05
dec
2016

chamomile

Chamomile or camomile (/ˈkæmɵml/ KAM-ə-meel or /ˈkæmɵml/ KAM-ə-myl)is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae that are commonly used to make herb infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. Popular uses of chamomile preparations include treating hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasm, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorder, and hemorrhoids.
The word "chamomile" derives, via French and Latin, from Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaimēlon), i.e. "earth apple", from χαμαί (khamai) "on the ground" and μῆλον (mēlon) "apple".

Chamomile has been used for inflammation associated with hemorrhoids when topically applied.There is Level B evidence that chamomile possesses anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties and could be used to treat stress and insomnia . Chemical components of chamomile extract have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycemic, antigenotoxic, and anticancer properties when examined in vitro and in animal studies.

Major chemical compounds present within chamomile include apigenin and alpha-bisabolol.Other compounds in chamomile include: sesquiterpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, coumarins such as herniarin and umbelliferone, phenylpropanoids such as chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, flavones such as apigenin and luteolin, flavanols such as quercetin and rutin, and polyacetylenes. Apigenin has demonstrated chemopreventive effects against cancer cells in the laboratory, and alpha-bisabolol has been shown to have antiseptic properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and reduces pepsin secretion without altering secretion of stomach acid.

Anticancer effect – Studies have shown that chamomile extracts have in vitro growth inhibitory effects on cancer cells in skin, prostate, breast, ovarian, prostate cancer cell lines with minimal effects on normal cells.

Anticoagulant effect – Coumarin compounds in chamomile such as herniarin and umbelliferone may have blood-thinning properties. However the mechanism is not well understood.

Antiinflammatory effect – Several chemical constituents of chamomile such as bisabolol, chamazulene, apigenin, and loteolin possess anti-inflammatory properties although exact mechanism is not well characterized.

Antimicrobial effects – Chamazulene, alpha-bisabolol, flavonoids, and umbelliferone have antifungal activities. A number of in vitro studies showed chamomile’s antimycobacteria activity, inhibition of the growth of poliovirus and herpes virus, blockage of aggregation of Helicobacter pylori and numerous strains of Escherichia coli. Chamomile oil was demonstrated in studies to be effective against gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus salivarius, and Bacillus species.

Antispasmodic/antidiarrheal effects – Bisabolol and flavonoids have demonstrated antispasmodic effects in animal experiments. In human studies, chamomile tea in combination with other herbs (vervain, licorice, fennel, balm mint) was shown to be effective in treating colic in children. Flavonoids and coumarins are considered smooth muscle relaxants.

Because chamomile has been known to cause uterine contractions that can invoke miscarriage, the U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends that pregnant and nursing mothers not consume Roman chamomile

Chamomile is frequently added to skin cosmetics to serve as an emollient, and for its anti-inflammatory effects. Chamomile is also often used to enhance the color of blonde hair

23
aug
parsley

Parsley

Its leaves are rich in vitamins and becomes good more or less in every dish that requires a fresh taste!

The peasant wisdom advised her to rub a sprig of parsley on a puncture wound and stings to relieve pain.

This map is also useful to relieve menstrual pains that often put KO many women and against high blood pressure simply by drinking an infusion of parsley seeds in hot water.

An infusion is also useful in case of intestinal gas.

19
may
echte-aloe

Echte Aloe

Die Echte Aloe (Aloe vera) ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung der Aloen (Aloe) in der Unterfamilie der Affodillgewächse (Asphodeloideae). Das Artepitheton vera stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet ‚wahr

Aloe vera wächst stammlos oder mit kurzen Stämmen, ist sprossend und bildet dichte Gruppen. Der Stamm erreicht einen Umfang von bis zu 30 Zentimeter. Die etwa 16 lanzettlich-verjüngten Laubblätter sind dicht rosettig am Stamm angeordnet. Ihre 40 bis 50 Zentimeter lange und 6 bis...

25
jun
raspberry

Raspberry

Very fragile fruit, but yummy!!

Thanks to their vitamin C content, raspberries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties of the respiratory tract; only recently, thanks to recent scientific studies, came to light, especially with regard to the variety of dark raspberries, anticancer properties of this delicious fruit.

Even the leaves of raspberry, as rich in tannins, have healing properties that can bring benefits to our health: an infusion with its leaves is very useful against...

11
feb
how-to-make-soap

How to make Soap

Make scented soap is simple and also you can rediscover the pleasure of doing from you that these days does not hurt your wallet, health and the environment.

How to make SOAP at home, here are the necessary ingredients:

- animal or vegetable oils and fats
- lye (seems environmentally unsound but it is not!)
- distilled water or tap water (only if no chlorine and without limestone)

As utensils you will need:

- an electronic scale
- a stainless steel pot
- a meat thermometer that goes from...

25
jul
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05
nov
bergamot

Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has the fresh, sweet, citrus scent that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.

While the distinctive fruit of the bergamot (bergamotto of Italy, bergamote of France) is sometimes referred to as an orange, its resemblances to the oranges are so remote or lacking that it seems best to employ the European...