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Avocado

Persea Americanan

Origin

Native to Central America, avocado is also grown for its fruits in the tropics and subtropics of Israel, Span, and South Africa.

 

In herbal medicine, we use several parts of the avocado so, the leaves and the bark cure the digestive disorders and cough its fruit (the avocado) also many medicinal virtues. In Guatemala, for example, the pulp, believed to promote hair growth, is also prescribed as a dewormer and against diarrhea.

Curative Action

Herpes

Extracts of the avocado leaf stop the proliferation of the herpes virus, responsible for painful vesicular eruptions.

 

Stimulates menstrual flow

Leaves and bark leaves and bark of young stems stimulate menstruation and can interrupt pregnancy. Leaves treat diarrhea, bloating, liver occlusions and calm coughs. They lower the rate of acid unique, responsible for gout.

 

Fruit

The skin of the fruit has a vermifuge effect. The pulp of the avocado would be aphrodisiac. In external application, it refreshes and softens the skin, cures festering wounds and accelerates the growth of the hair.

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Papaya

Carica Papaya

Origin

It is a plant native to Central America introduced and cultivated around villages and in African gardens. The medical uses of Papaya are varied, but we distinguished three main properties: anti-icteric (all parts of the plant: leaves, fruits and barks, deworming (fruit latex), diuretics (roots and leaves) for jaundice, a treatment in Senegal involves boiling a green fruit cooked with chicken, and adding roots Tinospora bakis is an unappetizing drug that is effective for eating out.

Uses of Papaya​

  • Icteries

  • Can be served as a meal: Cook a green fruit or 10g of root bark with chickenWorms

  • To get rid of pinworm and roundworms: take 4 to 8 grams of fresh latex for children and double for adults, then take a laxative to eliminate worms

Curative Action

The trunk bark used in Cameroon in jaundice has been studied in detail. An extract has been tested on animals in a jaundiced state caused by saponosides. The clearance of jaundice occurred quickly, due to the Carica Papaya extract.

 

The substances responsible for this action seem to be sugars, in particular xylitol, which increases the resistance of red blood cells to hemolysis. This experience confirms the use in traditional medicine.

 

The proteolytic enzyme papain contained in the latex of the plant has been used for a very long time in the treatment of helminthiases.

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Periwinkle

Catharanthus Roseus

Origin 

Imported plant, Madagascar periwinkle is little used by African traditional healers. It is reported as decoction antidiabetic, an indication for which it was widely used in Madagascar. It is trying to verify this action that Canadian researchers have discovered the antimitotic action of the aerial parts of this plant, while the root contains an alkaloid responsible for the antihypertensive action

It is a perennial plant up to 50cm tall. The pink or white flowers have a corolla with lobes shaped wheel. The leaves are simple and opposite. The roots are very developed. This plant is grown as ornamental in all urban gardens and is easily grown in sandy soils.

Use of periwinkle:

  • Relives tension by: mixing 5 grams of the powdered roots in 150ml of water and drinking this in the morning on an empty stomach.

  • Reduces the chances of having Diabetes: drink a decoction of 30g of periwinkle leaves in one litre of water for a day.

Curative Action

The periwinkle of Madagascar is the plant that has given rise to the greatest number of works in the last twenty years. The alkaloids responsible for the antidiabetic action have been isolated and it has been discovered in the aerial parts two very antimitotic alkaloids currently used in leukemia. The root contains an indole alkaloid ajmalicin responsible for antihypertensive action.

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Cherry

Prunus Cerasus

Origin 

The cherry tree is native to the Middle East and was introduced to France in 1585 by Jean Morelot. It is to King Louis XV that we owe his extensive cultivation, for his fruit and his wood, famous end and the cherry was used in ancient times by the Greeks to treat gout.

 

At the Middle Ages, the cherry tail was recommended to facilitate the evacuation of urine. Subsequently, it was used the Roman Legionaries who used it as a tonic during major battles. However, today, cherry tails are mostly used for the treatment of urinary and intestinal diseases, and they are also used in the treatment of arthritis.

It was also used in slimming cures, decorations and herbal teas. One of the most widespread indications concerns its diuretic and depurative action. The recent uses of the cherry tail in herbal medicine concern the treatment of edemas (retention of water/fluid in the body), urinary stones and mild hypertension

The cherry tree is a plant of 2 to 8 m tall with straight trunk and upright habit, its bark is gray and smooth and is renewed by exfoliation. Its branches are spread out and its leaves are toothed, green and shiny. The inflorescence is a pseudo-umbel, with white flowers and its fruits (drupes) are pedunculated (the peduncle, brownish green and measuring about 4 cm, is called cherry tail), red and white.

It contains a spherical nucleus. The cherry tree is cultivated on ordinary, non-clay soils up to 1000 m altitude, a perennial plant that blooms only once a year, usually between 15 March and April 15. Two types of cherries can be distinguished: the sweet (soft and soft pulp, used in making of kirsch) and the biggarreaux (firm and crisp, pulp, consumed as fruit of the mouth).

Uses of Cherries:

  • The tails of cherries are used, usually, in infusion or decoction.

 

  • For use as a diuretic, you must soak a handful of cherry tails in 1 litre of water and let them macerate overnight. In the morning, the whole is boiled for four minutes, and then allowed to infuse about twenty minutes, out of the fire. You filter the decoction (keep cool), which can be drunk for one or two days.

 

  • In capsules, the powder of the cherry tails is taken at the time of the meals, accompanied with a big glass of water, at the rate of 2 capsules in the morning and 2 capsules at midday. In case of need, the dose can be brought to 5 capsules a day.

Curative Action

Internal Use

  • Improves intestinal function: mild laxative effect soothes inflammation of the urinary tract: cystitis, gout.

 

  • Facilitates the evacuation of urine, water and toxins: diuretic and depurative properties. Has an anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory effect on the liver and stomach: regulating effect.

Usual Therapeutic indications

  • Urinary disorders and other disorders (gout, cystitis, inflammation, renal colic), digestive, problems (laxative effect).

 

  • Facilitates the evacuation of water and waste (diuretic), stimulates kidney function, relieves arthritis-related pain, and helps weight loss.

 

  • Improves liver function (antioxidant and anti-flammatory)

 

  • Offers a diuretic action (elimination of urine thanks to its high potassium content)

 

  • Facilitates digestion (presence of fibre in large amounts in pulp)

 

  • Relieves patients with cardiovascular problems (reduces inflammation and allows muscle recovery)

 

  • Slows the growth of cancer cells (action of phenolic compounds)

 

  • Prevents the appearance of cancerous tumours (anthocyanins actions contained in the pulp)

 

  • Inhibits the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL) from 70 to 99%.

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Lemon

Citrus Limon

Origin and Uses

The lemon tree is believed to have originated in India. Cultivated in Europe from the 3rd century BC, it is now widespread in the Mediterranean and subtropical climate regions of the world. It is propagated by sowing in spring, on the well drained and very exposed to the sun. The fruits are harvested in winter, when their vitamin C content is at maximum.

The lemon is a major natural remedy, a common food with many medicinal properties, a high content of vitamin C, promoting resistance to infections, making it a valuable ally against colds and flu preventively in a case of gastritis, circulatory problems and arteriosclerosis (thickening of the arterial walls).

Use of lemons:

  • Fights against the cold: mix 20ml of lemon juice and 50ml of hot water. Add a crushed garlic clove and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Drink three times a day.

Curative Action

Established Properties

Once digested, the lemon has an alkaline effect, which makes it effective in the case of rheumatism favoured by acidity. The essential oil is antiseptic and antibacterial. Flavonoids strengthen the inner lining blood vessels and promote the disappearance of vances and the resorption of hematoma.

 

Preventive Action

Lemon is a remarkable preventative remedy; its antiseptic and depurative property make it a valuable ally for people prone to arteriosclerosis, fevers and infectious diseases (stomach, liver and of the intestine). Its action on the lining of the blood vessels helps to prevent circulatory disorders and gingival bleeding. It is also an excellent tonic effective against certain chronic diseases.

 

Toning of venous walls

The fruit and the white skin prevent arteriosclerosis, callipary fragility and vances.

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Garlic

Allium sativum

Origin and Uses

Garlic is grown and eaten in almost every region of the world because of its taste, of course, but also because of its myriad of benefits. It is found in abundance in Chinese cuisine or that of the perimeter of the Mediterranean basin.

The bulb of garlic consists of several cloves wrapped in a parchment\shape tunic usually about five centimeters high and as wide.

Nutritional benefits of Garlic

  • Garlic is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B and C.

  • It is rich in manganese, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, and Iron.

  • It also contains amino acids, essential oils, glycosides, and there are traces of germanium, selenium and tellurium.

 

  • Garlic like the onion, contains the leek, chives and shallot, some phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. It has a total of twelve types of antioxidants.

 

  • It is one of those super foods that cooking does not lose its medicinal properties. It can be consumed in raw vegetable juice.

The Therapeutic Virtues of Garlic Juice

The health benefits presented by garlic revolves around its antimicrobial properties.

Garlic is effective not only against bacteria but also against fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses, certain fungal infections etc.

It acts as a natural antibiotic and stimulates immunity. Its antioxidant properties make it more an ally to prevent damages caused in the body by free radicals.

It must be consumed two - three pods a day to receive its beneficial properties

Benefits

  • Helps Prevents Cancer

  • Garlic has anticancer properties that makes it a good ally to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers such as those affecting the stomach and colon.

  • Help prevent colds

  • If you feel a cold coming, take one or two cloves of garlic to fight it then eat garlic if the cold is already in place. Garlic relieves congestion and promotes a quick cure.

  • Contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

  • Garlic juice contributes significantly to reducing the oxidation of blood cholesterol, the formation of our atheroma plaque and therefore the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

  • Helps to regulate the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes

  • Take one clove of garlic a day helps to lower blood sugar levels.

  • Helps to treat encephalitis

  • Garlic, taken in large doses- under medical observation of course- is known to help heal some forms of encephalitis.

  • Helps treat Fungal infection

  • Consumption of raw garlic juice is effective in treating fungal infections such as athlete’s foot or certain ear infection. Garlic juice can also be applied locally for soothing and itching.

  • Helps fight high blood pressure

  • By helping to clean the arteries of their deposits, garlic helps regulate blood pressure.

  • Helps prevents some peptic ulcers

  • Garlic is effective in preventing a bacterial infection that causes many peptic ulcers.

  • Helps cleanse the body

  • The sulfur compounds in garlic help to detoxify the blood, get rid of lead and other heavy metals.

  • Helps relieve bloating

  • Even when taken in small amounts, garlic can help relieve people who are prone to bloating

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Tumeric

Curcuma Longa

Origin and Uses

Turmeric, and more particularly its rhizome (the underground part), is used not only as a food spice, but also as a medicinal plant since time immemorial in China and India, traces of which are found in Sanskrit writings dating back to 4000 BC, turmeric is one of the essential elements of Ayurvedic medicine, and traditional medicines from China, Thailand and Indonesia have also used it for centuries to stimulate.

The arrival of turmeric in Europe corresponds to that of the curries brought back by British from their Indian Empire, so the recognition of its medicinal properties is recent in the West. Digestive disorders are nonetheless recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Commission E, the German Scientific e validate the medicinal properties of plants. The history of turmeric is also written in the future as a lot of scientific research is underway, particularly on the effects of its main components, curcumin, the prevention and treatment of certain cancers.

 

Turmeric is usually reduced to its rhizome, like ginger. It is first a short-stemmed perennial, measuring between 60 and 100cm, and native to South Asia. The turmeric genius, a close cousin of the banana tree, made of about forty varieties that have in common lanceolate leaves and a gnarled rhizome with bright yellow or orange flesh. The turmeric flowers can be of different colours, in this case pale yellow for those of turmeric longa, used in herbal medicine.

Use of turmeric:

  • Powder, daily consumption of turmeric can vary between 1.5 and 3 g, about the equivalent of a teaspoon.

  • An infusion is prepared in ten to fifteen minutes with 1.5 or 2 g of turmeric infused in 150ml of boiling water. The dosage is two cups each day. In the dyeing, the daily dosage is 10ml.

  • A poultice can be prepared by mixing turmeric powder with a little water.

  • In case of inflammation, one can absorb the standardized extract of curcumoids, at the rate of 300 0r 400 mg three times a day.

Curative Action

Internal Use

Stimulant: turmeric fights against gastric acidity by stimulating mucus secretions, It protects the stomach (including peptic ulcers) and the liver, reduces nausea.

 

Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin helps rhizome treat intestinal inflammation and the limit painful attacks in ulcerative colitis. Curcumin is also effective against gastritis, pancreatitis and rheumatoid arthritis, and useful in the case of postoperative edema.

 

Blood Fluidifier: Turmeric helps treat circulatory problems and, as a result, reduce the risk od stroke and heart attack.

Antioxidant: turmeric is used in the prevention of aging cells.

 

External Use

 

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory: turmeric can be applied as a poultice to teat pathologies such eczema, psoriasis or mycoses.

 

Digestive disorders: dyspepsia, stomach upset, nausea, loss of appetite, heaviness and bloating, protection of the stomach and liver, pain related to inflammation of the bowel, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis or pancreatitis.

 

Dermatological problems: eczema, mycoses, psoriasis

 

 

How to consume turmeric?

You'll find powdered turmeric or turmeric roots which is a lot more efficient because it's a fresh product. If you opt for a turmeric root, remove it, preferably because it is sometimes a little hard. In all cases, whether powdered or root, you can enjoy turmeric soup, sauce, juice, salad, with vegetables and even tea. The particularity of turmeric is that it can be eaten shredded, cooked, raw, sautéed… Turmeric recipes are relatively numerous, so you will have no excuse to incorporate it in your daily diet.

Benefits

1. Turmeric would prevent the appearance of certain cancers

By fighting the oxidative stress responsible for cellular degeneration and against inflammation, it would act to prevent certain cancers (ENT, lung and breast). Curcumin, present in turmeric, even has positive effects in the treatment of certain cancers.

 

2. Turmeric is good for the brain

Curcumin, along with turmeric, another component of turmeric, is said to have positive effects on the brain, a promising molecule to regenerate damaged cells in the brain in neurological diseases, especially in Alzheimer’s disease. It destroys the protein plaques responsible for the degeneration of certain cells, while preventing their formation.

 

3. It’s an anti-inflammatory

Turmeric, thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties at the same time, improves the mobility of the joints. It would also help reduce joint pain (arthritis rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), and postoperative plain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory power. This plant also protects against inflammatory diseases of the liver and intestine (obstruction of the bile duct and chronic diseases of the liver such as hepatitis.

 

4. Turmeric relieves digestive disorders

The World Health Organization has recognized its positive action against digestive disorder. In addition to soothing stomach upset, it optimizes bile functions disturbed, which may be the cause of constipation, and it improves the quality of intestinal mucosal permeate. Used daily, turmeric reduces inflammation and has a preventive effect on ulcers.

 

5. Turmeric, an asset against cholesterol

Turmeric does not have a direct effect on cholesterol but it is interesting in people who have it: it lowers triglyceride level. It also helps to keep the bad cholesterol level low. As a preventative, it helps maintain a good cholesterol level. It can also be consumed, in addition to a diabetes treatment.

 

6. Turmeric, a source of vitamins

Rich in iron, Manganese, potassium, vitamin C and B6, turmeric consumed regularly is a good way to stay healthy. It gives a boost; It is also a preventative super-food for general health. In prevention, take a teaspoon a day of powdered turmeric, sprinkled on your dishes.

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Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Origin and Uses

Ginger is a tropical perennial herb used as a cooking spice in many parts of the world, but also as a medicine remedy.

The ginger rhizome, which appears quirky and branched, is mainly used and it is covered with a thin skin if the harvest was early or thicker if the ginger was harvested at maturity.

Depending on the variety, the colour of the flesh varies from pale yellow to white or pinky, even red.

The young, harvested ginger is very fragrant, pungent, fleshy and juicy and is moderately spicy. Ginger harvested at maturity appears fibrous, almost dry and has a more pronounced taste.

A recent study has shown that young ginger lowers body temperature in case of a fever, while the consumption of ginger is more mature and better adapted to the autumn or winter temperatures, and when it is, it works to increase the temperature of the body.

In case of diet based on fruit and vegetable juice extended overtime, it is recommended to favor the more mature Ginger for this reason.

The active ingredients of ginger rhizome are well known gingerol and shogaol.  Ginger has components that contain cholagogue and hepatoprotective. A recent pharmacological study has verified the virtues of the plant in traditional medicine, such as the oral toxicity being low. Ginger causes inhibition of motor activity, analgesic and antitussive action. It also accelerates food transit through the intestine and suppresses gastric contractions.

The nutritional benefits of ginger

Ginger contains no fewer than twelve types of antioxidants, which makes it an excellent ally for many diseases.

Like other spices, ginger is known to have aphrodisiac properties, and it is widely used for its medicinal properties.

Ginger contains essential oils, choline, inositol, silicone, vitamins B5, B9, Vitamin B3 in small amounts and the following minerals trace elements: calcium, phosphorus, manganese and iron.

The therapeutic virtues of ginger juice

The applications in ginger medicine are endless - if you tolerate its spicy taste.

  • Ginger has anticoagulant properties

Add ginger in most of your dishes or a tablespoon of a young ginger juice in your drinks to take advantage of its anticoagulant properties. It decreases the propensity of platelets to agglutinate and thus, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.

  • Ginger has aphrodisiac properties

Have a natural aphrodisiac mixed with ginger, hot water and honey to get some kind of tea and drink after a light meal, wait until you see the effect.

  • Ginger helps to prevent and cure colds

Boil a small piece of red ginger in a cup of water and add a few green tea leaves if you wish. Filter the mixture and drink it while it’s hot. Ginger is also effective when you have a fever due to a cold or even if you start treating a cold you’re feeling.

  • Ginger helps to relieve cough

Drink ginger juice with honey three to four times a day in case of itchy throat. Young ginger is indicated for a dry cough. Mature ginger will help get rid of excess phlegm.

  • Ginger helps to relieve digestive disorders

Pour a teaspoon of young ginger juice with a similar amount of lime juice, fresh mint juice and honey into a glass of water. A great meat-rich meal that will help relieve heartburn, indigestion, and nausea.

  • Ginger fight against fatigue

Boil a large glass of water and add thin slices of ginger and a cinnamon stick, then cover the pan and let the mixture simmer half a minute, until it acquires a beautiful golden colour. This mixture will help you fight fatigue after a fever, it also relieves muscle aches and pains.

  • Ginger helps to relieve inflammation

Ginger contains gingerol, a compound with anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidants that help relieve various inflammatory conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Its consumption reduces the pain due to inflammation and helps fight swelling and stiffness in the morning.

  • Ginger helps with menstrual disorders

Boil a piece of ginger with a cup of water and add a little honey. Drink this hot mixture two to three times a day for a month. Ginger contains antalgic substances, which can relieve cramps, particularly useful in case of painful periods (dysmenorrhea or algomenorrhea). In case of abnormal absence of menstruation (amenorrhea), this mixture can also promote the onset of menstruation.

  • Ginger helps to relieve Nausea

A tablespoon of young ginger juice with honey helps to relieve morning sickness, seasickness, or transportation, as well as dizziness and nausea caused by chemotherapy anesthesia.

  • Ginger has antalgic properties

Ginger juice is a very good painkiller, even applied locally. In case of a headache, just apply ginger juice on the forehead. For toothache, it should be applied to the cheek or the skin around the jaw.

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Mango

Mangifera Indica

Origin and Uses

In all tropical countries, the mango tree from India has a reputation for anti-diarrhea, mainly leaves and bark, and recently a specialty containing Mango leaf extract has been marketed in Zaire.

The mango tree can grow up to 20m tall, with a stocky bole and a dense foliage shading the villages, the grafted subjects are smaller, the leaves with the smell of turpentine are elongated, and the fruits or mangoes are much appreciated.

Uses of Mango:

  • Diarrhea

By decoction or maceration of 30g of bark or leaves in one litre of water, we obtain an antidiarrheal solution to drink during the day.

  • Diuretique

A decoction of 30g of leaves in one litre of water increases diuresis, to drink during the day

Cuarative Action

The highly studied leaves on the chemical level contain up to 10% gallic tannis, responsible for the antidiarrheal action. Various flavonoids also explain the diuretic action.

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Melissa

Melissa Officinalis

Origin and Uses

Melissa is a plant native to the eastern Mediterranean basin (Turkey) and found all the temperate climates of the planet. Its use, as a medicinal plant, dates back to Theophrastus and Hippocrates, in Ancient Greece. At the time, it was already recognized its benefits to calm people anxious and soothe nervous disorders.

The Arabs have used it as antispasmodic and Europeans as digestive, soothing and antiviral treatment. In the contemporary world, the Melissa is used in herbal medicine to treat anxiety and nervous disorders as well as gastrointestinal problems and is also used for its stimulating effect on brain function and its effectiveness in the treatment of insomnia.

Lemon balm is a perennial, bushy, 30cm to 80cm tall plant with erect, square stems branched and pubescent, with pale green leaves on the underside and brighter on the upper surface, opposite, ovate and petiolate, rough to the touch, slightly lemony when wrinkled, flowers white or pink, are inserted into the axils of the leaves.

The fruit is a tetrakene of brown colour, containing dark brown seeds and shining. There are several varieties of licorice: aura, lemonella, lime, etc. The plant grows well on fresh soils, whether exposed to the sun or shade.

Uses of Melissa:

  • Lemon Balm is useful for treating cuts, insect bites and fever.

 

  • For the treatment of nervous and digestive disorders, lemon balm can be taken in several forms: 1.5 to 4.5 g ( 1 to 3 times per day) of dried aerial parts (leaves, flowers) of the plant 2 to 4 ml of liquid extract (3 times a day), 2 to 6 ml of mother tincture (3 times a day).

 

  • For the treatment of agitation, anxiety and insomnia, gently pass lemon balm essential oil on the temples and arms. You can also dilute 10 drops of this essential oil in a soap to incorporate in a hot bath.

 

  • For the treatment of cold sores, use a cream containing 1% freeze-dried aqueous extract of lemon balm, 2 to 4 times a day, or make infusion-based compresses.

 

  • For the treatment of minor wounds and neuralgia, pass on the painful area 5 drops of essential oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply 2 to 4 times a day

Curative Action

Internal use

  • Treatment of nervous disorders: stress, anxiety, anxiety, nervous breakdown.

  • Antispasmodic effects: spasms of the stomach and colon.

  • Sleep disorders: insomnia, Heart problems: tachycardia, Gastric disorders: excess stomach acid, improves blood circulation: distension or contraction of vessels.

 

Traditional Uses

This plant has a beneficial effect on morale. For some, its use increases longevity, for others, it heals wounds, soothes palpitations and toothaches.

 

Relaxing Plant

Lemon balm is an effective relaxant for anxiety, mild depression, nervousness and irritability. It reduces emotively and soothes heart palpitations of nervous origin.  Indicated when anxiety causes digestive disorders such as indigestion, acidity, nausea, bloating, colic.

 

Herpes

Melissa eliminates rash from the virus and reduces its frequency.

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Mint

Mentha X Peperita

Origin and Uses

Mint is one of the best-known medicinal plants, archaeologists have found mint leaves in Egyptian tombs, and it is used by Greeks and Romans to relieve pain or purge patients. Forgotten in the West, it only joined the traditional pharmacopoeia in the 18th century, and since then it has been one of the first plants to be used intensively by the pharmaceutical industry, making menthol a classic. Pharmacy stalls, mint is also found in a large number of candies, syrups or as a flavour intended to improve the taste of certain medicines.

 

The mint is a very aromatic plant up to 80 cm tall. It belongs to the lamiaceae family. Its most used variety in herbal medicine is peppermint. It has a serrated structure with square stems. Its colour is green, and it is harvested annually sown in spring and harvested in summer, and found in Europe, Asia and North America.

 

Uses of Mint:

  • Mint is often offered in the form of industrial or artisanal preparations such as capsules, lotions, menthol creams, tinctures or essential oils which are generally recommended for three (3) times a day.  2-4 drops from dyeing (45%), 2-5 ml at the same frequency should be used.

 

  • In infusion: a tablespoon of leaves for 150 ml of boiling water. For one litre of water, weight 15 g of leaves. Boil ten minutes and take 3 to 4 cups a day.

 

  • In gargle: 50 g of dried leaves for a litre of water and boil for ten minutes. The lotion, made from the infusion, is applied to irritated skin infusion. For better digestion, drink a cup after each meal.

Curative Action

Digestion Disorders

Peppermint is excellent for the digestive system. It stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and bile, and relaxes the intestinal muscles. It reduces nausea, bloating and colitis. Antispasmodic action on the colon is effective in cases of diarrhea, as in cases of constipation.

 

Pain

Applied to the skin, peppermint calms the pain. It also relieves headaches associated with poor digestion.

 

Infections

The diluted essential oil can be used in inhalation of light massage on the chest, in case of bronchial infections. The whole plant is effective in case of gastro-agreements.

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Nutmeg

Miristica Fragrans

Origins and Uses

Native to the Maluku Islands, nutmeg grows in the tropics. The tree bears fruit after 8 years and can continue to produce for more than 60 years. The ripe fruits are picked, and the nuts are separated flower to dry them.


Both nutmeg and mace come from nutmeg and their therapeutic properties are similar. Used with caution in the West because of their toxicity, they are used to stimulate digestion and treat diseases of the digestive system. Nutmeg has long been considered an aphrodisiac, treating eczema and rheumatism.

Uses of Nutmeg

  • Nutmeg crushed, to cure eczema: mix 2 tablespoons with kittle water, make a paste and apply.

  • The kernel of the seed (nutmeg) is used for its stimulating effect against intestinal disorders and rheumatism in Chinese, nutmeg is called “rou dou kou”.

Curative Action

Digestion disorders

The essential oil of nutmeg has an aesthetic and stimulating effect on the stomach and intestines. It increases appetite, reduces nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and treats gastrointestinal issues.

 

Chinese Medicine

In China, nutmeg mainly cures diarrhoea, relieves abdominal pain and bloating.

 

Aphrodisiac

In India, this plant has long been known to increase sexual vigour.

External applications

Fixed oil-based ointments (nutmeg butter) treat rheumatism. They have an anti-flammatory effect and stimulate blood flow in the affected area in India, we make a paste with nutmeg and it is applied on the areas affected by eczema and ringworm.

 

NB: Toxicity:

In small doses, nutmeg and mace are safe (in medical or culinary use) but, in excessive doses,  they are hallucinogenic and toxic. Consuming two whole nuts can be fatal. Mynsticin is a substance responsible for toxicity and hallucinogenic effects and safrol  isolates are carcinogenic in high doses. 

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Orange, Paisley and Carrot Juice

Melissa Officinalis

Benefits

The delicious combination of carrot, orange and parsley

Have you ever tried a juice made with carrots and orange? We assure you that this is one of the most delicious fruit combinations. 

 

It is very healthy and will help you to lose weight. You can drink it in the morning, or with your lunch. 

 

If you are a few ice cubes, you will enjoy a refreshing drink that will speed up your metabolism and take care of your health.

 

How can the combination of these fruits help you lose weight?

  •  Orange:  Oranges are fruits that regulate our digestive system, prevent constipation, fight water retention, and strengthen the immune system. They are rich in fibre soluble, which helps to clean the intestines and prevent inflammation. It is a medicinal fruit essential to our daily life.

 

  • Carrot: It is very rich in fibre, beta-carotene, vitamin A and potassium.  It is a vegetable that allows us to avoid inflammation and water retention. It improves our digestive system, purifies our body and allows us to easily remove fats. 

Recipe

How to prepare this juice?

  • Extract the juice from two oranges, and then once you’ve got it, put it in a blender with two carrots cleaned and cut into pieces.

 

  •  Add 250 ml of water and mix until the juice is well blended.

 

  •  Remember to drink it chilled, if you add a few ice cubes, your mixture will be even fresher and delicious, perfect for lunch.

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Soursop

Annona Muricata

Origin

The soursop comes from the soursop, in Brazil, and generally in the medical world is called graviola. Soursop is Green from the outside with a supplanted skin of sorts of quills from inside it is a white pill containing black seeds. Soursop is a fruit with a very pleasant taste, slightly sweet and can be eaten like a fruit. Soursop of has also been used by the people of the Caribbean islands, South America and Africa for medical purposes.

 

Soursop consists of 80% water and contains, among other things, B vitamins, vitamin C, carbohydrates, proteins, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, calcium, sodium and copper.

Curative Action

  • Soursop a proven anticancer

 The American Memorial Cancer Centre Sloan Kettering (MSKCC) has demonstrated the benefits of soursop used in cancer patients, attacking and destroying only carcinogenic cells. 

 

In addition, 20 Research Laboratories in the United States under the coordination of the pharmaceutical companies have conducted studies on the benefits of soursop they attest that

 

  1. Soursop extracts usually only attack healthy-looking cancer cells, and soursop can help by 12 types of cancer, including colon cancer, breast cancer, cancer of lungs and cancer. Prostate cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. 

  2. Sowers of extracts are ten thousand times more effective than the products used in chemotherapy in slowing down and degrading cancer cells. 

 

  • Soursop for herpes 

Soursop with its many antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help the fight against parasites and certain viruses that attack for body researchers Lana Dvorkin-Camiel  and Julie S. Whelan demonstrated in their research published in 2008 Journal Africaine “Journal of Dietary Supplement” that soursop effectively fights herpes. 

 

Its extract is used in the cure of herpes patients and many other viruses. If you consume soursop regularly, you protect your body from viral bacteria. 

Benefits

  • Soursop is used  to fight against insomnia and nervous disorders

It can be consumed in fruit juice, jam or sorbets. Take this fruit before bedtime; you will soon be lulled by morphine. It also helps fight or prevent depression and nervous disorders.

 

  • Soursop against rheumatism 

With its anti-inflammatory and Arthur Matic properties of soursop extract, this fruit is a reliable ally in the fight against arthritis and rheumatism. If you have rheumatism pain, you must boil the leaves of the soursop and drink it in tea. 

 

Add a little honey to make the drink more enjoyable to drink. You can also use these leaves in your dishes as bay leaves are. Studies have been published by the memorial Sloan-Kettering American Cancer Centre (MSKCC) about the benefits for arthritis patients who had been using soursop tea infusions saw their pain gradually decrease within a week. 

 

  • Soursop  for light burns and pain 

In case of a burn, crush the soursop leaves and apply to the parts of skin concerned. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, the pain will disappear and your skin will gradually be restored. 

On the other hand, after a hard day's work, you can take some soursop tea, boil the leaves and consume it - it will relieve your back pains, your legs and you'll feel better. This drink also helps with nasal congestion.

 

  • Soursop against digestive disorders 

If you have diarrhea or bloating, consume the soursop fruit and you will feel much better. Sorossol through its antibacterial properties fight effectively against intestinal parricide, causing bloating and diarrhea.

 

In addition to the water and fibres that this fruit contains, it promotes intestinal transit. In 2018, research was conducted in Laboratories and published by the African Journal of traditional medicine and dietary supplements. These studies involve rats with diabetes. Some fed only two weeks of soursop extract, the rest were given another type of treatment. After two weeks, those that were given soursop extract had reached near normal glucose. This implies that the consumption of soursop by diabetics can be a great help to them.

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Nutmeg

Glycine Max

Origins and Uses

Soybeans, probably native to Australia and then established in Asia, have been consumed in Chins for at least four millennia and are part of the so called sacred grains, alongside rice, wheat, barley and millet. 

 

As a basic element of the Asian diet and cuisine, the phytoherapeutic properties of soy have only recently been rediscovered in the West since the 1990’s in herbal medicine, whereas the plant was introduced in Europe in the 17th century. However, it has long been a traditional Chinese medicine remedy for its antipyretic effect and its sedative properties. 

 

It was by noting that Chinese or Japanese women had fewer menopausal symptoms and less osteoporosis than its effects were put forward. Its interest in the prevention of certain cancers is the subject of important research, particularly in the United States where products containing at least 6.25g of protein are considered by the FDA as health products involved in the prevention of cardiovascular risks. 

 

Soybean is a leguminous plant of the same family as peas, and is an annual herb with a stem up to 2m long, with so-called trifoliate and oval leaves similar to those of beans. Leaves are small, white to purple, clustered with up to five flowers, and the soybean is a pod-shaped fruit with two to four seeds. Soybeans grow all over the world and are used primarily for animal feed, in the form of cakes or flour. 

 

The constituents of soya are very numerous. It is especially important, for their medical value, essential fatty acids (such as linoleic acid, an omega 6), phospholipids high content in lecithin, many proteins and, most importantly, isoflavones, three of which are mainly genistein, daidzein and glycitein. These are phytoestrogens that is substances with similarities to oestrogen, which lead to so-called estrogenic effects. The latter play a role in relieving the evils of menopause. The soy lecithin extracted from the seed contains many essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, useful in the fight against bad LDL cholesterol. 


 

Uses of Soybeans:

  • Soy isoflavones supplementation is used in menopausal women as a substitute for conventional hormonal treatments. The recommended dosage may vary from person to person, but in most cases the dosage is 2 capsules per day. Soy lecithin capsules to be taken at an average dosage 1500 mg/day.

 

  • It is of course very interesting to consume it fresh, in its various forms: oil (do not use for frying), tofu, milk.

Curative Action

Internal use

  • Fight against the effects of menopause: hot flushes, weight gain and the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women.

 

  • Hydrochlorestrolemic and hypolipidemic properties: useful for diabetes in the treatment of cholesterol and triglycerides.

 

  • Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease for postmenopausal women.

 

External use

This includes moisturizing creams to fight against dryness of the skin.

 

Usual therapeutic indications 

  • Hormonal sphere: in postmenopausal women, to counter the inconvenience of this period of female life, especially hot flashes (up to 50% decrease according to some studies) or night sweats, osteoporosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia 

 

  • Cardiovascular sphere: the hydrocholesterolemic and hypolipidemic properties of soy have a certain interest in the fight against cholesterol. Soya reduces total cholesterol and bad cholesterol (LDL) and allows regulating the triglycerides (fats) of the body. It is thus recommended in case of diabetes, but also in the menopausal women, in prevention of the risks of cardiovascular diseases. 

 

  • Heteratic sphere: chronic hepatitis more generally on numerous malfunctions liver.

 

Other therapeutic indications demonstrated 

In people who are obese or suffering from renal insufficiency, soybeans slow down the progression of soybeans. The isoflavones contained in soy also have antioxidant properties (especially genistein), and therefore to prevent certain cancer such as breast cancer, endometrial or prostate cancer in humans

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Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

Origin and Uses

Originally from Australia, the tea tree grows on the wet soils of New South Wales and Queensland. It is grown by the cuttings in summer. The leaves and small branches used for the extraction of oil essential are collected during the year. 

The tea tree and its essential oil in particular, is one of the most important natural antiseptics. Effective against insect bites, wounds and in case of skin problems, this plant also treats bronchial affections. The tea tree is a traditional remedy inherited from Australian aborigians and is used today in Europe as well as in the United States. 

Uses of Tea Tree:

  • Essential Oil: Mix 3 drops with 12 drops of gifted almond oil and dab athlete’s foot.

  • Infusion in case of chronic illness: brew ½ tsp in a cup of water. Drink twice a day.

Curative Action

In Australia 

Aborigines have always used the tea tree for its medicinal properties. Crushed leaves are brewed to cure coughs, colds and skin diseases.

 

Dermatology 

The tea tree is effective against diseases of the skin, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm, corns, warts, acne or boils, genuts infected burns, insect bites and other skin problems. 

 

Chronic Diseases

In the internal use, the tea tree treats certain chronic or acute diseases such as cystitis and chronic fatigue. 

 

Oral infections

Tea tree tea mouthwashes cure gum infections. Gargansmes relieves sore throat.

 

Vaginal infections

The tea tree treats, in particular, vaginal candidacies.

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Corn

Zea mays

Origin and Uses

Cereal grown all over the world, maize is native to the Andes and, more probably, from Peru.  It is grown by sowing in the spring. Ripe ears and beards are harvested in summer, before being separated then dry.

 

The basis of food in Central America and South America for 4,000 years, maize also has many medicinal applications. In the Aztecs, the decoction of corn kernels treated dysentery and stimulated the rise of milk in women. The beards (hair of the corn wrapped around the ear) are the part most used by the physiotherapists, especially for diseases of the urinary system.

Uses of corn:

  • The infusion of beards is calming in drinking 500ml per day in use of cystitis.

  • Decoction of grains to be applied as poultice on wounds and pustules.

Curative Action

Production of bile

Corn stimulates the production of bile and facilitates its flow into the bile ducts.

 

Circulatory Disorders

In china, tests have indicated that corn may help lower blood pressure and reduce clotting time.

 

Native American Remedy

The American Indians treated a whole series of evils with corn kernels. The Maya and the Incas applied a corn poultice on bruises, bumps and burns. According to Vogel, the Chickasaws Indians treated prunts (sores due to itching) by placing the affected area above the smoke released by burning old ears.
 

Urinary disorders

Corn is an effective diuretic in most urinary conditions, thanks in particular to its high potassium content It remarkably increases the volumes of unnes, relieves inflammation of the bladder. In addition, it reduces the number of urination (unner action) and the post-voiding residue, responsible for the feeding of not having completely emptied his bladder.

 

Kidney stones

Corn will prevent the formation of kidney stones and relieves pain from already formed stones.

 

Cystitis

Corn relieves chronic cystitis and effectively complements the treatment of acute cystitis.

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Watermelom

Citrullus lanatus

Watermelon is a fruit that enjoys great popularity thanks to its sweet taste and its high moisture content. It allows us to refresh ourselves. Indeed, watermelon contains almost 90% liquid, which is why it brings many benefits to our body, even if most are still unknown. In the rest of this article, we will present five facts about watermelon that you probably did not know.

Uses

  • It is rich in antioxidants

Watermelon is a fruit rich in antioxidants, and especially in lycopene, it even contains more than raw tomatoes. This element is a very effective antioxidant that fights against the action of free radicals, which strengthens the immune system, lycopene also helps to fight against cell damage, which also makes it ideal for preventing cancer. 

Watermelon should be consumed at least three times a week, whether it is whole or in water, its small pips are also very good.

  • It just a feeling of fullness

As it consists mainly of water, the watermelon is excellent to provide a feeling of satiety, and in this way avoid overreacting. Just eat a piece of this fruit before the meal to feel full while eating less so you avoid overweight or obesity problems. As you already know, the watermelon pulp is beneficial for all organizations.

 

  • It is excellent for pregnant woman

Drinking watermelon during pregnancy is very beneficial because it is an important source of vitamin C. In addition, as you probably know, this vitamin contributes to prevent and fight respiratory diseases such as flu or colds. This is so, because some people consume watermelon with a little lime which increases the amount of vitamin C absorbed by the body. It is also possible to prepare water with this fruit.

  • It’s helps prevent cramps

Watermelon is a great help for all sports people, since it contains a high amount of potassium and vitamin B6. It is ideal to avoid those cramps that cramp our muscles when we make a physical effort. These components help our body to better absorb the proteins, thus avoiding the appearance of cramps. In addition, it is best To eat a little watermelon a few minutes before exercising, it can also be consumed after exercising because it is very refreshing due to its high water content.

  • It’s great for the heart

Several recent studies in the United States say that watermelons are good for the heart because their daily intake keeps blood pressure at a good level, preventing heart and vascular disease. However, the only problem is that people should consume one and a half water milk a day to always enjoy these benefits.

Additional Uses

The Delicious Combination of Grapefruit And Melon

It's a refreshing juice if you come home and you are completely tired at night and want to drink something that is light, fresh and will also help you to lose weight, do not hesitate: this combination is your best option.

 

How can the combination of these fruits help you lose weight?

  • Grapefruit:  grapefruit is rich in fibre, contains many vitamins and it is very suitable for weight loss, but it needs to be consumed regularly. It is advisable to drink this juice in the evening. Grape juice can allow you to burn fat very quickly because its acids will help improve your digestion and fight water retention. It is fabulous!

 

  • Melon:  melon is one of the best depurative fruits available, regardless of the variation of melon you choose, consumed in moderation and combined with other fruits; it will turn into a perfect ally off your silhouette rich in fibre and minerals. It is excellent for detoxifying your body and to give you a great feeling of fullness. 

 

How to prepare this juice?

  • You will need 200 grams of melon, it must be cool, and so you can get all the nutrients in. Remember that if the melon is too right, it will contain too much sugar. 

 

  •  Extract the juice of a grapefruit, or a pomelo medium.

 

  • Add a glass of water (250 ml), grapefruit juice and lemon cut into pieces in a blender, blend until smooth and add a few ice cubes.  Activate metabolism and allow us to burn fatter. This juice is very healthy; it is one of the best fruit combinations that you can prepare.