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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...
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
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...
Pellitory of the wall
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Elecampane, also known as horse-heal or elfdock, scientific name Inula helenium, belongs to the Asteraceae or Composite family and is characterized by very beautiful yellow flowers that can be admired from the beginning of spring until advanced autumn. Elecampane, already known by the ancients, is beneficial to the airway health, calms cough, acts against bronchitis, even chronic, and asthma due to an expectorant and antiseptic action. In addition to this, the remedy has also diuretic properties...
Rue, common rue or herb-of-grace, scientific name Ruta graveolens, is a plant of the Rutaceae family, well known and appreciated for its aroma so much that it is used as an ingredient for liqueurs and to flavor different dishes, but also for its beneficial properties. This plant, very useful in gardens because it helps keep away insects, mosquitoes, mice and vipers, is rich in essential oils that are characterized by a digestive, carminative, sedative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory action....
The celeriac, scientific name Apium graveolens var. rapaceum, is known also as celery root, it is indeed a variety of celery, it belongs to the Apiaceae family and its root, white and with a round shape, can be eaten. This vegetable is a low calorie food but it is rich in fibers, that are important for the bowel function, act against constipation and to counteract hunger. The celeriac contains also vitamins, including vitamin A, C and vitamin B, and mineral salts, especially iron, potassium, sel...
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Paprika is a spice obtained from the pepper, Capsicum annuum, which is dried and then minced after the most inner white part and the seeds have been removed. It is precisely this step that differentiates paprika from chili powder, which is instead minced with all the seeds and the white part, called placentas where the capsaicin, the substance that gives the spiciness, is concentrated. There are two types of paprika, the sweet paprika obtained by removing completely seeds and placentas, and the ...
The lycopodium, scientific name Lycopodium clavatum, also known as ground pines or creeping cedar, is an evergreen plant belonging to the Lycopodyaceae family, it can be found in forests and mountainous areas. This remedy, used in herbal teas, has diuretic and laxative properties, useful in case of gout, rheumatism but also constipation and hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and renal colic. Lycopodium herbal tea purifies the body from the toxins but protects also the liver and can be used in...
The Scotch broom or common broom, scientific name Cytisus scoparius, is a small shrub with golden yellow flowers. This plant has diuretic properties, useful in case of kidney stones, edema, gout, water retention and rheumatism, but scotch broom has also a vasoconstrictor effect, making it a remedy for hypotension because the broom works by narrowing blood vessels and thereby increasing the pressure. There is a cardiotonic action, too, because the plant is able to regularize the heart rate. The b...
Meadowsweet or spiraea ulmaria, scientific name Filipendula ulmaria, belongs to the Rosaceae family. Although it is different, from the esthetic point of view, from the rose, it is very close relative, because both have in common a very intense smell. Known and also used by King Alboin to treat gout, we now know that the meadowsweet has important and demonstrated diuretic properties that make it a remedy to treat edema of the legs, joint effusion, gout, rheumatism, kidney colic and stones of the...
Common grape vine
Common grape vine, its scientific name is Vitis vinifera, belongs to the Vitaceae family. Native to Asia, the grape vine has tonic, vasoprotective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and draining properties, it is a good remedy to treat varicose veins, cellulite and hemorrhoids. For this reason the grape vine acts as a remedy for care and protection of the circulatory system, promotes circulation, counteracts varicose veins, heavy legs and lymphatic stasis, reduces the formation of s...
The primula, scientific name Primula veris or officinalis, belongs to the Primulaceae family, it is a plant characterized by golden and yellow flowers and it grows wild in fields and on the edge of the woods. Its name comes from the Latin primus, indicating that this plant blooms very early, immediately after the melting of the snow. The primula has anti-inflammatory, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic and anti-rheumatic properties as well as a calming effect for heart and nerves. The remedy can b...
Thymus serpyllum, also known as Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme, grows naturally in very sunny areas at the edge of woods or meadows. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and has very similar properties to those of the thymus but it differs for a more delicate aroma due to the fact that it contains less essential oils than the true thyme, the one used in the kitchen. Wild thyme acts as a stimulant and tonic, has digestive and carminative, antispasmodic, diuretic, antiseptic, expector...
The edamame are immature soy beans in their pod. They can be eaten boiled or steamed, added to salads or soups. The edamame soybeans are an important source of proteins but also of fiber, useful for the proper functioning of the intestine, and antioxidants against aging processes. In addition to this, thanks to the presence of phytoestrogens, the isoflavones, completely vegetable substances that mimic the action of estrogens produced by the body and able to take their place, edamame are helpful ...
Tarragon, scientific name Artemisia dracunculus, also called estragon, is an aromatic plant of the Asteraceae family. Tarragon is a remedy to stimulate appetite in cases of loss of appetite, fatigue, convalescence or weakness, it aids digestion and is helpful in case of sour stomach and abdominal bloating. Another property of tarragon is that it is a diuretic, for this reason the plant results a help in case of rheumatism, gout, water retention, difficulty urinating or problems related to kidney...
Chervil, Anthriscus Cerefolium, is also called garden chervil and is an annual plant with anti-inflammatory, purifying and diuretic properties, it results helpful in case of constipation, gout, rheumatism, water retention, skin problems and insect bites but also in case of eye diseases, red and inflamed eyes. Some wild varieties are toxic, for this reason choose always cultivated chervil and buy it in herbalist’s or specialized shops. Since its properties dissolve with the heat chervil is not a ...
Celery has been cultivated and used at first as a medicinal plant and only later as food. Also known by the ancient Greeks and mentioned in Homer's Iliad where Achilles used it to treat his horses, celery has diuretic properties, it stimulates appetite and is helpful for all problems related to the stomach such as gastritis or sour stomach. Then, thanks to minerals and vitamins celery is also a good tonic in case of convalescence and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Celery is constitu...
Satureja, also called savory, belongs to the Labiatae family. The name comes from satyr because of the aphrodisiac properties of the plant well known also by ancient Greeks, who dedicated satureja to Dionysos, the Greek god of grape harvest, wine and ritual madness. Savory has tonic, energizing, antifermentative, digestive, expectorant, against diarrhea, diuretic and aphrodisiac properties, the last reported also by the well known French herbalist Messèguè. Use this remedy in case of asthenia, ...
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