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Christmas is coming and people buy large quantities of food for family dinner and lunches. Among the ingredients that we can find most in the shopping cart in this period, to prepare yummy starters, sauces and desserts, there is definitely dried fruit, such as pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts but also coconut (Kumar et al, Front Microbiol, 2016). These foods are certainly very healthy but you should be a little more careful when you buy them. In fact, y...
Kombucha, the immortal health elixir
Kombucha is a fermented and sweetened tea of ancient tradition, consider that the first signs of this drink date back to Chinese dynasty Qin in around 250 B.C.. For Chinese people kombucha was and is the true health elixir, they call it indeed the immortal health elixir, considered able to balance and protect the digestive processes. From China the fame of this drink has grown all over the world and even science is focusing its attention on its healthy properties. Kombucha, what is and propert...
Stinging nettle, the herbal tea for health and beauty
Stinging nettle, scientific name urtica dioica, is a plant belonging to the Urtica genus well known for its action that causes stinging and itching on the skin. The leaves, indeed, are covered by hair that, when breaks, releases a substance that causes the rash. However, it is in fact this substance that makes the nettle so healthy. Stinging nettle is indeed a valuable natural remedy, known and appreciated for centuries for both the wellbeing of the body and the beauty of skin and hair. Stingi...
Spring onion or green onion
Spring onions are very young onion bulbs, scientific name Allium cepa, harvested when they are still immature. Just like garlic, onion and leeks also the spring onions belong to the family of the Alliaceae and, like these vegetables, have a powerful antitumor action. In fact, spring onions, like the other members of the Alliaceae, contain sulfur compounds (Nicastro et al, Cancer Prev Res, Mar 2016) able to induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death, of cancer cells. Moreover, as reported in...
Health and beauty, the remedies of the spring
During winter the lymph of the trees doesn’t reach the branches but tends to go down along the trunk towards the roots to avoid that the cold may freeze it. In spring the lymph starts again to flow. In our body happens something very similar, during winter all the processes slow down and then, with warm weather, vitality and energy come back. It is important, in this seasons change that welcomes spring, sun and warmer weather to help the body remove the accumulated toxins, to purify it but also ...
Turnip greens, scientific name Brassica rapa sylvestris of the Cruciferous family, are a vegetable of Italian origin but nowadays spread also in other parts of the world such as America and Australia. The turnip greens are characterized by dark green leaves and inflorescences, called broccoletti or broccoli of turnip. The healthy properties are truly remarkable, in fact these vegetables bring vitamins, such as C, group B and A, folic acid and mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, ...
Clover or trefoil is an herbaceous plant belonging to the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family and owes its name to the fact that it is characterized by three leaflets. From the clover you get a special honey, which is very light in color and has a delicate flavor. The clover honey is energizing, prebiotic with a beneficial effect on the bacteria of the gut, but it is also able to strengthen and stimulate the immune system. Together with manuka honey, the clover honey is able indeed to counteract in v...
Dressing salad, legumes or cooked vegetables with vinegar to make each dish tastier is often an automatic gesture. But vinegar is not just a condiment that gives character to different recipes, it also has interesting healthy properties that depends on the type of vinegar. Yes, because there is not only wine or apple cider vinegar, but also berry fruit, honey, rice, coconut or raspberry vinegar. The raspberry vinegar is obtained from the fermentation of raspberries and is characterized by import...
We often hear that a particular food is healthy because it contains many fibers, which are beneficial and support the health of the body. But what exactly are the fibers and why are they so useful? The fibers are contained in foods of vegetable origin, they include cellulose, polysaccharides such as pectins, mucilage and lignin, are not digested or absorbed but come directly to the intestine and improve intestinal transit (Dhingra et al, J Food Sci Technol, 2012). Fiber-rich foods are primarily ...
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...
Cucumber, as a food
The cucumber, scientific name Cucumis sativus, belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, just like pumpkin, zucchini, melon and watermelon. It is native to India but it was very appreciated also by the ancient Egyptians. The fruit has an elongated shape, a dark green peel a bit bumpy, a lighter pulp and is made up of 96% water. For this reason, cucumber is the perfect vegetable that can be eaten in summer and on hot days in order to avoid dehydration. In addition to this, cucumbers have also detoxify...
Shallot, scientific name Allium ascalonium, is a bulb native to Ashkelon, an ancient city of Palestine. It is similar to garlic, with a bulb constituted by several cloves covered by a thin peel. Like the other members of Allium family, such as garlic, onion, leek and chives, also shallot is a source of phytochemical sulfur-containing compounds that develop when shallot is cut, chopped or sliced. These substances act as anti-cancers by inhibiting the proliferation and growth of many cancer cell...
The cleavers, also known as goosegrass or bedstraw, scientific name Gallium Aparine, is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family, that includes also the asperula, and is characterized by hooked hairs that grow out of the stem and leaves. As a remedy the cleavers has purifying, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, especially indicated to purify kidney, liver, spleen and pancreas, helps remove toxins but it is also useful in case of urinary gravel and stones and to counteract urinary tract ...
Common chicory, mother tincture and herbal tea
Cichorium intybus, or common chicory, is a medicinal plant of the family of the Compositae or Asteraceae. The plant has been already appreciated and used for therapeutic purposes to bring benefits to the liver since the time of ancient Egypt while St. Hildegard, a German naturalist lived in the 12th century, considered it a powerful digestive. Nowadays we know that the plant has anti-diabetic, tonic, laxative, diuretic and digestive properties, it is able to stimulate the work of the liver and g...
The Russian doctor F. Karach presented for the first time to the Western world the oil pulling technique, the method of Ayurveda able to strengthen the teeth, the gums and the jaw, improves the health of the oral cavity and rejuvenates the skin. Although the oil pulling has been known in India for centuries, its diffusion in other countries is due to dr. Karach, which, in the ‘90s, described the oil pulling during a meeting of oncologists and experts in bacteriology of the Russian Academy of sci...
The bladder cherry, scientific name physalis alkekengi, is a perennial plant of the family of the Solanacee, which includes also eggplant, potato and tomato. This plant is native to Europe and Asia and is characterized by small, round and orange fruits very similar to small tomatoes and covered by a five-lobed corolla, for this reason bladder cherry is also called Chinese lantern. These berries had already been known by ancient people, the Greek physician Dioscorides indeed used them for their d...
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...
Frangula alnus, commonly known as alder buckthorn, glossy buckthorn or breaking buckthorn, is a medicinal plant of the Ramnacee family. In order to obtain the remedy from the plant, the bark, especially the second layer once the first, darker, has been removed, is used. The bark is then subjected to an air drying process or may be heated to a temperature above 100 ° C because the fresh bark may be slightly toxic. The alder buckthorn have laxative properties due to the presence of substances that...
The plants of Aloe genus belong to the Aloacee family and are represented by a wide range of succulent varieties but, among them, the most important are aloe barbadendis Miller, also known as aloe vera, and aloe arborescens, both characterized by therapeutic and cosmetic properties. Aloe vera has big and fleshy leaves full of gel, for this reason this type of aloe can be used in cosmetics in order to treat problems of skin, acne, irritations, burns, sunburns, wounds, dandruff and itching, aloe a...
diuretic properties, depurative, remedy in case of cystitis, gout, rheumatism, water retention, edema, kidney stones...
Combretum micranthum G. Don, or combreto, is a plant originating from African and belonging to the Combretaceae family. The combreto has variable shapes depending on the region in which the plant lives, it may therefore be a shrub or a tree but can also looks like a vine. The plant is rich in polyphenols, in particular flavonoids and catechins, which give it diuretic and cholagogic properties. This means that the remedy is helpful in case of gallstones because it thins the bile. But the combreto...
Wheat grass is obtained by sprouting common wheat as well as spelt and barley, after about two weeks the newborn grass is cut and squeezed, thus obtaining an unique natural remedy, rich in vitamins such as A, C, E and group B, mineral salts such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorus, amino acids and antioxidants such as chlorophyll. Thanks to these characteristics, wheat grass is useful in fighting free radicals and aging processes, improves the health of skin and hair, cle...
Opuntia ficus indica, commonly known as prickly pear or Indian fig opuntia or cactus pear, is a species of cactus native to Mexico but that can be found in the Mediterranean basin and in the temperate zone in America, Oceania, Asia and Africa. Here we speak about the fruit of prickly pear, that can be red or orange, covered with spines and with a pulp rich in water, sugars, antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, vitamins, such as A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and mineral salts, such as potassium...
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...
Prunus amygdalus (almond)
Almond, prunus amygdalus, belongs to the Rosaceae family and it is a deciduous tree originating from Mesopotamia. The glycerine macerate of this plant, obtained by maceration of fresh gems or roots, has an interesting anti-thrombophilic, anti-sclerotic, hypocholesterolemic and antihypertensive action. You can therefore use this remedy in case of high cholesterol since it promotes the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis. In addition ...
Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw, scientific name Carica papaya, is a tree of the Caricaceae family that can reach a height of 10 meters. The fruit, which has the same name as the plant, is a very large, orange-colored berry with a sweet and juicy pulp that contains many seeds in the form of black grains. Rich in vitamin C, A and E, but also potassium, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants, papaya fruit helps to fight free radicals and counteracts aging processes. It is useful to restore health an...
Black salt of Cyprus
There are several types of black salt, such as the black salt of Hawaii, Indian black salt from the mountains of India and very rich in minerals or the black salt of Cyprus. The latter is extracted through the process of evaporation from the waters of salt lakes of the island of Cyprus and its color is due to the presence of active vegetable carbon obtained by combustion of wood of linden, birch and willow. It is this addition that gives to the salt its typical color and makes it also useful to ...
Eutrema japonicum is a plant commonly known as wasabi or Japanese horseradish. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family and grows naturally in the coldest regions of Japan. The stem is used in order to obtain a green-colored paste, very spicy, called with the same name as the plant, wasabi, very appreciated with dishes like sushi. Wasabi, both the freshly grated stem, but very rare to find, and the dip, have digestive, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, useful against aging processes and the...
There are many varieties of apples, here we talk about green apple or Granny Smith, characterized by a green peel and a slightly acidulous pulp. The green color indicates the presence of chlorophyll, the indispensable pigment for photosynthesis with anti-aging properties useful to counteract free radicals and oxidation processes, that are the aging processes, of the cells and the body. Chlorophyll is also a remedy against intestinal swelling and gas production. Green apple is also rich in folate...
Agretti, scientific name Salsola soda, also known as opposite-leaved saltwort, oppositeleaf Russian thistle or barilla plant, is a plant of the Chenopodiaceae family that is very popular in the Mediterranean Basin and widely used in Italian cuisine. We refer to the bunches of elongated leaves of a pretty bright green that are the succulent leaves of this plant. Rich in water, agretti help the body hydration, they also bring fibers, important for the proper functioning and health of the intestina...
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