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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...
Winter savory essential oil
Antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal, useful in case of candida but also acne, blackheads and canker sores, analgesic and anti-inflammatory action, helps to counteract muscle pain and rheumatism, antispasmodic, counteracts cough and stomach pain.
Winter savory, scientific name satureja montana, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the steam distillation of the herb an essential oil with interesting properties is obtained. So let's see the uses and applications of winter savory essential oil. However, this essential oil should not be used in pregnancy and on children. Essential oil of winter savory, properties - Essential oil of winter savory is rich in phenolic compounds such as carvacrol, almost 60%, and thymol, 20% (Vidic et al, ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 30, the laurel dear to Apollo
Infused oil of laurel leaves and berries but also soap prepared with laurel oil, we discover the natural remedies useful in case of acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis but also sciatica, muscle strain and rheumatic pain.
The myth tells that Daphne, a young nymph daughter of Gaia, the Earth, spent happy days in the shade of the woods, singing and dancing among the streams of fresh water. Apollo fell madly in love with her. But, for a cruel joke of Eros, god of love, the feeling that Apollo felt for Daphne was destined not to be reciprocated. Daphne, as soon as she saw Apollo, ran away, frightened, and Apollo's pleas were useless. When Daphne realized that she had no escape and that Apollo would soon reach her, sh...
Naturally beautiful, the lilac oil
Useful in case of muscle pain, swollen legs and feet, rheumatism, cramps and slow digestion, softens the skin and helps in case of eczema.
Between April and May lilac, scientific name syringa vulgaris, blooms. Lilac is a lovely plant, characterized by violet or pink flowers with an intense and fascinating scent, it decorates gates, balconies or walls. But lilac flowers can also become the main ingredient of a very interesting herbal and cosmetic remedy, lilac infused oil. This remedy is given by a plant based oil, generally olive or sunflower oil, in which plants are macerated to extract their properties. But now let's see in more ...
Elderberry, herbal remedy
Antiviral and antimicrobial, useful in case of bronchitis, cold and flu diseases, diuretic action, helpful in case of rheumatism and gout.
Elderberry, scientific name sambucus nigra, is a plant of the Caprifoliaceae family. Known since ancient times, nowadays several scientific studies have shown the properties of elderberry thanks to the mucilage, antioxidant and diuretic substances contained in this remedy. Elderberry, properties of the herbal remedy - Elderberry has proven to be effective in treating cold, flu and bronchitis diseases, it is in fact antiviral and antimicrobial (Porter et al, Phytother Res., 2017 - Hawkins et al...
Liver and kidney cleanser, diuretic, stomach protection.
The dandelion, scientific name taraxum officinale, commonly known as dandelion, is a spontaneous herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. This plant grows in gardens and meadows and blooms in early spring presenting itself with a beautiful flower of an intense yellow color. The dandelion is a plant widely used in herbal medicine and in detox cooking thanks to its leaves and roots that purify the liver, are diuretic and antioxidant (Choi et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2010). But the dandelion is also kn...
Black currant, herbal tea
Relieves muscle tension, helps in case of rheumatism, stomach pain but also water retention, stones, gingivitis and stomatitis.
The blackcurrant, scientific name ribes nigrum, is a shrub of the Grossulariaceae family, can reach 2 meters in height and is characterized by very dark fruits or berries. In herbal medicine, different parts of blackcurrant are used, for example its young buds are used to prepare glycerine macerate, which we have already talked about previously as a remedy for allergies. But even the blackcurrant leaves, once dried, are very interesting in the herbal medicine field and are the ingredients for po...
Champaca essential oil
Painkiller, anti inflammatory and relaxing, useful in case of headache, anxiety, stress and rheumatism.
Magnolia champaca, or Michelia champaca, is a type of magnolia characterized by highly scented flowers. And is from the champaca’s flowers that essential oils rich in volatile compounds are extracted, used in the cosmetic industry to produce perfumes and in herbal field for aromatherapy. Champaca essential oil, properties – Champaca essential oil has a warm and fascinating aroma, able to warm up the heart and to bring calm and serenity. In fact, this essential oil relaxes directly the nervous ...
Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, analgesic and antibacterial, useful in case of cystitis, urinary gravel, calculi and rheumatism.
Spiny restharrow, scientific name ononis spinosa of the Fabaceae family, is a small shrub with thorns but with very scented flowers. From the roots of this plant we get a remedy well-known for millennia and in recent years also studied by science for its interesting action especially on the urinary tract, but let's understand better. Spiny restharrow, properties and uses - Spiny restharrow shows diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and healing properties (Ergene et al, J Ethn...
Star anise essential oil
Antiviral against herpes simplex virus, antibacterial, useful for skin and mouth health, against acne, carminative, analgesic and therefore helpful to treat rheumatism, brings serenity.
Star anise, scientific name Illicium verum, is an evergreen tree with woody fruits formed by a dozen lobes arranged like a star. Each lobe carries a seed and precisely through the steam distillation of these seeds the star anise essential oil is obtained. The star anise should not be confused with the anise, Pimpinella anisum, they are in fact two different plants although their properties are similar since both contain the same main active principle, the anethole. Regarding its action, the esse...
Remedy of ancient tradition with a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action proven by scientific studies, useful in case of acne, wounds, dermatitis, sores but also muscle pain, sciatica, rheumatism and stiff neck.
Hypericum, scientific name Hypericum perforatum, is a well-known and appreciated medicinal plant of the Clusiaceae family. Hypericum is also called St. John's Wort since its maximum flowering falls around June 24, St. John's Day. This plant is a natural remedy that can be used both internally, in fact, it is able to counteract depression, and for topical applications. In this post we will focus our attention on its cosmetic properties and on the effects of external uses of hypericum, in particul...
Litsea essential oil
Antimicrobial action proven by scientific studies, relaxing and anti inflammatory properties, useful in case of acne, inflammations, rheumatism but also able to purify the house and keep away insects, helpful in case of insomnia and anxiety.
Litsea, scientific name Litsea cubeba, is a plant belonging to the Lauraceae family native to Japan, Taiwan and China. From its fruits and leaves a lemony essential oil is produced through distillation. This essential oil is characterized by important healthy properties studied a lot by science. Litsea essential oil shows indeed excellent antimicrobial properties, it is anti inflammatory, anti fungal and it is also able to keep away insects (Su et al, Nat Prod Commun, Apr 2016 – Yang et al, Mole...
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 properties, the strawberries, better than aspirin
Source of vitamin C and salicylic acid, act as an aspirin by counteracting inflammations, cold, rheumatism, let’s see the best food combination that maximize the antioxidant properties or that, on the contrary, reduce them.
On the shelves of the supermarkets the strawberries start to appear, so delicious and juicy that these fruits are the joy of children and adults! But strawberries are also a powerful source of healthy substances whose action may be increased or, on the contrary, inactivated, by other food with which strawberries are served. Let’s see better in detail. Properties – Strawberries contain iodine, in particular, a cup of fresh strawberries may have about 13 mcg of this essential micronutrient, a go...
Juniper essential oil
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, useful to treat acne and skin aging, against cellulite and toxins accumulation, draining effect against water retention, calming action, able to soothe pain in case of arthritis, muscle and joint pain, powerful antifungal action against candida, against insomnia.
From the berries of juniper, scientific name Juniperus communis, family of the Cupressaceae, an essential oil is obtained with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its compounds such as alpha pinene, beta pinene and limonene (Pepeljnjak et al, Acta Pharm, Dec 2005). Moreover, this essential oil is also useful to act as a calming remedy and results helpful against sleep disturbance. Let’s see the possible applications. Acne, inflammations and skin aging – Juniper essential ...
Pellitory of the wall
Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emollient and expectorant, useful in case of cystitis, water retention, stones, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and gout, soothing and healing action to help treat dermatitis, wounds, insect bites, rashes caused by nettles, cracked skin and chapped lips.
Parietaria officinalis, also known as pellitory of the wall, upright pellitory or lichwort, is a plant of the Urticaceae family that includes also the nettle. The people who suffer from seasonal allergies surely have heard of the pellitory since its pollen can cause sneezing, rhinitis and asthma. However, the pellitory has also beneficial properties for the health. Properties - The remedy, taken orally, shows a diuretic, emollient and purifying effect, useful in case of water retention, stones...
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...
Able to strengthen the immune system, useful to prevent or counteract cold, flu and cold sores, shows an anti inflammatory and painkilling action helpful in case of rheumatism and arthrosis.
Uncaria tormentosa is a medicinal plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family. It is native to the rainforests of Amazonia and central America and is called also cat’s claw because of its hook-like thorns needed by the plant to climb on the trees. Used as a remedy since ancient times thanks to its healthy action, now the properties of uncaria are recognized also by scientists (Reis et al, Int Immunopharmacol, Mar 2008 – de Paula et al, J Altern Complement Med, Jan 2015). In particular, according to ...
Purification of the liver, diuretic action, useful in case of rheumatism and constipation, remedy for skin problems such as dermatitis, hives, psoriasis or eczema, according to scientific studies antioxidant effect and able to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
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...
Wintegreen essential oil
Anti-inflammatory action useful in case of rheumatism, muscle pain and back pain, thanks to its antiseptic properties counteracts acne, itching, dandruff and skin irritations, useful against cough, flu and cold.
Gaultheria procumbens is a plant belonging to the Ericaceae family native to North America. Its fruits are berries characterized by a special red color and the plant is an amazing ornament for balconies or tables during Christmas period. However, gaultheria doesn’t have just an ornamental role, from its leaves indeed an essential oil with painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties is extracted, this essential oil is called wintergreen essential oil. Let’s see its uses and properties. But first...
Blue Chamomile essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and calming action, able to bring serenity, useful to treat skin problems such as acne, wounds and irritations, can help in case of nocturnal enuresis in children, abdominal cramps, muscle and rheumatic pain, headache.
Chamomile, also known as German chamomile, scientific name Matricaria chamomilla, belongs to the Asteraceae family that includes also arnica and marigold. From the small flowers of chamomile, through steam distillation, one of the most powerful essential oils is obtained, the so called blue chamomile essential oil. This essential oil is characterized by anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the presence of a particular active substance, the chamazulene (Safayhi et al, Plant Med 1994), it has a...
External use for gout, rheumatism, sciatica, backache and cramps, for internal use vermifuge action, to be used under medical supervision.
The male fern, Polystichum filix-mas, belongs to the Aspidiaceae family and grows wild in the woods, especially of beech, oak and chestnut. It is characterized by large leaves with a big vein structure and has healthful properties, for which it was already known by ancient Greeks. In fact, Galen but also Dioscorides, Greek physicians, used it to counteract intestinal parasites. Nowadays its vermifuge effect is recognized if used internally, while, in case of external applications, the fern is ca...
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...
The buds help to fight inflammations and infections, rhinitis, gout and rheumatism, the seeds are useful in case of mental fatigue, anxiety, memory and concentration problems, help before and during exams.
Silver birch, also known as Betula pendula or warty birch, belongs to the Betulaceae family, it is a very resistant tree about 20 meters tall with a white and smooth bark. From this type of plant two glycerin macerates with different applications are prepared, one obtained from the buds, with anti-inflammatory properties, while the other, obtained from the seeds, is used as a support for cognitive functions. But let's see better in detail. Buds - Silver birch buds stimulate the activity of the...
Painkilling and anti-inflammatory action in case of arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and bursitis, the remedy is useful also in case of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Boswellia serrata is a tree belonging to the Burseraceae family and that grows in the hilly regions of India and China. From the trunk and from the branches of the boswellia a gum resin is extracted, known and used for centuries in Ayurvedica for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties with beneficial effects especially on the joints, bones and muscles. Therefore the remedy lends itself to be applied to treat inflammatory rheumatism, arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis a...
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,...
Anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, diuretic and astringent action, useful against illnesses caused by humidity, rheumatism, fever, sinusitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, but also irritations of the oral cavity and gingivitis.
The common alder, also known as black alder or just alder, scientific name Alnus glutinosa, belongs to the Betulaceae family. The plant is characterized by anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, astringent and diuretic properties and is useful to counteract fever, sinusitis, bronchitis, rheumatism, cold but also tonsillitis, pharyngitis and gingivitis. Black alder acts also as a tonic and stimulant on circulation, memory and concentration. You can use both the tea and the glycerin macerate of black ...
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...
Infusions and decoctions of leaves and bark are useful in case of fever, arthritis, rheumatism and epilepsy, the glycerin macerate stimulates the functionality of the kidneys.
The holly, scientific name Ilex aquifolium, is a plant of the Aquifogliacee family characterized by green and shiny leaves and beautiful red, but poisonous, berries. In the tradition, holly has been used as a good luck charm, to keep away demons or diseases, but also as an ornament and can also be found nowadays in many Christmas decorations and wreaths. In addition to this, the holly has also a use in herbal medicine, although nowadays very limited, thanks to its interesting diuretic, anti-rheu...
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