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Wintersweet, scientific name Chimonanthus praecox, is a plant native to China. The shrub is very resistant to cold and is characterized by yellow, very scented flowers that bloom in the middle of winter until march and appear as a prelude to spring. It is precisely for this reason that the name of wintersweet is chimonantus, from the Greek cheimon winter and anthos flower, the winter flower. However, the wintersweet does not only have a beautiful ornamental role, but it also has interesting heal...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 1
Ginger is a plant, scientific name Zingiber officinale family of Zinziberaceae, whose rhizome, also called root, is used to cook, thanks to its fresh aroma, and to prepare herbal remedies. Ginger is rich indeed in active substances, such as zingiberene, gingerol and shogaol, resins and mucilage. Thanks to these characteristics, ginger shows anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. In addition, ginger is also able to keep at bay blood sugar, triglycerides and chol...
Uncaria tormentosa is a medicinal plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family. It is native to the rainforests of Amazonia and central America and is called also cat’s claw because of its hook-like thorns needed by the plant to climb on the trees. Used as a remedy since ancient times thanks to its healthy action, now the properties of uncaria are recognized also by scientists (Reis et al, Int Immunopharmacol, Mar 2008 – de Paula et al, J Altern Complement Med, Jan 2015). In particular, according to ...
The pomelo, also known as pummelo and pamplemousse, scientific name Citrus maxima, is a plant belonging to the Rutaceae family. This plant is becoming very popular thanks to its fruits, considered the most ancient citrus fruits cultivated by men. The fruits of pomelo are characterized by a smooth and green peel and by a flesh with a color ranging from yellow to red. These fruits have been considered since ancient times a remedy to stimulate the appetite, to protect and improve the functionality ...
Amla, scientific name Phyllantus emblica, is a plant of the Fillantaceae family and is known mainly for its fruits, similar to green plums, which have the same name. The fruits of amla are considered an elixir of long life, able to promote longevity and there is plenty of scientific studies supporting the Ayurveda tradition that considers amla one of the essential ingredients for good health. These berries have in fact a special protective action on the liver. In particular, amla, according to s...
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...
Cistus, scientific name Cistus incanus, is a plant belonging to the Cistaceae family and is characterized by leaves with a rough surface similar to sage and beautiful violet pink flowers. This plant was well known and appreciated for its healthful properties since ancient times. However, over the years it has been forgotten and then, finally, discovered again also thanks to the numerous scientific researches about its incredible benefits. The cistus is in fact rich of polyphenols, powerful antio...
Balsamic vinegar is a condiment, typical of Italy, produced from the fermentation of grape must. It is a product that can be found in every supermarket, however, it is also little known, especially its healthful properties are not known. Yes, because the balsamic vinegar, added to salads or to flavor vegetables or even fruit, is not just a note of flavor in our recipes but can also help to preserve good health, so much that in the Middle Ages this type of vinegar was considered a medicine to tre...
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential substance to life, it is water-soluble and should be introduced in our body with diet or through supplements because the body isn’t able to produce it. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, according to scientific studies (Vojdani et al, Cancer Detect Prev, 2000 or Padayatty et al, J Am Coll Nutr, 2003), supports immune system and protects the cells from the dangerous action of the free radicals. Vitamin C is able to lower the blood pressure by promoti...
Chaga mushroom, scientific name Inonotus obliquus, is a type of mushroom that generally grows on the bark of trees such as birch but also beech, oak and alder in regions characterized by cold weather such as Siberia, Alaska and part of north Canada. The name chaga comes from the Russian word used to indicate the mushroom. This mushroom has been used for centuries and now it is becoming popular thanks to its antioxidant properties, useful to counteract aging processes, wrinkles and dull skin, but...
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 ...
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 ...
The satsuma tangerine is a citrus fruit native to Japan. The scientific name of the plant is Citrus unshiu and it is also known as myagawa. The peel is thin, green or yellow, even after ripening, and the pulp is orange, seedless, characterized by a sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. The ripe fruit can be harvested between October and December, is very resistant to cold and is a very appreciated delicacy rich in healthy properties, let's see them. The satsuma is particularly rich in antioxida...
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...
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 ...
Sencha green tea
A Chinese legend says that the discover of tea, 5000 years before Christ, was made by emperor Shen Nong, who used to boil water to purify it. One day, a leaf carried by the wind landed inside the cup. The Emperor was fascinated by the aroma and the color that came from it. But actually, the exact origin of tea is unknown, but what is certain is that this drink has been well known and appreciated for a long time thanks to its taste and its powerful properties. Although there are different varieti...
Wheat germ is a part of the caryopsis of the wheat, or Triticum aestivum. Although rich in nutrients, this part is removed together with the bran during grinding to obtain white flour. Wheat germ contains vitamins, such as vitamins from group B and E, which is a powerful antioxidant useful against free radicals and aging processes, mineral salts such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, but also folic acid, fibers and fatty acids omega 3, important to control cholesterol levels in the b...
Lassi is a very tasty and healthy drink made from yogurt, which is diluted in water and flavored. Very popular in India and an important ingredient in Ayurvedic tradition, lassi is easy to prepare and is really beneficial to our body. It is indeed able to improve digestion, increase appetite, regulate the bowel function by supporting the bacterial flora of intestine. In addition to this, lassi brings calcium, vitamins of group B, including vitamin B12 important to the metabolism and to the healt...
White tea is a type of tea obtained from the plant Camelia sinensis, the same as black and green tea. This variety is produced exclusively by using the unopened and tender buds of Camelia sinensis coated with a white fluff, hence the name white tea. Then these buds are withered by vaporization and then are slowly dried without being subjected to any other process. White tea is produced mainly in China, generally in the Fujian region, it is considered rare, valuable and with a delicate aroma so m...
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...
Passiflora edulis is a plant belonging to genus Passiflora, family of Passifloraceae, but it is well known with other names that include passion fruit or maracuja. The fruit of the plant is a berry characterized by a tough peel, a soft pulp rich in seeds but first of all by a very intense smell that makes the passion fruit a perfect ingredient for juices or ice creams. There are different types of passion fruit but the most important varieties are purple passion fruit, or passiflora edulis, with...
Cordyceps sinensis is a parasitic fungus of a moth, usually Hepialis armoricanus, it belongs to the Cordycipitaceae family and is very rare, so much that in ancient times it was reserved only to noble families. Nowadays, it has been found how to produce it in controlled cultivation so that the remedy can be purchased all around the world. Well known and appreciated by traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps, also called the caterpillar fungus, is considered an elixir for the body, able to reinvi...
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...
Natural remedies are not just herbal teas or preparations, sometimes they are gestures or small exercises that can bring big benefits. This is the case of breathing, a process that is so simple and automatic that we do not care about and, as a consequence, it is often penalized. Stress, difficult situations, anger and the breathing becomes superficial or we can even hold our breath. Breath brings oxygen to the body cells and removes toxins, a superficial breath does not properly oxygenate the ti...
Apricots are the fruits of the apricot tree, or Prunus armeniaca, of the Rosaceae family. Fresh apricots contain vitamins A and C and mineral salts such as potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, they are also rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant with a protective role in heart disease, cataracts and stroke and inhibition of tumor cell growth, as reported in the guidelines of the American Institute for cancer research about phytochemicals and their effect on human health. Apricots ar...
Polygonum cuspidatum or Japanese knotweed, scientific name Fallopia Japonica, is a plant belonging to the Polygonaceae family native to China. It is used for the preparation of tonic and anti-fatigue supplements, useful in case of loss of energy typical of seasonal changes. In fact, this remedy is particularly rich in antioxidant resveratrol, since its dry extract contains a quantity of resveratrol about 400 times higher than that contained in red grape juice. Resveratrol helps fight aging proce...
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...
The litchi, or Chinese cherry, scientific name Litchi chinensis, belongs to the Sapindaceae family, its fruits are berries with a white translucent pulp inside. In addition to having an exotic look, litchi is rich in vitamin C, ideal to support the immune system and to protect the skin from aging processes and solar damages, as reported in a 2016 article published on Pharmacognosy by an Indian team, 100 grams of litchi pulp contains infact 86% of the daily amount of vitamin C that should be take...
Kombu is edible kelp belonging to the Laminariaceae family. Kombu is rich in vitamins A, group B and C, mineral salt, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and calcium but first of all iodine. Thanks to this characteristic kombu is able to stimulate the thyroid, boost the metabolism and for this reason is helpful to lose weight in case of overweight. With a balancing and purifying action for what concerns the intestinal functionalities thanks to alginic acid, kombu helps also counteract water...
The maitake mushroom, Grifola frondosa, is a mushroom that grows in Japan, Europe and North America and is well known and appreciated for its medicinal properties. In Japanese, maitake means dancing mushroom because, according to a legend, people danced when they could find this mushroom, according to another tradition the name would come from the shape of the mushroom that is like a cloud of butterflies. The maitake mushroom mainly plays two roles, first it is able to strengthen the immune syst...
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