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Saturday, April 20, 2013

St. John's Wort is a Remedy for Over Eighty Diseases

St. John's Wort has sedative, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator and healing properties. But the most popular therapeutic property of this plant is the antidepressant. Impressive amount of St. John's worts are used annually for making medicines that treat the most common diseases worldwide: depression, heart disease, insomnia, hypertension, obesity and the tendency to gain weight. Herbalists in Europe, USA, China and Japan consider however, that both internally and externally, St. John's wort possesses healing virtues for well over eighty conditions, from liver and the stomach diseases, to conditions of the respiratory system. St. John's wort is a real pharmacy. The composition of the plant has over fifteen active compounds, such as valeric acid, saponins, choline, rutin, volatile oil, and galactose. These substances confer the plant many therapeutic qualities.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant that grows spontaneously in temperate zones, from sub-mountain regions to plains. It is a perennial (its root hibernate in winter, and at spring a new plant is born from it), rising to a meter tall, but most commonly with a height of 40-50 centimeters. Its yellow flowers and reddish-rust pointed leaves make St. John's wort is unmistakable. Its bloomed tips have the strongest therapeutic effects, as they contain several substances which, when macerated in water or alcohol, give these liquids a very characteristic reddish color.

Combats depression and sleep disorders
Treatments with St. John's wort infusions and tinctures are effective in nervous system diseases due the antidepressant and sedative effect of the hyperforin, a substance present in the plant’s composition. Infusions (two cups per day consumed within two to three months) work very well on people with depression. The effects can be seen after the first three weeks of treatment.

St. John's wort tincture combats fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep and sleepwalking. It is taken 15 drops per day, diluted in tea or water, three times daily. The treatment with St. John's Wort tincture lasts a minimum of 21 days and works for four types of depression: reactive depression caused by unpleasant events, biological depression (sometimes inherited), mental depression caused by loss of contact with reality, and winter depression specific to cold seasons, when natural light is reduced in duration and intensity.

Prevents emotional weight gain
The therapy to combat emotional weight gain fund seeks losing the extra kilos accumulated due to unpleasant events or problems with a stressful career. In this case, it a combined infusion of St. John's wort is recommended. It is prepared from a liter of water, in which in four tablespoons of plant are soaked. After eight hours, the preparation is filtered off and set aside. The plant left after the filtration is boiled in half a liter of water for five minutes and strained after cooled. Finally, the two extracts are mixed and a cup of the obtained infusion is consumed 30 minutes before the main meal. The treatment should be followed for four weeks, and repeated after a one month break.

It is the ally of the digestive system
The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent effects of the St. John's wort infusion and tincture are also helpful in liver disease (acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, ascites, hepatic cell degeneration, biliary dyskinesia). Take ten drops three times a day for 21 days. The tincture treatment must also include the every day consumption of St. John's wort tea, an infusion foot bath in the evening and a general infusion bath weekly. St. John's wort also combats hyperacidity gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, stomach cramps, intestinal worms and the lack of appetite. In such conditions it is recommended drinking St. John's wort tea three times a day.

Treats cardiovascular diseases
St. John's wort therapy has proven very effective in cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, heart and circulatory failure) and arthritis obliterans, varicose veins and varicose ulcers. Drink half a cup of St. John's wort tea three times a day, for one month.

It also has contraindications

The most important contraindication to the use of St. John's wort preparations address patients using synthetic drugs for depression, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy and against HIV. St. John's wort allergy manifests as stomach pain and skin rash. At the beginning of a St. John's wort therapy, these patients should only use a tenth of the normal dose and gradually increase the quantity, as recommended by a specialist. In addition, there are other side effects such as excessive sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, individuals taking St. John's wort should not be exposed to the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun during or immediately after a treatment with St John's wort is dangerous, as it can cause photoderma, manifested by redness, itching, skin swelling, and eyelids and lips swelling.

The recipe for St. John's wort syrup, a tonic for the nervous system, and a cure for regulating bile secretion is prepared from the following: 250 ml of concentrated infusion (obtained from two tablespoons of flower left to macerate in 250 ml of boiling water for ten minutes) and sugar syrup (prepared from 400 g of sugar and 250 ml of water). The syrup is used for a week (a spoon four times a day).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Remedies with Blackcurrant

The blackcurrant diet is useful against rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. The plant stimulates digestion, functions of the liver, pancreas, spleen, and kidneys. Because of its diuretic qualities, it is also useful for people suffering from oliguria.

Blackcurrants are also useful against tiredness and overwork and, because of its astringency, against diarrhea and dysentery. This diet is also recommended to plethoric and lymphatic people and to women who suffer from circulation disorders due to menopause.

Blackcurrant is a systemic anti-inflammatory agent with actions similar to natural cortisone for cutaneous, acute and chronic allergies, bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, and diabetic retinopathy. In external use, the mixtures from blackcurrant fruits are used for treating abcess, dermatosis, eczema, and insect stings. The mixtures from buds are used in urticaria.

Blackcurrant tea is prepared from two teaspoons of leaves cut into small pieces, soaked in 250 ml of boiled water. Drink three cups a day, between meals, in long diets of five to six months. Natural currant juice is obtained from 400 fruits and four big leaves. It can be consumed as is or diluted in 200-500 ml water, three or four times a day. It has beneficial effects against digestive inflammations and febrile states. Throat washes can be made with it more times a day for treating inflamed tonsils and throat aches.

The fruit decoct is obtained from a teaspoon of dried fruit to 250 ml of cold water. The composition is boiled with slight bubbling, left to infuse for 30 minutes, then filtered, after which the entire content is consumed during the day in three or four stages. Infusion of leaves is made from 10 grams to a liter of boiled water, and consumed daily in the morning and evening, before going to sleep. Decoct made from fresh or dried leaves is prepared from 30 grams of leaves to a liter of cold water. It is boiled on a weak fire to the first bubbling; it is then infused for 10 minutes and consumed in three or four cups a day. Combined with cataplasms of fresh crushed leaves, it is applied as an external dressing against wounds and other ulcerations.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Healing Virtues of Calendula

Beautiful pot marigolds, popularly known as Calendula or simply marigolds, are appreciated and valued as ornamental flowers, but especially for their therapeutic and culinary effects. Just a few people know that their leaves are very tasty and healthy in salads of raw vegetables, and their petals have the same properties as saffron. Since ancient times, pot marigolds were famous for their healing virtues, mainly for the stomach, intestines and liver. Moreover, in many parts of Europe, these plants are nicknamed “flower rain”, because they act as a barometer: the morning the flowers do not open their corolla between 6 and 7AM, it will rain.

Marigold flowers contain saponins, carotenoids, fatty acids, volatile oils and manganese salts. This chemical composition stimulates the functions of the liver and kidney, and helps in the absorption of calcium and iron. In addition, they have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and healing effects, and therefore are indicated for the treatment of infections, inflammation and skin lesions. Pot marigold products are recommended in the treatment of many diseases, such as hyperacid gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, liver disease, acne, leucorrhoea, burns, frostbite, purulent wounds, skin cancer, skin ulcers, breast cancer, skin diseases, fungus, osteoporosis, and the list goes on.

Internal remedies
Combined infusion for ulcers and gastritis:
These diseases are treated for eight weeks with a combined infusion prepared as follows: Macerate four tablespoons of flowers into 500 ml of water, for eight hours, and then filter. Add another 500 ml of water and boil for five minutes. After it cools down, mix the tea from the first and second filtering. Consume three cups of tea per day, unsweetened.

Fights colitis
A mixture of powder of pot marigold flowers and St. John’s Wort has proven to be a cure for both types of fermentation and putrefaction colitis. Four to six teaspoons per day is administered in cycles of three weeks. Abdominal cramps can also be treated with powder of the flowers, half a teaspoon before and after meals, until pain recedes.

Tincture, good for cholecystitis
Calendula tincture helps calm gallbladder crisis. Take a teaspoon of tincture diluted in water 15 minutes before each meal. Treatment must last three weeks and has anti-inflammatory effects on the gallbladder, regulates bile secretion, and supports its secretion into the duodenum. It also has a stimulating effect on digestion.

Remedies for external use
Lavage and compresses with Calendula tincture are beneficial for varicose ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Wash the affected area daily with a compress sprayed with tincture of pot marigold. To speed up healing, remove the compress after two hours and apply on the affected area an ointment containing Calendula. Marigold oil has healing, anti-inflammatory, soothing, antibacterial and antifungal effects. This oil is used as feedstock in the preparation of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (ointments, creams, gels, lotions, eggs). Pot marigolds are useful in treating warts. Use Calendula tincture or tea twice a day. Cover the area with a gauze. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Do you have heartburn? Drink Calendula tea!
Our stomach lining secretes acidic gastric juice containing pepsin, an enzyme that degrades proteins, hydrochloric acid to kill bacteria in the food and promote the action of the pepsin, and intrinsic factor (IF), a glycoprotein essential for the absorption of vitamin B12 in the small intestine. Sour sensations and heartburn are often only a transient acid hypersecretion caused by certain foods (fried fat, alcohol and others). If confronted with this issue, use a natural healer: Calendula tea. Soak a teaspoon of ground Calendula flowers in a cup of water (preferably spring water) for four to six hours at room temperature, or allow infusing for three to five minutes in boiling water. Drink four cups a day with small sips.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fennel - Therapeutic Qualities

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a sweet, aromatic, diuretic herb that relieves digestive problems, increases lactation, relaxes spasms, and reduces inflammation. Its leaves, stems, roots, seeds and oil are used for medical and culinary purposes.

Active ingredients
Essential oil: anethole, estrogal, fenchone, lipids, aleurona, sugars, mucilage, bitter substances.

Pharmaceutical action
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, sedative, diuretic, galactogog, expectorant, sudorific, antispasmodic.

Therapeutic indications
Asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, abdominal bloating, dyspepsia, enterocolitis, pancreatic insufficiency, hipogalactie, abdominal bloating, anorexia, abdominal colic.

The fennel has diuretic properties similar to those of parsley. Infusions (one pinch each of fennel seeds and aniseed in 250 ml boiling water, allow to infuse for 10 minutes) can be drunk three times a day by people who have fluid retention or arthritis (together with the treatment recommended by a physician). Phytotherapy specialists recommend a daily cup of the above infusion to improve vision, but also in compresses applied on tired or irritated eyes.

Fennel oil remedy for runny nose
Put some boiling water in a pot and add four to five drops of fennel oil. Lean over the vessel, wrapping your head with a towel, and do inhalations for two to three minutes,
once a day in the evening, for seven days. Wondering what to do with fennel? Consider this fennel slaw a fresh alternative to regular cabbage coleslaw. This is a fast, easy and fresh fennel salad recipe. The combination of mint and fennel creates a light and healthy
taste, and the naturally pronounced licorice taste of fennel is strongly muted by the vinaigrette, so that only a hint comes through.

Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette Recipe
1 large fennel bulb (or 2 medium bulbs)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons minced shallot or onion

Make the vinaigrette. Put the lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, sugar and mint in a blender and pulse briefly. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it is well combined. Using a mandoline, shave the fennel into 1/8 inch slices starting from the bottom of the bulb. Don’t worry about coring the fennel bulb, it’s unnecessary. If you don’t have a mandoline, slice the bulb as thin as you can. Chop some of the fennel fronds as well to toss in the salad. Toss with the fennel and marinate for at least an hour. Serve this salad either cold or at room temperature.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Secrets of the Snowdrop

Did you know that spring’s herald – the snowdrop, is an excellent remedy to treat diseases, some even serious?! A flower as small as it, is as controversial .Because, though it seems slender and thin, colored in pure white, the snowdrop is not commonly seen in many countries as it is in Romania. For example, while in Romania it is a symbol of hope and redemption from sin (as it appears under the thick layer of snow after heavy winter), in the U.K. it is believed that if you bring home a snowdrop, you may attract misfortune. Studied by specialists, it was discovered that snowdrops can be helpful in treating diseases.

An infusion of dry snowdrops (leaves, stems and flowers) is an excellent remedy to combat cramps and relaxes the muscles. In ancient times, at the countryside, people put snowdrops in pools to relieve rheumatic pains. Externally, snowdrop flower infusions are great to treat the pain of varicose veins.

Galantamine is extracted from snowdrops. Among other substances, galantamine is present in the composition of drugs used in treating Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia.

Snowdrop decoction is used as a remedy for certain vaginal diseases. If you want to get rid of vaginal candidiasis, prepare a decoction of snowdrops (simmer for 15 minutes 30 grams of dried flowers and leaves in 1.5 liters of water) and use it for local washes.

Compresses with snowdrop infusion (flowers and leaves) do wonders for the skin, especially when the signs of aging (stains) appear. Applied at night on a clean face (single, or combined with lemon juice or infusion of parsley), the snowdrop infusion soothes, reduces blemishes and freckles.

Do not use the bulb!
If you want to enjoy the therapeutic effects of snowdrop, use it only dry, otherwise the plant can be toxic! For the same reason, the bulb is never used.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Are you anemic? Does your neck hurt? Try remedies with onions!

Did you know that onion juice is helpful to relieve pain? Consumed raw, as infusion or tincture, the onion is one of the food-medicines.

Tincture remedy for angina pectoris
Do you feel a sharp chest pain? Do you have difficulties breathing? The onion tincture is a good remedy for angina pectoris. The tincture is prepared from two small onions, sliced and soaked for 10 days in 100 ml of 70° alcohol. After 10 days filter the mixture and take two teaspoons of tincture (in a little water) before lunch and dinner.

Another treatment for angina pectoris is the mixture of onion, garlic, lemon juice and honey. Take a larger red onion, peal it and cut it, then do the same with a clove of garlic. Add the juice from a lemon and seven to eight tablespoons of honey. Let the mixture soak for three days in one liter of boiled water. Take a teaspoon of this mixture three times a day to reduce the symptoms.

Tip: Onion tincture is also indicated for fatigue, rheumatism and atherosclerosis.

Onion wine keeps you away from colds
More than ever, during the winter we should take care of the immune system. For cough, sore throats and colds you can try onion wine. In a one liter jar put 250-300 grams of minced onion over 100 grams of honey, and add white wine to fill the jar. Cover the jar and leave the mixture for two weeks, then squeeze the wine and take 50 ml three times daily before meals. Onion wine is a good remedy against fatigue and anemia. To get rid of fatigue, take three tablespoons onion wine per day, before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tip: Onion wine can be helpful for cardiovascular diseases, as it is a heart tonic.

Decoction stimulates blood circulation
Are your hands and feet are always cold, whatever the season? A good treatment of peripheral circulatory failure is the decoction of onions. You can cook four to six onions, boiling them in a liter of water for 10-15 minutes, and then add 50 grams of honey. To stimulate blood circulation, you can drink one or two cups per day. For the same problem, onion juice is also indicated; you can get it by squeezing or crushing a few onions. You can also add honey. The mixture must be kept in the refrigerator for several hours. You can take 50 grams of juice daily for a month, and then take a week break.

Tip: Onion juice is a good remedy in cases of constipation or bloating.

What else can you treat with onions?
- Poultices with onions baked in the oven are applied in case of abscess, boil, frostbite and tonsillitis;
- Poultices with raw onion can be a good remedy for treating rheumatic pain, migraines and menstrual pain;
- Onion juice is a good treatment for thrush, freckles or warts.

Onions lowers the "bad" cholesterol
The onion has many therapeutic effects because of its vitamins composition (C, B1, B2, B6, E, PP, and folic acid), minerals (phosphorus, iodine, selenium, zinc), amino acids, sulfur compounds, essential oils, phytohormones, pectin, cellulose, enzymes and organic acids. Onions have a stimulating effect working as a bowel-cleanser, it purifies the blood (in allergies, gout), it is antiseptic at digestive and respiratory level, lowers blood sugar and the “bad" cholesterol, and stimulates appetite. Remedies made from onions help prevent colon, gastric and skin cancer. Onions are a good remedy to relieve fluid retention and help in hormonal disorders. Finally, onions are a nervous system tonic.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Five diseases treated with sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Having refreshing properties, being rich in vitamin content, and with beneficial action on blood vessels, the sea buckthorn can replace some drugs and can successfully defeat disease.

Heals skin diseases
Sea buckthorn oil is very effective in treating skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, burns, and itching. It protects against UV radiation, and its content of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K nourishes and revitalizes the skin. The oil is applied externally to the affected area two to three times a day, but can also be taken internally, one teaspoon three times a day.

Fights stress
Sea buckthorn oil has beneficial effects against stress. It is rich in phosphorus and calcium, as well as B and C vitamins (it has the highest content of vitamin C after rosehip). For those overloaded physically or intellectually, it is recommended 20 drops of sea buckthorn oil three times daily, or 4-5 tablespoons of fresh (or frozen) fruit mixed with honey.

Removes anemia
Because of its richness in vitamins and minerals, the sea buckthorn is considered a natural multivitamin. People in recovery or suffering from anemia, children over seven years, women who want to strengthen their body can take a one month diet with fresh fruit or juice. Squeeze the fruit, and the juice is immediately mixed with honey. Allow it to soak in the fridge for 24 hours, and then take one cup in the morning on an empty stomach.

Treats Hepatitis
The same juice is beneficial also in case of acute or chronic liver disease because sea buckthorn underbrush is a good liver incentive. Take 5-6 tablespoons of juice per day, concentrate, or diluted with water if you do not like its sour taste.

Strengthens the heart
Sea buckthorn lowers cholesterol, preventing the hardening of the arteries. It also contains a large amount of antioxidants, protecting the heart and blood vessels. To these two properties is added its anticoagulant effect. Therefore, the sea buckthorn is recommended also for cardiovascular diseases (including hypertension, atherosclerosis, and Raynaud's syndrome). Drink three to four tablespoons of sea buckthorn syrup daily. The syrup is obtained through cold pressing, diluted with water or other liquids.