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The blood plums, also known as Japanese blood plums, are the fruits of the prunus salicina tree, and should not be confused with the plums, which instead are the fruits of the European plum or prunus domestica. The blood plums make their appearance on the market shelves at the beginning of the summer and, unlike the plums, can be eaten only fresh and are not dried. These fruits have a soft pulp, a color ranging from yellow to red or deep purple and a round shape, not as elongated as the plums, w...
Cherries, stones and stems
Cherries are so delicious, juicy, tasty and healthy, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidant substances. And the great thing of cherries is that nothing is thrown away, neither the stems nor the stones, both interesting natural remedies! But let's see better in detail. Cherry stems - Cherry stems are highly diuretic and therefore useful in case of water retention and cellulite (Hooman et al, Pak J Pharm Sci, Oct 2009). Moreover, scientific studies (Aires et al, ABP, 2017) have observed...
Aronia, scientific name aronia melanocarpa, is a bush belonging to the Rosaceae family. Its fruits, called aronia berries or chokeberries, are berries that, for what concerns their appearance, remind the blueberries but the taste is a bit sourer. Aronia berries can be found in the form of dried berries or in the form of juices. Chokeberries, properties – As for the properties, aronia berries are a source of vitamin K, useful for the health of bones and the proper blood clotting, vitamin C, gro...
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...
Slow Cosmetique, what to do against cellulite and stagnation
Focusing again on the importance of the skin and its needs, this is the purpose of Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to make it clear that the skin absorbs what is applied on it. Creams, serums, lotions, massage oils, sometimes they are prepared with effective and natural ingredients but often, unfortunately, with substances that do not bring real benefits or that can even be irritating if not dangerous. Sometimes it takes little to have a great cosmetic, by using what n...
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...
Food combinations and cooking methods, asparagus
The edible parts of asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis of the Liliaceae family, are its young shoots. These vegetables bring important healthy substances, such as rutin, with a protective action on the heart, brain and blood vessels, quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant substance, but also fibers, beneficial for the gut, vitamins A, B, C, K and E, zinc and folic acid, namely vitamin B9, (Nishimuro et al, Nutrients, Apr 2015 - Ganeshpurkar et al, Saudi Pharm,...
Lavender, scientific name Lavandula officinalis, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family. It is characterized by a blue-violet inflorescence organized in spikes and by an intense aroma that makes lavender a nice ornamental plant for gardens and balconies. But lavender also has an interesting healthy action. In fact, lavender shows a diuretic, antiseptic, fluidifying, digestive but also calming action recognized by tradition but also proven by scientific studies. Lavender can be used to prepar...
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,...
Pellitory of the wall
Parietaria officinalis, also known as pellitory of the wall, upright pellitory or lichwort, is a plant of the Urticaceae family that includes also the nettle. The people who suffer from seasonal allergies surely have heard of the pellitory since its pollen can cause sneezing, rhinitis and asthma. However, the pellitory has also beneficial properties for the health. Properties - The remedy, taken orally, shows a diuretic, emollient and purifying effect, useful in case of water retention, stones...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Third Part
The onion is an edible bulb belonging to the Liliaceae family and also one of the most healthful and protective foods that you can find. Thanks to the several scientific studies that have focused their attention on the properties of the onion, today we know that this vegetable may bring benefit in case of catarrh, cough, bronchitis and flu thanks to the antibiotic and expectorant action, is helpful to keep at bay blood sugar levels, it is diuretic and therefore able to counteract water retention...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Second Part
The onion, family of the Liliaceae, is eaten and appreciated both for its taste, sweet and strong at the same time, and for its beneficial properties for millennia. As often happens with traditional foods, remedies and herbal teas, also in case of onion the scientific studies are now confirming its healthy action. Nowadays, we know that eating onions can be really useful thanks to its antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, slimming, hypoglycemi...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion First Part
The onion, belonging to the Liliaceae family, is well known, appreciated and eaten for millennia. The first signs of its usage go back to the Chaldeans, 4000 years ago, but also the ancient Egyptians used onions a lot, while during Middle Ages the onions were considered a so precious food that they were used as coins. Nowadays, thanks to scientific studies, we know that this edible bulb isn’t just tasty but also rich in antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, thus usefu...
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, ...
Stemless carline thistle
Stemless carline thistle, also known as dwarf carline thistle, scientific name carlina acaulis, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. This remedy has tonic, draining, digestive and diuretic properties and therefore helps to counteract cellulite, improves digestion and supports the work of the liver. You can prepare a decoction in this way, bring to a boil a cup of water together with a tablespoon of carlina roots, let it simmer for a couple of minutes, filter and let it cool down, then drink a cu...
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...
Vinegar is one of the most popular and widespread dressing, it gives flavor and is low calorie. The most common vinegar is that of wine followed by apple cider vinegar, but on the market there are several varieties of vinegar, produced from cereals or fruit, each with a particular aroma and properties. For example, there is blackcurrant vinegar, obtained through a slow process of acetification in wooden barrels of fermented blackcurrant juice. This vinegar has soothing and draining properties. F...
Loquat fruits are the fruits of the tree Eriobotrya japonica, also called Japanese medlar or Japanese plum, that belongs to the Rosaceae family and is native to China. Loquat fruits ripen in spring until the start of summer and have a round shape, with a peel color from yellow to orange and a pulp that can be acidulous if loquat fruits are still not ripe and sweeter when full ripeness is reached. Loquat fruit is rich in water and, thanks to this characteristic, it has diuretic properties very us...
Dandelion, herbal medicine
Dandelion, or common dandelion, scientific name Taraxacum officinale, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. It is widespread in gardens and meadows and is characterized by elongated leaves with a toothed margin and by a beautiful yellow flower that matures into spherical seed heads called blowballs or clocks, consisting of single-seeded fruits attached to a pappus of fine hairs that are carried by the wind and make possible to disperse easily the seeds of the plant. The dandelion is a very intere...
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...
Walking, the easiest and most spontaneous form of physical activity, is also a natural remedy. We don’t give enough importance to it but it can bring a lot of benefits, vitality and wellbeing. In fact, more than 2000 years ago Hippocrates, a Greek physician considered the father of medicine, argued that walking is the best form of medicine. A constant and regular practice helps remove tensions, tones the muscles and makes elastic and flexible ligaments and tendons. Walking improves the blood ci...
Sun dried tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes are a delicacy that can be found everywhere at any time of the year. The need for drying tomatoes, typical summer product, comes from the desire to enjoy their benefits also in winter. Dried tomatoes are rich in provitamin A, even more than fresh tomatoes, but they also bring vitamin C, iron, potassium and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Dried tomatoes, thanks to their content in nutrients, protect the skin from premature aging and from the formation of stretch marks, accele...
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...
Rocket, scientific name Eruca versicaria, also known as arugula, is an annual plant of the Brassicaceae family that includes also broccoli and cabbages. The leaves are used in cooking to prepare tasty salads, to fill piadine (Italian flatbread sandwiches) or as an ingredient to season pasta or pizza, better if raw in order to preserve all the nutrients. Rocket is characterized by a particular and strong flavor and it is also very healthy. Rocket indeed is a source of vitamins, especially vitamin...
Pineapple, herbal medicine
From the fruit of the pineapple, scientific name Ananassa sativa of the Bromeliaceae family, we obtain a herbal remedy in the form of mother tincture. This mother tincture is characterized by a draining action, is able to stimulate the metabolism and has digestive and remineralizing properties thanks to the presence of mineral salts such as manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and iodine. In addition to this, bromelain, especially present in the pineapple stem, has also an ...
Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree)
Cercis siliquastrum, or Judas tree, is a plant belonging to the Fabaceae family. The tree has an important ornamental role since it is characterized by a copious, beautiful, intense pink blooming while the name, Judas tree, derives from the belief that it was right under this tree that Judas betrayed Jesus Christ. This plant is not only appreciated for its beauty but is also considered as a natural anti-thrombosis remedy and able to protect the microcirculation. Its buds are used to prepare the ...
Beetroot, also known as garden beet or red beet, scientific name Beta vulgaris, is a plant that belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family and is characterized by an edible root with interesting healthy and nutritional properties. Beetroot indeed, especially if you eat it raw, is very rich in folate, has mineral salts such as iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, vitamins of groups B and C and water, very useful to counteract water retention. Thanks to these characteristics the beetroot ...
Grapefruit, citrus paradisi, is a fruit tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. Its fruits, always called grapefruits, are round with a yellow skin and a bitter taste. The pulp instead can be light yellow or even pink. In particular, from hybridization with blood orange you can get a fruit with a sweet pulp and a bright pink color. In other cases the pink variant has been obtained by exposure to ionizing radiation, for example the two cultivars called Star Ruby and Rio Red, in this case the pink ...
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...
Buchu, Agathosma betulina but previously known as Barosma betulina, is a medicinal plant belonging to the Rutaceae family native to South Africa. The remedy has an antiseptic action on the urinary tract, it is diuretic and disinfectant with similar properties to those of bearberry. You can use buchu in case of recurrent infections of the urinary tract such as cystitis and urethritis, problems related to prostate but also water retention. For what concerns how to take it you can find buchu in th...
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