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We live surrounded by plants and herbs that would normally ignore, as if it were simply an inert and static scene. However, many of these plants, which are of course part of our nature, in which we live, contain many elements that can be used beneficially for our health, either to prevent several diseases and conditions as fully cure many other.
In this paper, we focus our attention on the properties of Olive . Let’s start!
What is Olive ?
El Olivo is a plant well known, so obviously some features that identify it. However, some data on its composition may be useful in order to recognize this plant, if we use their properties.
El Olivo has its origin in the coasts of the countries belonging to the Mediterranean Sea area, cultivated particularly dry areas, where they grow wild if conditions are appropriate.
The parts that we find useful, in association with medicinal properties are leaves, fruits, in particular, and the bark of the plant.
What are the properties of the Olive?
1. Blood Pressure
It has been demonstrated that infusion of dried leaves of the olive tree produces a hypotensive effect (lowers blood pressure) in the body.
When consumed, causes blood vessels to dilate, allowing better blood circulation, which is why low pressure.
Olive oil is used as a laxative, when it is consumed on an empty stomach. People who suffer from constipation, are often encouraged to consume products from this plant.
3. Skin Problems
Finally, one of the most interesting properties is its power dermatological Olivo, to cure many ailments and skin problems, such as sores, wounds, etc..
For this application, it is advisable to mix the olive oil together with water and gently use the affected areas. This will provide moisture.
The lesser centaury is a medicinal plant that grows in the form every two years and is called binomial Centaurium umbellatum. One of the characteristics typical of the smaller centaury stem having along its length several pairs of small light-colored wings. In the smaller centaury Ahuevado are shaped leaves. The leaves of this plant can grow directly from the stem or base of the plant.
Lesser centaury flowers, moreover, have rather short stalks and always grow in the summer months. At the time of collecting the smaller centaury plant for medicinal purposes it is best to take the flowers that give the plant (you have to dry them immediately). To further exploit the advantages of lesser centaury medicinally recommend storing this plant in small bags or sealed bags.
The chemical composition of the smaller centaury includes items such as various alkaloids, potassium salts, tannins, bitter glycosides magnesium. The main medicinal actions of lower centaury are diuretic, antipyretic, hypoglycemic, and general snack. It is also very good at stimulating the secretions of the digestive system. In different parts of the world is used less for their properties centaury in diabetes, rheumatism, fever and cholesterol high.
One can make medicinal preparations based on smaller centaury infusion. Lesser centaury infusion is prepared with only 30 grams of this herb per liter of water. This herb also can be exploited in powder form. The recommended dose is between 2 and 4 gr per day. One of the great advantages of the smaller centaury can also be used externally.
The family Euphorbiaceae of medicinal plants that we find most interesting is what is called litmus . This species, also known as Chrozophora tinctoria, has a particular light green color and a good amount of hair along its entire length. The heyday of litmus always coincide with the summer months.
To make a medicinal use of litmus is recommended to extract the juice that gives the plant and store. Classically, the litmus always been used as a dye for textiles (especially to change the color of the wool and silk). Sunflower seeds are excellent for fever, acute cases of vomiting improve and eliminate symptoms associated with fever.
The sunflower seeds as formerly, he had a preparation process too complex. In fact, just about 20-30g separated seeds of sunflower and were taken in the morning (especially on an empty stomach). The form of litmus seed management, moreover, should be done on alternate days.
Currently, one of the most practical utility for the preparation of litmus is a dye. The tincture of litmus, despite having no medical use, it is appropriate to prepare the known role of litmus or to make natural dyes. Those who want to try a recipe of tincture of litmus only need 50g of pasta previously pulverized litmus alcohol per 100 cc (85 o). After heating the mixture to a boil, let it rest then repeat the procedure once or twice more. At the end of the process must filter all content and add a little hydrochloric acid. It can be stored in a jar with cotton.
Maritime cress is a medicinal plant belonging to the cruciferous family and can reach heights of 60 to 70cm. The branches of this plant grow storey, while the flowers bouquets order as a more or less large. The fruits of sea cress is a rather small and have a beak-shaped termination.
The typical growth zone are sea cress land bordering rocky coasts and seas. In the process of collection that is made ??from sea cress what is most important are the flowers of the plant. After making the collection of this herb is recommended to proceed to drying and storage (always protected from light).
The main therapeutic effects are associated with sea cress cure and improvement of various disorders of the urinary system. Thus the sea cress is an excellent diuretic, improves kidney stones and, in ancient times helped to combat gonorrhea. While this plant has no side effects or has the least level of toxicity, if it finds any unusual symptoms after taking the doctor should be consulted.
To take advantage of sea cress best we can do is prepare a natural infusion. If we make an infusion of this herb only need about 30 grams of herb per liter of water. After we bring to a boil let it sit a few minutes, filter content (remove plant debris) and drink. To enhance the flavor of this infusion of maritime cress can add a little sweetener. As this plant no recommended maximum security, we drink the amount that we feel like (preferably, distributing the dose throughout the day evenly).
The sage is a woody medicinal plant that has leaves kind of a good size and jagged edges. The binomial name that corresponds to the sage is that of Salvia officinalis. The plant flowers are blue salvia. One of the features that draw attention to the sage is that the stamens of the plant are grouped in pairs. The flowering of this species, moreover, takes place in the months of spring .
If we are interested in collecting sage for medicinal purposes should go for the leaves of the plant (we may also collect some flowers). The best time to collect the samples of this plant is in the morning (even better if the day is sunny). To keep this plant does not have to have any special care. The chemical composition of sage includes components such as cineole, borneol, resins, phosphoric acid, asparagine and tannic materials.
The main medical uses currently made ??from sage are the remedy for diarrhea, cramps and ear problems. Sage is an antiseptic par excellence, but also has a snack and hypoglycemic qualities. If you want to prepare an infusion made ??of sage need only about 20 grams of herb per liter of water. After heating this mixture for at least 15 minutes must pass filtering the content. The recommended dose of this tea is 3 cups per day. Those who wish to use the salvia in the form of essence may take the form of drops. We recommend taking 10 drops a day (spread over three different shots). This species can also be prepared for easy making dyes in combination with alcohol solution.
The tomato is a medicinal plant that has stems averaging meter long (although there are some varieties that can reach four meters). The binomial name that receives the plant tomato Solanum lycopersicum is the. The stems of tomato plants have a lot of ramifications and have fine hairs that cover (from bottom to top).
Tomato flowers are arranged in the form of clusters, while the fruits of the tomato plant are known. The period of prosperity for the tomato plant takes place in the months of spring (though it can last until well into the fall). The tomato plant level provides benefits to the circulatory system, but also very good for digestive problems to solve. People who have dental problems can also see benefit from some of the components found in the chemical composition of this species.
For its complete content of vitamins (has vitamin A, C and several B-complex) is a food with good nutritional value. In the chemical composition of this species we found a large amount of water (almost 90% of the tomato), and citric acids, carbohydrates and nitrogenous substances. For excellent vitamin C content of tomato fruit is indicated in cases of scurvy.
Traditional consumption of the fruit that gives the tomato plant is natural. With the tomatoes do not need to make preparations as a decoction, given that we can consume raw (in salads) or cooked as part of sauces, stews and casseroles. It is important to eat only tomatoes that are more mature (have a deep red color, unlike the immature, they still have green and yellow parts).
The olive tree is a medicinal plant that is part of the family Oleaceae. This species has a thick trunk rather irregularly. The name that corresponds to the binomial tree olive tree is the Olea europea. The leaves of olive trees are irregular in shape and pointed ends. Olive flowers are white and small size.
The flowering season occurs in late winter and early spring . When making the olive harvest usually puts a greater emphasis on the fruit of this tree (which is known as oil, or olive). The olives can reach sizes of up to 4cm long. Depending on the time of collection may have a dark green or black. The taste is bitter olives. In the chemical composition of the olive tree are elements such as oleuropein, tannins, resins, glucose and other components.
One of the most appreciated are the fruit of the olive oils can be extracted from the olives. The olive tree is a tree that has many properties. The main ones are antiseptic, astringent and natural remedy for cases of hypertension. While the form of consumption of the olive tree is the natural (in the case of olives) can also take advantage of the virtues of the leaves of this species.
If we are to make a tea olive can use about 40g of leaves of this plant for each liter of water we are going to prepare. This mixture should be boiled for about 20 minutes and filtered. The recommended dose of olive leaf tea is up to 3 cups a day. Olive oil, moreover, is an excellent cardiovascular protector and helps reduce levels of cholesterol in blood.
The banana is a plant with medicinal uses different high nutritional value. This species, which is part of the family of Musa and is called binomial Musa sapientum, can reach heights over 10 meters with good sized flowers. The typical growth area for the banana tree are the land in warm and tropical climates. The most common flowering season for this plant occurs in the months of spring . The main concern of the banana plant is the fruit (known by the name of the plant itself or as “bananas”).
The good thing is that banana is a plant that is available for most of the year and can be utilized as basic nutrient. In its chemical composition are good amounts of carbohydrates, minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. Also, this plant has fluorine, iodine and magnesium. The banana fruit also contains several B vitamins
The main medicinal uses can be made ??from the banana plant are the antidiarrheal medicine, digestive and remineralizing. To take full advantages of the banana as a nutrient and natural healing is not needed any preparation. The banana, in fact, can be consumed in its raw state perfectly. It can be eaten alone, in salads mixed with other sweet fruits or liquefied form. It is important, when to eat bananas, take care that the fruit is mature enough inside to completely enjoy all the nutritional properties offered by this food (we can recognize when a banana is ripe for its shell: it becomes dark brown with small pints in the form of points, otherwise it will be green or yellow).
The wheat is a species that includes a wide variety of different subgenres. The most widespread variety is now known under the name of Triticum aestivum. The wheat grows annually and can reach heights of up to one meter. The ductility of the huge plant wheat makes this species can be cultivated without any drawbacks anywhere in the world.
The flowering season for the wheat plant is concentrated in the months of spring and summer (harvest the fruit of this plant, moreover, should be held in early summer). In the chemical composition of wheat found a high percentage of starch (over 70%), lots of protein and some fat.
Wheat is used by mankind since ancient times. Highlights its high nutritional value and their numerous applications for medicinal purposes. It is reported that besides being a good nutrient, wheat is an excellent remedy to reach a natural laxative and febrifuge par excellence. Wheat can be eaten whole or you can take advantage of properties of the seed coat separately (which is known as wheat bran). Wheat bran can be added to soups, smoothies, juices and smoothies to increase its nutritional power and facilitate intestinal transit.
The traditional form of consumption for wheat is in the form of bread. Wheat Based prepare all types of dough and food from flour resulting from milling wheat grain. As wheat preparations we can consume high nutritional practices no home remedies are usually made ??based on this herb (just use their qualities in a traditional staple food).
The mauve belongs to the category of medicinal plants that grow and develop every two years. Also known as the binomial of Malva sylvestris, this species is characterized by growth in atypical sites such as roadsides, walls and rural sites. The stem of the plant purple type is woody. In the mallow leaves can be found lobular divisions jagged.
The recommended harvest time for the purple (if we want to make a medicinal use of this kind) is around the months prior to flowering (summer). The collection is made of this plant should be very careful and it is important to make the drying process without missing too long. The mauve flowers are a good percentage of mucilage and vitamins (especially vitamin A, B1 and C).
Mallow is a very popular plant in the world for its positive effects in the treatment of cystitis and obesity. Besides being a very good remedy to have diuretic and laxative properties, mallow is a powerful remedy balsamic. To take full benefits of the mallow can make different preparations. One of the classic preparations we can do is base mallow decoction. To make a decoction of mallow need about 3 g of herb per cup of boiling water to go. After heating for about five minutes we let it sit and drink.
With the mauve can also make a handy juice. By extracting the juice from the flowers of the plant can get a powerful remedy for insect bites. The decoction for external use of this plant, on the other hand, prepares both the leaves and the flowers (used as a mouthwash, gargle and cleaning wounds).