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Natural cleaning tips Part 4, dishwasher detergents
What can be found really in dishwasher detergents? The articles dedicated to the INCI of cosmetics for face, body, nails and hair make it clear that often, unfortunately, many products such as creams, beauty serums, shampoos, masks, lotions or make-up contain irritating, sometimes harmful or even suspected carcinogenic ingredients. Also dishwasher detergents are not an exception and many contain chemical fragrances, which can often cause contact or respiratory allergies, aggressive surfactants a...
Eucalyptus is a plant native to Oceania belonging to the Mirtaceae family. It is also a melliferous plant from which a special, dense, thick and amber-colored honey is obtained. This honey is characterized by balsamic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is a powerful source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances such as quercetin, kaempferol, luteolin and ellagic acid, present independently of the honey's area of origin and therefore a distinctive feature of eucalyptus honey (M...
Grindelia, also known as gumweed, scientific name Grindelia robusta, is a plant native to California and Mexico belonging to the Asteraceae family, just like chamomile, marigold or arnica. Grindelia is a remedy with proven anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, moreover, it is also expectorant and anti-asthmatic thanks to particular antioxidant and protective substances, saponins and flavonoids, contained in the resin that covers the flowerheads of grindelia. From these flowerheads it i...
The pulmonaria, also called lungwort, scientific name Pulmonaria officinalis, is a plant of the Boraginaceae family used for centuries as a remedy to counteract coughs and bronchitis thanks to its expectorant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on the bronchi and the lungs. Scientists are also focusing their attention on pulmonaria in order to check its real properties. Based on analyzes carried out on the plant, it has been found that the pulmonaria contains rosmarinic acid, with a powe...
Honeydew honey differs from nectar honey for the raw material used by bees to produce honey. In nectar honey in fact the bees use, as its name suggests, the nectar of the flowers that is then transformed with bees’ enzymes in honey. But in wooded areas there are not always flowers to get nectar from, hence the solution is given by honeydew, captured by bees and then converted into honey. The honeydew is secreted by the plants themselves or by insects that feed on the sap of trees such as silver ...
Sea salt, unrefined
it’s easy to say salt… but actually there are a lot of different types of salt that you can buy, some types are healthier than other varieties. For example, the refined salt commonly used to season the dishes in cooking is the most processed and the richest in sodium chloride that, of course, is an indispensable substance for life but, if in too high quantity, can cause damages to the gastric mucosa, an increase in blood pressure and a worsening of osteoporosis. If you consider that sodium is a...
Common hornbeam, plant
The common hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, characterized by oblong leaves and able to reach 15-20 meters in height. Thanks to its leaves, rich in gallic acid, an antioxidant substance, and to its buds, rich in biostimulants that are substances that regulate the development of embryonic tissue and therefore with all the strength of the plant, the common hornbeam is widely used in herbal medicine. In addition to the glycerin macerate, usefu...
The black-berried honeysuckle, scientific name Lonicera nigra, belongs to the family of the Caprifogliaceae. It looks like a bushy shrub and from its young shoots a glycerin macerate with interesting healthy properties is obtained. The remedy has indeed an anti-catarrhal and mucus-thinning action, calms the cough and protects the liver. For this reason you can use this glycerin macerate to treat coughs and bronchitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis, aphonia and hoarseness. The glycerin mac...
Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known as black locust or false acacia, is a tree that belongs to the Fabaceae family. Thanks to this plant one of the best known and well appreciated honey is obtained. This honey is characterized by a light yellow color and a liquid consistency, it has a delicate taste and it also very versatile, it is highly digestible and energizing and for this reason it is the ideal choice for a breakfast or snack for sporty people or for those people who are going through a v...
Turnip or white turnip, scientific name Brassica rapa, is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes also cauliflower, savoy cabbage and Brussels sprouts. There are different varieties of turnip, here we are speaking about white turnip, characterized by an edible, roundish root covered by a white-violet peel and with an inner white pulp. The root can be eaten raw, grated in salads, or cooked and added to soups. It is rich in vitamin C, very useful to support the immune system, but also ...
Grapefruit, scientific name citrus paradisi, is a plant belonging to the Rutaceae family whose fruits are appreciated as a basis for juices or smoothies. However, today we aren’t speaking about the grapefruit pulp but about the seeds, that are contained inside the fruit. From these seeds an extract for external use with antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties is obtained, this extract is indeed able to act on the structure of the cell membrane of the pathogens and therefo...
Viola odorata, commonly known as sweet violet, common violet or garden violet, is a small perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Violaceae family. For the ancients, besides the fact that it was a sacred flower, violet was also very appreciated as a remedy able to treat headache caused by a very rich meal. Nowadays common violet can be used to soothe cough, both the cough of seasonal illnesses and the cough of the smokers, to treat inflammations and stomach irritations. It has also a laxativ...
From the flowers of the Citrus plants, such as orange, lemon, bergamot, citron and mandarin tree the citrus honey is produced. This honey is characterized by a very light color and a delicate flavor, the scent reminds that of the jasmine or of the flowers of the plants from which the honey is obtained. This type of honey is appreciated, besides for its taste, also for the antispasmodic and sedative properties, ideal against insomnia and agitation, nervousness and irritability. Citrus honey is ve...
The sulla, Hedysarium Coronarium, is a plant of the Fabaceae family that grows spontaneously in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. From the pollination by the bees of the sulla flowers you get a very appreciated honey with healthy properties, rich in vitamins A, B and C, and mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. The sulla honey is an energizing food, it provides indeed energy that can be used immediately and is therefore a good choice for sporty per...
Chestnut honey is obtained from the flowers of chestnut tree, it’s got a deep amber color and a slightly bitter taste. This type of honey is characterized by anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, for this reason it can be used in case of colds, flu, sore throat, cough but it can also improve the intestinal functionality and acts with an anti-microbial effect. Indeed, a study carried out in 2013 by a group of Spanish researchers and published on the scientific journal Food and Function...
Iceland moss, scientific name of Cetraria Island, is a plant belonging to the Cetrariacee-Parmeliaceae family with tonic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antacid, antiemetic, fluidizing and antispasmodic properties. As a remedy can be used both internally and externally. Internally, it can be useful in case of nausea, vomiting even during pregnancy, but in this case it is always better to ask your doctor for advice, car or sea sickness, digestive problems. Iceland moss is also used to treat coughs th...
Jujubes are the fruits of the jujube, or Ziziphus jujuba, a plant of the Rhamnaceae family also known as the Chinese date. Jujubes help to regulate blood pressure, have laxative properties but have also a digestive, disinfectant and antioxidant effect against free radicals. These fruits are rich in vitamins A, B and C, useful in protecting and strengthening the immune system, bring mineral salts such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, improve brain performance and help to fig...
Rubus fructicosus is a spontaneous bush belonging to Rosaceae family together with rose, strawberry, apple tree and raspberry. Its fruits, the wild blackberries, are delicious and have also important healthful properties against constipation, they improve digestion and soothe inflammations of the mouth and throat. But you can use also leaves, flowers and roots as a remedy to treat wounds and ulcers, to strengthen the gums, to heal hemorrhoids and against sour stomach or diarrhea. Remedy also for...
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, is a plant characterized by white flowers and blue, berry-shaped fruits. The plant has purifying, diuretic and laxative properties while the fruits are astringent. Brew of leaves with purifying properties – On order to benefit from the purifying properties of blackthorn leaves you can prepare a brew in this way: bring to boil a liter of water, remove from heat and put to infuse a handful of fresh or dried leaves for about ten minutes. Filter and drink up to two cups...
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...
Cardamom is a spice whose scientific name is Elettaria, we know two varieties: green cardamom and black cardamom. Known since the time of Ancient Greeks and Romans, cardamom looks like a capsule containing the seeds, that are very fragrant. To use this spice the capsule should be broken and the seeds, once collected, can be used for flavoring food but also as a basis for herbal teas with beneficial properties in case of toothache, gum problems, poor digestion and inflammation of the respiratory ...
Glechoma hederacea, commonly known as ground ivy, is one of the Lamiaceae or Labiatae plant family, the same family of sage and mint. Unlike climbing ivy, a different species, it does not climb on the obstacles but prefers to remain at the ground level. The plant is not toxic and is rich in vitamin C, it helps in case of respiratory problems such as cough or asthma, colds and bronchitis, and is a very powerful tonic. It also has diuretic properties and improves the functionality of the stomach a...
Periwinkle is a plant with blue flowers, but the natural remedy are the leaves where all the curative properties of the plant are concentrated. The leaves of the periwinkle are in fact helpful in case of anemia, tiredness or convalescence because they are tonic and able to regenerate the blood. The leaves of periwinkle have also significant anti-inflammatory properties, useful in case of sore throat or tonsillitis, they have antidiarrheal and cicatrizing effects and for this reason they are used...
Agrimony is a plant with diuretic and digestive properties, it is able to purify the liver and is helpful in case of kidney stones and renal colic. Agrimony is, first of all, a remedy to treat infections of the mouth and of the throat, pharyngitis, wounds or cold sores, aphthae. Let’s see now how to take the agrimony. Herbal tea - Leave to brew a half handful of flowers and leaves in a liter of water for ten minutes. The brew so prepared can be taken internally or, in case of wounds or ulcers,...
Thyme is an aromatic plant that has tonic properties for the body, therefore it is ideal in case of tiredness or exhaustion, it strengthens the immune system and has a digestive and antispasmodic effect in case of stomach cramps. Thyme has also a diuretic effect, thus it is a remedy in case of water retention, rheumatism and gout. This aromatic plant helps in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as colds, bronchitis and cough. For external use thyme can be applied on bruises or sprains and...
Equisetum, or horsetail, is a plant which grows wild in fields, however, it is better to buy the herb in specialized shops since there are different species of horsetail and some of these are toxic. Equisetum has an anti-inflammatory, healing and diuretic action. It has beneficial and curative properties against urinary tract infections, kidney stones, water retention and cellulite. In addition to these properties, the horsetail is a remedy to treat wounds, ulcers, sores, bleeding, including nos...
The hamamelis, also known as common or American witch-hazel, is a plant with astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. The witch-hazel protects blood vessels and can be used to treat diarrhea, it helps also in case of sore throat and gum inflammations, but especially it is a remedy in case of hemorrhoids and other disorders of the circulatory system such as varicose veins, phlebitis, cellulite and capillary fragility, since it strengthens the walls of blood vessels and prev...
The oak, thanks to the high content of tannins, has healing and soothing properties, useful in case of wounds, ulcers and to treat hemorrhoids and fissures. The oak ha also antioxidant and astringent properties and results useful in case of diarrhea. This remedy can also be used to protect the skin from wrinkles. Herbal tea of leaves – In case of hemorrhoids and diarrhea try the herbal tea of oak: leave to brew 5 fresh or dried leaves for liter of water for 10 minutes, filter and drink up to t...
Althaea (marsh mallow)
You can use all the parts of althaea: flowers, leaves and roots. Marsh Mallow can calm mucosa, for this reason it is a suitable remedy to treat all the forms of inflammation, it is useful to calm infections of the respiratory tract, such as sore throat, cough and bronchitis. The plant is a remedy against diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, bladder and kidneys inflammation due to kidney stone or cystitis. Externally Althaea can also be used in case of pimples, abscesses, cold sores, gum dise...
Strawberry tree is a plant with healthy properties, localized especially in the leaves, but also the fruits have healthy effects but to a lesser extent. Strawberry tree has antiseptic properties, important for the urinary tract, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is a valid help for circulation. You can take it as decoction, mother tincture or honey. Decoction – In case of varicose veins or phlebitis try the decoction with the leaves of strawberry tree. Add 1 teaspoon of leaves of...
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