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False Saffron - Colchico d'Autunno

What is the Fake Saffron The autumn colchicum is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Colchicaceae Family, Genus Colchicum , an autumnal species. Also known as the false saffron , the autumn colchico is a small tuberous vegetable that blooms in the autumn, resulting rather similar to saffron (Crocoideae family, genus Crocus )


What is it? The term Kombucha identifies a whole category of functional beverages based on fermented teas (green or black quality), slightly effervescent and sweetened, typically oriental. The kombucha are derived from the fermentation of tea by means of a "symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts" ( symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast - SCOBY)

Fennel Seeds

What are Fennel seeds - which actually make up the fruit of the Foeniclum vulgare Mill plant - are widely used in phytotherapy and cooking since the fourteenth century. There are two varieties of fennel: wild and cultivated; the wild fennel is a spontaneous plant, perennial and with branched stem, which reaches 2m in height

Aconite Napello - Aconitum Napellus

What is that Aconitum napellus - also known as aconite napello, or more simply, aconite - is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Ranuncolaceae family. In detail, the aconite is very common in the mountain areas of Europe, North America and Asia, where for a long time it has found use in various popular medicines and in religious and shamanic rites

Rose water

Rose water: definition For rose water is meant an aqueous solution obtained by steam distillation of rose petals, during the essence extraction process. In general, the petals of Rosa gallica are used , sometimes replaced by those of Rosa canina or Rosa damascena . In cosmetics, rose water is widely used as a refreshing, invigorating, soothing and astringent

Rose water in short

Summary on Rose Water Scroll down the page to read the summary table on rose water Rose water Aqueous solution obtained by steam distillation of rose petals, during the essence extraction process Matrices Rosa gallica Rosehip Damask rose Rose water: properties Refreshing Toning soothing Astringent Rose water: extraction process Mining methodology: steam current distillation Matrix rich in thermolabile principles: rose petals Rose water and natural peeling Mixing sugar, honey and rose water in equal parts gives a natural product that is particularly suitable for facial peeling Rose water as a sk

Brown algae

Brown algae: definition The epithet vulgarly attributed to Phaeophyceae, brown algae , is due to the brownish-black color conferred by the pigments that compose them: these colored substances - known as fucoxanthin and feocroma - perfectly camouflage the green color of chlorophyll, which tends to blacken

Blue algae

Definition of Blue Algae Among the unicellular prokaryotic and autotrophic bacteria the blue algae stand out, more commonly known as cyanobacteria and scientifically as Cyanobacteria, Cianofita, Mixoficee, Schizoficee or, again, Cianoficee. [from A. Bruni's Dictionary of herbal medicine and phytotherapy ] Considering that, in botany, an ale is called a eukaryotic organism - unicellular or multicellular - belonging to the kingdom of protists , the name "blue algae" referring to the Cianoficee does not seem entirely correct: so much so that currently they are included in the order (

Green Algae

Green algae: introduction Scientifically known as Chlorophyceae or Chlorophyta , green algae represent a heterogeneous group of unicellular and multicellular organisms, with more or less extensive dimensions. Chlorophyceae are green to the eye, thanks to the presence of chloroplasts: the chlorophyll pigments contained therein transform light energy into chemical energy (photosynthetic organisms)

Red Algae

Red algae: definition Known in botany as Rodoficee or Rhodophyta , red algae are eukaryotic organisms devoid of flagella: most of the red algae has marine origin and prefers warm seas, although some freshwater species have been identified. The term Rhodophyta comes from the Greek: the root rhódon (ῥόδον) means "pink", while the ending phytón (phytón) "plant". These a

Aloe juice: side effects

Aloe: introduction While boasting extraordinary properties, aloe, like all plants, is not immune to possible side effects. Studying the etymology of the term, one realizes that Aloe derives from the Greek àls-alòs, meaning "salt", probably because its bitter taste evokes that of sea water.

Aloe: properties of Aloe

Aloe in history For over five millennia, aloe is considered a magical plant, capable of solving all human ills: Aloe Barbadensis , a prodigy of nature. For the ancient Egyptians, the Aloe boasted even immortal properties: this plant helped the dead pharaohs find their way to the land of the dead. In fact, according to the "papyrus of erbes" the Aloe ensured a long life to the mummified body of the pharaoh


Clay in herbal medicine From a phytotherapic point of view, clay is used to treat disorders that affect the gastro-intestinal tract, such as swelling and abdominal tension, pain, constipation or diarrhea; more generally, clay is particularly suitable for irritable bowel syndrome. Considering that the clay is able to absorb intestinal gases, it is recommended for internal use even in episodes of flatulence and meteorism

Properties of the Clay

Past and present of the clay Due to its innumerable properties, clay has always captured the attention of cosmetologists, herbalists and doctors. Suffice it to say that in ancient times clay was used in cosmetics for its emulsifying and pseudo-plastic properties: this natural material, with its almost inimitable consistency, proved to be particularly suitable for preparing face masks and wraps

Bamboo in brief, Summary on the properties of bamboo

Scroll down the page to read the summary table on the bamboo Bamboo: general characters Flexible and resistant Elegant and refined Strong trunk Refinement and plant beauty Bamboo and torture Instrument of torture with which prisoners of war were punished → piercing properties Bamboo: nomenclature There are 1, 000 species divided into 68 different genera → heterogeneity and the impossibility of attributing a precise botanical combination to bamboo Bamboo: origin and diffusion Origin: Asia, America Current spread: Australia, Africa Europe: spontaneous growth of bamboo is not observed Bamboo: bota


Bamboo in history Flexible and resistant, bamboo can be admired in the gardens of the West for over a century: elegant and refined, it is distinguished from other plants by its vigorous trunk capable of reaching very high heights (even over 40 meters). If, on the one hand, bamboo embodies refinement and plant beauty, on the other the plant is also mentioned in history for its "piercing" properties: some texts narrate gruesome uses of bamboo as an instrument of torture ideal for torturing and tormenting the prisoners in the second world war

Hawthorn in short, summarized on Hawthorn

Scroll down the page to read the summary table on the hawthorn. Hawthorn and legends In ancient times: a symbol of hope and fertility Flowers: they kept evil spirits away Cultivated as an ornamental plant and to create impenetrable barriers Hawthorn: current uses Good fuel → hard and solid wood phytotherapy → phytocomplex Cooking → fruits to prepare syrups, jams and jellies, flours Hawthorn: botanical description Botanical name: Crataegus monogyna or Crataegus oxyacantha Family: Rosaceae Short description: spontaneous shrub or small tree that easily grows everywhere Height: 6-10 m Habitat: wood


Ballota: introduction "Ballota", "black marrubio" and "marrubio fetido" are common terms attributed to Ballota foetida , known - as the vulgar names predict and the botanical name - for the unpleasant smell emanating from the whole plant. But the unpleasant aroma of ballota, such as to be defined precisely fetid , must not mislead: in fact, the plant is widely exploited for phytotherapeutic purposes, in particular to combat anxiety, stress, menstrual pain, irritability and cough

Hawthorn, phytotherapic properties of Hawthorn

Premise We have previously analyzed the general characteristics of the hawthorn, tracing a chemical identikit of its phytocomplex after having outlined a precise and meticulous botanical profile. In this discussion we will focus, in particular, on the health properties of hawthorn: after a mention of the pharmacokinetics - the mechanism of action of the active ingredients - we will study their biological activities, the clinical use of hawthorn and, finally, toxicity, the precautions and drug interactions with other substances


Hawthorn: introduction From the Greek kràtaigos, "strength and robustness", hawthorn is known in botany as Crataegus monogyna , referring to its hard and solid wood, still used as a good fuel. In ancient times, the hawthorn was associated with hope and fertility: in this regard, its flowers decorated the hair and the clothes of the brides.

Hawthorn Drops

What is that When we talk about hawthorn drops we refer to liquid formulations of various types, containing extracts of the homonymous plant to be taken in the form of oral drops. Hawthorn ( Crataegus monogyna , syn. Crataegus oxyacantha ) is a small spontaneous shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family

Leon's mouth

Introduction Velvety and elegant, dandelion flowers decorate gardens and parks with their colorful and iridescent clothes, so as not to go unnoticed. The name of the lion's mouth refers to the particular and original structure of the floral, bilabated, tubular and tortuous corolla, presenting a sort of lips

Bryonia or Brionia

What is that Bryonia is a genus of plants belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family and which includes various species. Within the genus Bryonia, the most known species are probably Bryonia alba (or white bryony) and Bryonia cretica (or red bryony). Both plants are toxic and, for this reason, they are not used in phytotherapy

Cactus: property of the Cactus

Cactus in history The Aztecs already exploited the cactus for its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties, although some of these have not yet been identified with certainty. The Catholic Church attributed the meaning "gift of the devil" to plants like the cactus, to give an idea of ​​the powers that could derive from similar plants. Ha


Introduction The gift that nature has given to the cacti is incredible: they are plants that can survive even four or five years without a drop of water, and the cactus, as a thank you, produces beautiful flowers. The cactus, a succulent plant par excellence, belongs to the Cactaceae family, which includes 150 genera and over 3, 000 species

Chamomile: property of Chamomile

Introduction "Alternative drink to milk, the first medicine of children": it is with this definition that Camomile is called, or Matricaria Recutita , a plant par excellence that boasts spasmolytic (for internal use) and soothing (for external use) properties. Chamomile belongs to the Asteraceae (Composite ) family and is currently widespread throughout Europe, America and Australia

Cedar of Lebanon

Cedar of Lebanon in history In the Old Testament it is said that with the wood of the cedar of Lebanon the columns of the Temple of Solomon were built; always, the prized cedar of Lebanon - powerful and majestic - is a symbol of power and strength. Already at the time of the ancient Phoenicians, the Lebanese cedar was used for its solid wood in the construction of safe boats and small ships


Introduction When it comes to lemongrass, most people immediately refer to the fragrance of the same name used in many anti-mosquito products; in fact, the essential oil extracted from the citronella plant is rich in geraniol and citronellol, monoterpenic alcohols with known repellent properties. The essence of citronella is particularly appreciated by natural cosmetics, in order to make the fragrance of countless cosmetic products more pleasant

High cholesterol: herbal remedies

High cholesterol is a serious health hazard: a correlation between hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular diseases (heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis) has been demonstrated. Prevent high cholesterol The best remedy to avoid high cholesterol is prevention: in this regard, you should respect and follow the rules dictated by nutrition education, not smoking, observe a correct diet and play sports

Slimming tablets

See also: slimming tablets Slimming products The herbal market offers a vast assortment of products designed to support a low-calorie regime: infusions and draining herbal teas, fluid concentrates, capsules and slimming tablets are undoubtedly the favorite formulations. Slimming tablets, unlike herbal teas, are preferred because they are more practical: in fact, they do not require waiting times - such as the infusion - and the consumer has the perception, sometimes unfounded, that the tablet "is more effective"


Introduction Imagine a sort of giant cherry, with yellow and fleshy pulp, with a grainy surface covered with rigid tubercles: it is under this garment that the strawberry trees , fruits of the homonymous plant known in botany as Arbutus unedo , appear. In the spoken language, the strawberry tree is also famous as an albatross : it is a small tree or, better to say, a bush, belonging to the same family as the bilberry, the Ericaceae


Introduction A reference model of the genus Cornus , the cornel tree is a shrub or small tree, a fruit which can be easily found at the edge of woods and forests that grow in temperate climate regions. Dogwood is currently used in the officinal sector for its purely astringent and tonic virtues, but its use is also known in the building sector

Decoction of Ginger by I.Randi

Generality The ginger decoction is a liquid preparation obtained from the rhizomes of the same plant. Numerous properties are ascribed to this particular type of preparation, attributed to the richly contained active ingredients in the rhizome. The latter, in fact, constitutes the plant's drug , ie it represents that part of the plant used (pure or treated) for therapeutic purposes (approved or not)

Digitalis Purpurea in brief, summarized on digital

Scroll down the page to read the summary table on digital Digitalis purpurea Titles the chapter on digital drugs → rich in cardioactive glycosides and saponins Digitalis purpurea and dangerousness Prohibited in phytotherapy because toxic → opium of the heart Admitted in medicine: prescribed by doctors → the patient must be constantly monitored Genre: Digitalis Digitalis purpurea : Digitalis purpurea subsp. Purp

Digital - Digitalis Purpurea

Digital toxicity The Digitalis purpurea (popularly called digital) is the title of the chapter on digital drugs, characterized by a precise class of active molecules: saponins and cardioactive glycosides. The refined and elegant appearance of the Digitalis purpurea flowers should not be misleading: because of the very particular molecular composition, the use of Digitalis purpurea , in phytotherapy, is prohibited because it is toxic

Remedies for Epheluses

Introduction Freckles fall into the category of benign skin disorders, which do not bring any consequences in the body. These roundish brownish spots represent, for all intents and purposes, only a problem of appearance, which afflicts many people, particularly women, with fair complexions and blond or red hair

Hemorrhoids: natural remedies

Premise Concern, pain, embarrassment, itching and bleeding: these are just some of the psychological and physical repercussions that can result from the "appearance" of hemorrhoids or, better to say, the inflammation of the hemorrhoidal plexus that surrounds the anal orifice. As already analyzed several times in the various articles dealing with the hemorrhoid disorder, the search for the causes is decidedly intricate, considering that it is almost impossible to find an unequivocal triggering factor: to the hemorrhoids are connected liver disorders, constipation, tumors, sedentary lif

Catnip: What is it? Why do cats like you? Properties and uses of I.Randi

Introduction Catnip - scientific name Nepeta cataria - is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Nicknamed catnip due to the particular effects it produces in felines, Nepeta cataria is a plant that has found and is probably still used today in folk medicine . In the course of the article, therefore, the main characteristics and properties of the catnip will be described, its uses in folk medicine and the particular effects that the plant has on the much loved domestic cats

Lotus Flower - Healing Properties

Introduction The lotus flower - considered sacred in Buddhism and Hinduism - is an aquatic plant belonging to the Nelumbonaceae family. More precisely, within this family we can distinguish two different species: The Nelumbo nucifera , better known as Asian lotus flower, sacred lotus , or Indian lotus ; The Nelumbo lutea , better known as the American lotus flower

Phytotherapy: the therapy of medicinal plants

What is phytotherapy? The term "phytotherapy" comes from the Greek "phytòn", which means "plant", but at the same time also "creature": it is curious how this double meaning hides a profound concept. The root, in fact, derives from the verb "phyto" (to generate and to be generated), which indicates the process of fertility, of creation: it is possible to notice an evident parallelism that unites a plant to being, that is, to man and life.