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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 12, the gold of the Maya
Not a real precious metal but certainly gold for the skin, we talk about the Mimosa tenuiflora, or skin tree or Tepezcohuite, an evergreen plant belonging to the Fabaceae family, native to Central and South America and known as a source of beauty since the times of the ancient Maya. Mimosa tenuiflora, properties for health and beauty, what science says - In fact, in the bark of this tree there are active ingredients useful to treat skin lesions and with a high healing power. But it is not just...
Mung beans and their sprouts
Mung bean, also called green gram or moong, scientific name Vigna radiata, is a plant of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family. The fruits of this plant are pods that contain edible seeds characterized by a peel of an intense green color. These seeds can be found on the market both in the dried form, in this case they should be soaked in water and then cooked, or in the form of sprouts, the famous mung bean sprouts, that can also be self-produced at home. Mung beans are the most used seeds in the w...
Hericium erinaceus, known also as lion’s mane mushroom or monkey head mushroom, is an edible mushroom native to North America, Europe and Asia. This particular mushroom isn’t just fascinating for its look, characterized by long and white spines, but also thanks to its healthy properties demonstrated by scientific studies. Properties – This mushroom is indeed antioxidant, it is able to stimulate the immune system but shows also a neuroprotective effect connected to the enhance of a protein, NGF...
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 ...
Blackberries are the fruits of a plant, scientific name Rubus ulmifolius, belonging to the Rosaceae family. Blackberries have interesting healthy properties and, based on data reported in the database edited by the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America, these fruits are rich in vitamin C (21 mg per 100 grams of blackberries), important to support the immune system, to fight free radicals, to absorb iron and to regenerate the skin, K (almost 20 micrograms per 100 g, about a th...
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 ...
Prunella, scientific name prunella vulgaris, also known as common self-heal or woundwort, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, which is characterized by anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, healing and purifying properties. For internal use, the remedy can bring relief in case of migraine, high blood pressure, seasonal illnesses, since it acts by supporting the immune system, and diarrhea, while for external use the prunella is useful to accelerate the healing of wounds, inflam...
The Coltsfoot, scientific name Tussilago farfara, is a plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae that grows on clayey soils and is characterized by yellow flowers very similar to daisies. Known since ancient times, this remedy has expectorant, anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat persistent cough, hoarseness, but also bronchitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis, asthma and bronchial catarrh. You can prepare the herbal tea by leaving in infusion a teaspoon of flowers ...
Kudzu, scientific name Pueraria montana, is a plant of the Fabacee or Leguminosae family that includes also soy, beans, fava beans, peas and lentils. Native to Asia, it is used for cooking, in fact kudzu root powder works as thickener and gelling agent, but also as a natural remedy. Kudzu, in fact, contains isoflavones, natural compounds with a structure similar to human body estrogens, which help to soothe menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis, as reported in the study published in the Evidence-...
Calamus, also called sweet flag, is a medicinal plant of the Araceae family whose scientific name is Acorus calamus. The calamus grows along the edges of ponds, swamps and lakes and was already known as a remedy at the time of the ancient Greeks, in fact Galeno, the prominent Greek physician, used this plant as a diuretic. Nowadays the plant is considered an aromatic bitter. Calamus is able to stimulate digestion, is an antispasmodic and has carminative and diuretic properties. The remedy finds ...
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...
Manuka honey is a honey produced from the nectar of the flowers of manuka, scientific name Leptospermum scoparum, a tree growing in New Zealand. This type of honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, according to the article published in 2008 on the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food research by a team of researchers of the University of Dresden. The researchers have found that the responsible for the antibacterial activity of this type of honey is the substance called Methylgl...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hogweed, also called cow parsnip, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. The plant grows wild in the meadows and woods and its scientific name is Heracleum spondylium, that refers to Heracles, the hero of Greek mythology known for his strong and powerful physique: the stem of the plant can reach indeed a very large size up to 2 meters. Well known by the peoples of the north, the hogweed can be used in case of ulcers, wounds, pimples, abscesses and insec...
Centella asiatica, known also as gotu kola, is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. This plant is a remedy in case of cellulite, but it is also helpful in case of edema and capillary fragility, heaviness and swelling in the legs. It has a phlebotonic action, by strengthening and making more flexible the walls of blood vessels, in this way centella improves circulation and is useful to treat the hemorrhoids. Even the skin can benefit from Centella, which stimulates collagen, ...
Banana is a fruit rich in fibers and sugars. It provides mineral salts, such as potassium, very important for the cardiovascular system, to regulate the blood pressure and to improve concentration in the periods of mental fatigue, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium, vitamins such as A, group B, C, K and J, but also important antioxidants such as lutein, beta-carotene. The banana is a high-energy fruit and this makes it an ideal snack in case of tiredness and physical and mental ef...
Sea buckthorn is a tonic for the body and very helpful in periods of stress and weakness. It contains also vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, E and C, in a higher quantity than that contained in oranges and kiwi. For this reason, sea buckthorn is a valid remedy in case of flu, fever, cold, in order to heal such illnesses but also to prevent them. It has antiseptic properties, it is a relief indeed for inflammations of the mouth and ulcers, antioxidant and anti-aging effects. Glycerin macerat...
Calendula has antispasmodic properties, for this reason it can be used to treat palpitations, insomnia, and stress. In addition to this calendula has also diuretic, laxative and detox properties and protects the liver. This plant is also useful to regulate menstruation. For external use calendula has cicatrizing properties and can be applied in case of wounds, burns of the skin, skin irritations, acne, corn and calluses, wounds in the nose, it can also reduce varicose veins and phlebitis, ulcers...
The licorice root has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, digestive and expectorant properties. For this reason licorice can be very helpful in case of cough, catarrh, sore throat and sour stomach. According to scientific studies, licorice is supposed to have a protective effect on gastric mucosa, by helping in case of stomach cramps and by preventing and healing ulcers in the stomach. In addition to this licorice seems also to create a protective film for the stomach with an important role in case ...
Broccoli are rich in mineral salts, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, and vitamins, like vitamin C and vitamins of group B. In addition to this, broccoli contain also sulforaphane, an important substance that, according to recent studies, has anticancer properties. Sulforaphane protects also the lungs by removing all toxins. Broccoli protect the stomach and are a source of antioxidant properties, able to fortify the immune system and, according to recent studies, able to treat the...
Savoy cabbage belongs to cabbage family and contains iron, potassium , selenium as well as vitamins such as vitamin C, K, E and carotenoids. These features make savoy cabbage a very important vegetable for the daily diet, since, according to studies, it has anti-cancer properties. So, add raw savoy cabbage to your salads. Savoy cabbage is also a source of fiber, very helpful in case of constipation. If you suffer from hypothyroidism it is better to eat savoy cabbage not more than twice a week ...
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