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Dog rose, herbal medicine
Rosa canina, also known as dog rose, is a spontaneous plant belonging to the Rosaceae family. The glycerine macerate is obtained from its buds while the mother tincture is obtained from the berries of this wonderful plant. Let’s see better in detail properties and uses of these two amazing remedies! Glycerine macerate of dog rose, properties and uses - Glycerin macerate of rosa canina is characterized by a high content of antioxidants such as quercetin, ellagitannins and kempferol (Jimenez et ...
Eucalyptus, mother tincture
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 ...
Sea as a source of health
Renè Quinton was a biologist who, at the beginning of the last century, saw sea water as an important source of health for the body. Indeed, he considered this water as a real medicine, similar to the blood that flows in the body and able to keep alive, according to Quinton, something that can survive just in the blood and organic liquids, the white blood cell. Sea water can enter the body through the skin but can also be taken orally or sprayed into the nose. Bathing in the sea - But why sea ...
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...
Cypress, mother tincture and extract
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...
Luffa operculata is a form of luffa, a climbing plant belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family that includes also pumpkin, watermelon, melon and cucumber. Luffa operculata is one of the most appreciated natural remedies used to treat rhinitis, sinusitis and hay fever and you can easily find it in herbalist’s or chemist’s shops in the form of a nasal spray. Scientific studies have shown that luffa is beneficial and efficient to counteract these type of illnesses, indeed, according to a research publ...
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...
Schuessler salts are part of a therapeutic method introduced in the second half of the nineteenth century by the German physician Schuessler. The method uses 12 preparations based on diluted inorganic minerals that, according to the studies of Schuessler, are always present in human blood and tissues. Each of these preparations may be able to influence different body functions on the basis of the consideration that the mineral salts are indispensable for a proper functioning of the organs and, a...
The Collinsonia Canadensis, commonly known as richweed, is a medicinal plant of the Labiate family, native to North America and widely used by the Native Americans for its properties. The root of this remedy is used indeed in case of illnesses of the airways such as chronic rhinitis, sinusitis and phlegm, since it acts by reducing the secretions and swelling of the mucous membranes, all situations that otherwise could promote stagnation and the consequent proliferation of germs and bacteria. The...
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 ...
Flax seeds, other uses
Our grandmothers knew about natural remedies. Here an ancient remedy, handed down through generations, used to fight persistent cough that continues also during night, sinusitis and bronchitis, ideal for this period of the year. We are talking about the flax seed compress, simple but effective at the same time. The first thing is to grind the flax seeds, which must be dry and therefore do not pre-soak them. Alternatively, you can buy flax flour, you can find it in specialized stores. Now moisten...
The Hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree with a gray, smooth bark. From its buds the glycerine macerate is obtained. This remedy has anti-inflammatory properties, indicated especially for the upper airways, it has an action against catarrh, is a decongestant for oropharyngeal mucosa and a sedative for cough, it has an antihemorrhagic action. You can take the glycerine macerate in case of sinusitis, bronchitis, rhinopharyngitis, tracheitis, cough. The dosage is 50 drops three tim...
The pulsatilla, called also pasque flower, wind flower or meadow anemone, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Ranunculaceae family. The homeopathic remedy based on this plant is used to treat inflammation with catarrh of the upper airways but also chronic conjunctivitis, ear infections and ophthalmitis with yellow secretions. In case of dense and yellow secretions, nasal congestion, ear infections, sinusitis but also convalescence after respiratory diseases you can try to take the p...
English plantain is a plant that grows spontaneously on the edges of meadows, paths and on the mountains. This plant has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, can heal wounds and block bleeding, it is useful in case of hemorrhoids, insect and animal bites. In addition to this, English plantain is also able to fortify the immune system and results helpful to treat cold, sinusitis, allergy and bronchitis, thanks to the expectorant properties. Fresh juice – Grind some leaves of plantain a...
Basil is an aromatic plant that is very easy to grow. The leaves, taken from adult plants taller than 10 cm because if smaller contain toxic substances, should be added to dishes just at the end in order to preserve their properties. Basil can be eaten fresh, you can add it to tomato sauce or salads, as herbal tea or essential oil. Fresh – Fresh basil makes your dishes very tasty but has also healthy properties. Basil helps indeed digestion and is useful in order to treat intestinal inflammati...
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