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Evening primrose oil, for oral use and topical applications
Through cold pressing of the seeds of the plant oenothera biennis, known as evening primrose and belonging to the Onagraceae family, a powerful beauty oil is obtained. This oil is suitable for very sensitive skin and eye contour. You can find evening primrose oil in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops, both for oral use in the form of pearls and for topical applications in bottles. But let’s see better the properties. Evening primrose oil, its beauty properties - This product is soothing and prote...
Pecan, scientific name Carya illinoinensis of the Juglandaceae family, is a tree native to Mexico and America whose fruits are drupes containing an edible seed. It is precisely this seed that is called Pecan nut and that, nowadays, can be bought in all shops and supermarkets. Pecan nuts, widely used in cooking to prepare tasty desserts but also as a snack, alone or in a mixture with other dry fruits, are characterized by interesting healthy properties. Pecan nuts, properties - First of all, pe...
The lemon, scientific name Citrus limoni, is a plant of the Rutaceae family, the same as tangerine, orange and bergamot. The term lemon also refers to the fruit of this plant, of a beautiful intense yellow color and characterized by a rounded shape. Lemon is known and appreciated for its juice, drunk as a purifying and refreshing drink, used to dress salads or to marinate fish, meat or even fruit. But science is also interested in another part of the lemon, less used except for giving flavor to ...
Indian chai tea is not just a modern trend but it is a healthy aromatic drink with a very ancient tradition, dating back more than 5000 years ago. This tea is made with black tea, milk and a mixture of spices, including ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon, which make it a digestive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant drink, able to stimulate the metabolism. Properties - Scientific studies (Azimi et al, Rev Diabet Stud, Feb 2015) have shown that a drink prepared with black tea and 3 grams of s...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 2
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a root with important beneficial properties. It is in fact anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and digestive, protects the heart and the immune system. But how can ginger be taken to maximize these properties? In today's post we see the most important food combinations and healthy preparations with ginger. Fresh, candied or herbal tea - Natural or candied ginger is an excellent ally against nausea. Moreover, if grated fresh on foods, such as fish, veg...
Artichoke, herbal remedy
Cynara scolymus is the scientific name of the artichoke, the vegetable that we use for cooking. The artichoke belongs to the Composite family and it isn’t just a yummy ingredient but it may become also a herbal remedy. From its leaves, indeed, a mother tincture is obtained rich in phenol compounds such as cynarin, cinaropicrin and caffeic acid. Thanks to these substances the remedy has antioxidant and diuretic properties and is able to protect the liver and the cardiovascular system (Kurt et al,...
Curry is a mix of spices originating from India. This orange-yellow powder is obtained by crushing different spices and the composition of the mix varies on the basis of the type of curry, less or more spicy, and of the Country. In fact, this high aromatic mix is now widespread in all the South Est Asia with small changes in its formulation. However, the basic mix is given by turmeric, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, saffron, nutmeg, fenugreek, chili pepper and cardamom...
Food combinations Part 5, the best ways to eat artichokes
The artichoke is the flower bud of the plant Cynara scolymus. The artichoke is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, cynarine, an alkaloid able to protect the liver and to lower the cholesterol, inulin, a prebiotic that protects and stimulates the bacterial flora of the gut, antioxidants such as tannins (Rondanelli et al, Monladi Arch Chest Dis, Mar 2013 – Lopez-Molina et al, Phytochemistry, Jun 2005). However, the properties of the artichoke depend on the ways of cooking and on the foods served t...
Fat burning diet Part 7, the herbal teas green tea and Java tea
In the latest posts we have focused the attention on the fat burning foods because, according to scientific researches, the adipose tissue, especially if localized on the waistline, may result a problem for health since it has been shown to worsen the chronic inflammations (You et al, Curr Diabetes Review, Feb 2006). A condition of chronic inflammation of the body in the long period may cause several illnesses such as cardiovascular problems, auto immune diseases, cancer but also depression (Lop...
Champignon is the French name of the mushroom Agaricus Bisporus of the Agaricaceae family. The champignon are mushrooms with a delicate taste and now widespread all over the world, they can be cultivated and, for this reason, can be found all the year in supermarkets. The fact that the champignon are cultivated in a controlled soil has another advantage, in this way indeed the mushrooms don’t absorb pollution, toxic substances or radioactive compounds unlike the mushrooms that can be harvested ...
Flaxseed oil (for food use)
Through cold pressing of flaxseeds, scientific name of the plant Linum usitatissimum of the family of Linaceae, a very delicate oil with a flavor reminiscent of hazelnuts and characterized by important healthy properties is obtained. Like the seeds, flaxseed oil is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that are in the right proportion. Omega 3 and omega 6 are considered very useful to keep under control the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in blood and are able to protect the heart. Thi...
Hemp oil, or hempseed oil, is extracted through cold pressing from the seeds of Cannabis sativa, can be easily found in supermarkets or specialized shops in every Country and is well appreciated for its healthy properties. This plant based oil, indeed, is rich in essential fatty acids and characterized by antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp oil contains fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 in the right proportion 3-1 and, for this reason, it can be inserted in the diet of those people ...
Sour cherries, also called tart cherries, are the fruits with a light red color of the Prunus cerasus. They contain mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and vitamins such as vitamin B, PP, C, useful to strengthen the body defenses, and provitamin A, very important for the health of the eyes. These fruits have a beneficial effect also thanks to the antioxidants they contain, the anthocyanins, which, in addition to giving the red color, are able to reduce infla...
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 ...
The dioscorea, also known as wild yam, scientific name Dioscorea villosa, is a plant of the Dioscoraceae family with properties that are concentrated in its roots and tubers. The use of the plant to treat menstrual cramps dates back to the 18th century, but in the 1950's scientists discovered that dioscorea contains, among other substances, also diosgenin, a phytoestrogen used to chemically produce the progesterone in laboratory. In fact, diosgenin was at the very basis of the first contraceptiv...
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...
Cannellini beans are legumes with healthy properties, low calories and a very high protein content, ideal for muscle support. These beans contain a substance, the glucodrine, able to keep under control the blood sugar. Cannellini beans also help to eliminate the excess of cholesterol and triglycerides. Cannellini beans contain also mineral salts such as potassium and phosphorus, important to prevent mental fatigue. Also the molybdenum is present in this type of beans: this mineral has a powerful...
Spirulina is a green-blue microalgae that lives in lakes, therefore it contains little iodine. This algae is rich of healthy substances and nutrients, so much that it is counted among the “super foods”. Spirulina is reach in chlorophyll, an antioxidant that helps against free radicals, is able to strengthen the immune system and can also purify the body from heavy metals. Spirulina contains also vitamins, such as vitamin A and those from group B, C and E, mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, m...
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