in cosmetics thanks to its incredible properties that make it a product suitable for all skin types. Moringa oil has in fact anti-age properties, contains up to 46 types of antioxidants, essential fatty acids including ol...
Rye, herbal remedy
Secale cereale, or rye, is not only an ingredient for a very tasty and healthy bread, but it is the basis of different herbal preparations, such as the glycerin macerate obtained from the young roots of the cereal. This remedy is particularly indicated to treat problems of the liver, such as hepatitis but it can also be used during the period that follows hepatitis with elevated transaminases, or in case of jaundice or cirrhosis. In fact, rye glycerin macerate is hepatoprotective and helps the l...
Cedar of Lebanon
The cedrus libani, or cedar of Lebanon, is an evergreen conifer belonging to the Pinaceae family whose fame is of very ancient origin so much that, with its wood, the Phoenician ships were built and, according to the Old Testament, cedar timber was used to build the columns of the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Symbol of strength and majesty, this plant has also an importance as a herbal remedy. In fact from its buds a glycerin macerate with an antiseptic and regenerating action on the tissues ...
Aleppo soap is a plant based soap obtained from the olive oil and a variable amount from 4 to 50% of laurel oil, that is extracted from the berries of the female plant of laurel tree. The more laurel oil the finest the soap. Aleppo soap has an ancient origin, the first archeological references of it date back indeed to 2500 B.C., made for the first time in the city of Aleppo, Syria, nowadays it can be easily found in specialized shops or perfumeries, both in the solid or liquid form. The soap ha...
Hemp oil, or hempseed oil, is extracted through cold pressing from the seeds of Cannabis sativa, can be easily found in supermarkets or specialized shops in every Country and is well appreciated for its healthy properties. This plant based oil, indeed, is rich in essential fatty acids and characterized by antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp oil contains fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 in the right proportion 3-1 and, for this reason, it can be inserted in the diet of those people ...
Black cumin seed oil
Black cumin, scientific name Nigella sativa, is an Asian plant belonging to the Ranuncolaceae family. From black cumin seeds through cold pressing an oil with interesting anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming and regenerating properties is obtained. Known since ancient times, in fact a small bottle of black cumin seed oil was found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamon, this oil can be used for cooking as well as a cosmetic remedy. Black cumin seed oil helps treat cough, bronchitis, allergic rhiniti...
Jojoba, scientific name Simmondsia chinensis, is a bush native to the desert areas of California and Mexico. From the squeezing of its seeds a wax, that is liquid at room temperature, can be extracted, this is the so called jojoba oil with emollient, antifungal and anti-wrinkle properties. This type of vegetable oil is not used in cooking or as a food, since it is not digestible, but it is instead used in cosmetics, in fact, because of its beneficial properties, it can be applied externally to t...
Sulfur is a chemical element with important beneficial properties. This mineral was already known in ancient times as a method to purify the environments. It is the sulfur that Ulysses, in the Odyssey of Homer, uses to purify the house before he meets Penelope after the massacre of the suitors. Today we know that sulfur has an energetic action since it has a role in converting carbohydrates into energy, but it has also a detoxifying action by promoting the elimination of toxins that accumulate i...
Rooibos is a member of the Fabaceae family and comes from South Africa. The leaves of this plant are used to prepare an herbal tea, called rooibos or redbush tea, with important healthy properties for the body. Rooibos doesn’t contain caffeine, for this reason you can drink it also in the evening, it is rich in mineral salts, such as magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and calcium, vitamin C and polyphenol. Rooibos is also able to lower cholesterol, promotes calm and sleep and can be drunk by ch...
Hypericum perforatum, known also as St. John's wort, is an herb that can be found wild in the fields and woods. It has a powerful sedative and antidepressant action, according to scientific studies such as that published in 1996 on the prestigious magazine British Medical Journal with the result that the St. John's wort has an higher effect in case of an average type depression with respect to placebo. St. John's wort is also a good remedy for insomnia, anxiety, nervous breakdown or mood swings ...
Helycrisum has antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and expectorant properties. It can be used in order to treat all the issues related to the respiratory tract. Helycrisum helps to get rid of catarrh, treats cough and the inflammations in the nasal mucosa. Helycrisum is also a remedy in case of trauma or skin issues such as cold sore (herpes simplex), psoriasis, sunburns and irritations. Herbal tea – In case of cough, bronchitis, catarrh, asthma prepare a herbal tea with a tablespo...
Dead Sea salt
The Dead Sea salt can be found in all chemist’s and herbalist’s shops. Prefer the coarse Dead Sea salt in its simplest form without the addition of fragrance or other elements. Dissolve one tablespoon of salt in a basin of water at the temperature of 37-38°C. Soak the part, the could be the face in case of acne or eczema, or the joint in case of joint pain and arthritis. Useful also in case of psoriasis, in this case our advice is to fill a bathtub with water at the temperature 37-38°C and dis...
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