Rimedi Naturali con le erbe medicinali

Herbal remedy for cramps

If you suffer from frequent cramps, try drinking 3 cups of hawthorn flowers infusion daily for 2-3 days, putting 2 pinches in a cup of boiling hot water.
After three days, break up the assumption for a while and then resume it for 2-3 more days.

Cystitis treatment with mallow

Mallow, a potent anti-inflammatory herb, can successfully prevent and reduce cystitis disorders.
Make an infusion or a decoction and drink it everyday.
It’s also a good purifying herb.
If you have a garden, growing this plant can be a good idea (it’s also a beautiful plant). It has undoubted healing and purifying properties and is the queen of officinal herbs.

Tonic remedy with carrots

How to make a good tonic: Grate and blend a carrot, add 5 g (5.49 ml) of olive oil, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt.
Get it once per day.

A tea against liver pain

This tea is helpful for liver pain: let infuse 5 g (80.17 oz) of chamomile, 5 g (0.17 oz) of mint and 5 g (0.17 oz) of anise in a cup of boiling hot water for 10 minutes.

Remedy for itching (temporary)

Warm compresses of chamomile are a rapid method to alleviate itching before understanding the cause.

Agrimony infusion

Agrimony is a slightly astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory herb. It stops bleeding and stimulates liver functions. It’s used for colitis, food allergies, cystitis and urinary incontinence.
In the past, it was mostly used to dress wounds, since it helps blood coagulation. At topic level, it can be used by applying a poultice to small wounds and hemorrhoids.

 Agrimony infusion: 1 tbsp of this plant in a cup of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drink twice per day.

Bay for stomach, bruises and dandruff treatment

Bay laurel, as already stated before, is recommended for difficult digestion, lack of appetite, colic and bloating. It’s also a good remedy against dandruff (as hair rinse), for bruises and twists (by applying a poultice).

Bay infusion: to prepare an infusion, put a tsp of bay in a cup of boiling hot water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Drink after meals.

Cough and sore throat remedies with marshmallow

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), thanks to its soothing properties, is used since 1000 B.C. to heal sore throat and cough.
The root, which once was powdered to make candies, is the part used since it contains all the active principles. It’s also a sweet way to aid children’s bowel and refresh the digestive system.

Marshmallow root decoction: boil a cup of water and put a tsp of marshmallow root. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Then switch it off and let it infuse for 5 more minutes. Drink 3-4 cups per day.

Mouthwash for tooth extraction

Lady’s mantle (alchemilla vulgaris) has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Used as mouthwash, it’s helpful in case of tooth extraction.

It’s also as remedy against diarrhea, period pains, or postpartum and menopausal disorders.
For topic use, it’s helpful for small wounds or to make vaginal irrigation in case of leukorrhea.

Lady’s mantle infusion: let a tbsp infuse in a cup of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drink it twice per day.

An infusion against halitosis

To make your breath smell good, drink a cup of infusion prepared with 30 g (1.05 oz) of juniper berries infused in boiling hot water for 10 minutes after each meal.

A remedy for mosquito bites

A practical and rapid recipe to reduce insect stings burning and swelling: make a compress with crushed parsley.

A remedy for tired feet

After having a footbath, dry your feet with a towel.
Soak a cotton ball in rose water and rub them well. Then let it evaporate.
You will feel very light feet in ten minutes!

How to prepare rose water

Rose water is a light and fresh astringent. It’s a recommended tonic lotion for greasy skin.

It’s helpful to treat pimples and impure skin. It’s helpful also for skin irritated by the sun.
It’s helpful to remove beauty masks. It’s helpful in the preparation of cosmetics.

To prepare homemade rose water, put three handfuls of fresh rose petals in an enamelled kettle filled with distilled water. Boil on a low fire for half an hour. Then switch it off and let it cool before draining. This lotion can be kept for few days in a dark and hermetic glass bottle. After closing it, shake it energetically.
It’s obviously sold also in the perfumery or at the chemist’s, if you are lazy or do not have available ingredients.

foto di Andrzej Pastuszak

Detox the liver with artichokes

Artichokes cooking water is a very good drink for the liver.
Drink in small glasses, 2-4 times per day.
 They can also be soaked, letting 100 g (3.52 oz) of artichoke leaves stand in 1 l of water and ½ l of dry white wine for 10 minutes. Drink in a small glass after meals.

Yellow gentian to make your freckles disappear

Yellow gentian root can be used to prepare an infusion which can make freckles disappear and your skin white and unbroken: just apply it with compresses, for example, every morning.

A remedy for calluses and corns

Calendula crushed fresh leaves are a good remedy to make calluses and corns disappear.
Apply to the affected part.

Remedy for nose bleeding

People suffering from nose bleeds can treat them putting cotton balls soaked in this decoction in the nostrils: boil 30 g (1.05 oz) of equisetum in 1 l of water for 8 minutes.

Camphorated alcohol and oil, Dalibour water

Camphorated alcohol can be helpful to treat sprains, bruises, neuralgia, to make massages and rubbings.
You can prepare it melting 7 g (0.24 oz) of ground camphor in 100 ml of 90% alcohol. It’s stimulating and antiseptic. Keep it in hermetic bottles. Do not use in children younger than 30 months.

Camphorated oil is another very interesting product which is often used for massages by sportsmen. It’s made with 90 g (98.9 ml) of olive oil and 10 g (0.35 oz) of camphor.

Dalibour water is very potent on skin diseases, spots, acne and impetigo. It strengthens skin defences. It’s prepared in this way:
Light Dalibour Water: 1 g (0.03 oz) of copper sulphate, 3.5 g (0.12 oz) of zinc sulphate, 1 g (0.03 oz) of saffron tincture, 10 g (0.35 oz) of camphorated alcohol, 1 l of distilled water.
Strong Dalibour: use the same ingredients, increasing copper sulphate amount to 10 g (0.35 oz). Apply it twice per day and only once when the condition improves.

Camphor is very useful also to keep insects like mosquitoes at distance.

Camphor crystals are produced from the wood of majestic camphor trees.

Treating otitis and earache

I suggest you two remedies for otitis and earache:

The first one is based on chamomile: warm a little bit 2 tbsp of olive oil with a handful of chamomile flowers. Then soak a cotton ball in it and apply very hot to the sore part.

The second remedy for otitis is based on garlic: crush a garlic clove, mix it in a tbsp of oil, warm it a little bit on a radiator (or even only in a glass with hands) and put some drops in the ear. Garlic, thanks to its antibiotic and antiseptic properties, acts on the inflammation. Stay laid down on the opposite side. After few minutes let it drain away and wash it carefully.

An excellent diuretic and sedative remedy: asparagus

Asparagus was called by Plinius the “wander for the belly”.

Prepare an asparagus decoction, boiling 25 g (0.88 oz) of roots in 1 l of water for half an hour. Drink a glass of it before meals. It has great diuretic and purifying effects and perfectly replaces chemical diuretics.

Asparagus can be used also to prepare a sedative. Boil 100 g (3.52 oz) of asparagus ends in 1 l of water for half an hour. Drink three cups after meals. It’s better using wild asparagus officinalis. Asparagus is not recommended for people suffering from gout, rheumatisms or lithiasis.

Extracting herbal principles as if you were making a coffee

A particular and easy way to extract and get herbal principles, is the espresso procedure, nothing more than the one used to make an espresso coffee.
So it will be enough to have an espresso pot (moka) to use exclusively with herbs and with cut and ground herbal mixtures.
It will be necessary to be particularly careful about herbs origin. They must come from biological farming, that is they must be completely without pesticides and other chemical substances, because 50-70% of pesticides are dissolved through watery extraction.
For a medium flavour, fill half of the pot filter, adjusting it according to the desired flavour.

A remedy against bronchitis and airways inflammation

Prepare this infusion against bronchitis and airway passages inflammation.
 Let the following mixture infuse in a cup of boiling hot water for 15-30 minutes:

50% of sweet verbena leaves
15% of chamomile flowers
20% of eucalyptus leaves
15% of thyme leaves and flowers

 Drink a cup of this infusion whenever you need it.

A laxative decoction

Against constipation, boil a tbsp of this mixture in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes:

40% of althea (marshmallow) leaves
30% of liquorice
20% of fennel seeds
10% of rhubarb root

Drink this decoction in the night, except in case of severe constipation.

Angelica recipes for pregnant and underweight people

According to the legend, it was the archangel Raphael to spread the medicinal virtues of angelica. Actually it was believed to have healing power for almost everything. They believed it made life longer.

Here is a tonic recipe for people who are too slim: let 40 g (3.52 oz) of angelica leaves infuse in 1 l of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drink a cup of this infusion after meals.

And here a recipe for pregnant women which, thanks to its passed down healing power, helps ensuring the good health of the baby and his mother. An infusion prepared with 20 g (0.70 oz) of dried root or fresh stalks. Let them infuse in 1 litre of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drink one cup per day. Never drink more than three.

Garlic soup recipe against hypertension

Garlic soup is a very helpful dish to adjust arterial pressure, both high and low.
Fry some chopped garlic cloves in a little bit of oil.
Boil in 1 l and 1/2 of milk and switch the fire off as soon as it starts boiling. Mix it with two whisked yolks, add some salt and pepper and serve it on dried bread slices.

A relaxing herbal bath

Here are two ways to make you daily bath become an extremely relaxing moment:

Relaxing marjoram bath: add 150 grams of marjoram to bath water.

Angelica relaxing bath: make an infusion with 200 g (5.29 oz) of angelica plant in 1 l of boiling hot water and let it infuse for 5 minutes. Pour this infusion into bath water.

Tea against bloating: the recipe

Recipe against bloating:
Infusion time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: 40 g (1.41oz) of dill seeds, 15 g (0.52 oz) of angelica, 15 g (0.52 oz) of green anise, 10 g (0.35 oz) of caraway, 30 g (1.05 oz) of wild fennel in 1 l of hot water.
Drink it hot after meals.

Toned breast for mothers who are nursing a baby

To keep breast line during breastfeeding periods, apply a poultice of dill leaves and flowers warmed in boiling hot water.

Stomatitis herbal treatment

This decoction is recommended to treat stomatitis:
Use it for gargles: let 5 g (0.17oz) of dill seed soak into 1 l of water for 10 minutes. Then make them boil for 10 more minutes.

Healing arteriosclerosis with garlic

Garlic can be a daily treatment for arteriosclerosis:
Take 2 garlic cloves, peel and crush them, then boil in a cup of milk for 5 minutes. Drink it everyday.

Prepare an after-dinner drink and an appetizer with marjoram

Marjoram blossomed ends are gathered between July and September, cutting the plant at 10-15 cm from the ground.
Marjoram is well-known for its digestive properties, its stimulating effect for gastric juices and appetite, its ability to stop fermentation and relax painful contractions due to colitis and gastritis.

You can use it to prepare a digestive wine: let blossomed ends dry, grind them up and soak in 1 l of white wine for 5 days. Drain and keep in closed bottles.
Drink a small glass of it before meals as appetizer, or after meals as digestive wine.

Getting rid of under eye dark circles

Compresses of rose water warmed in a bain-marie are a simple but effective remedy to reduce dark circles around your eyes.

Face lifting with sorrel

Rumex Acetosella is very commonly found in the gardens and looks like clover.
As for cooking tips, use it mixed in salads to replace lemon juice.
Or flavour your dish putting a handful of sorrel in rice soup.

As mouth disinfectant: chew some sorrel leaves.

To make your face skin firmer and avoid its wilting: make a decoction boiling 40 g (1.41 oz) of sorrel acetosella root in 1 l of water for 5 minutes and then let it stay for 5 more minutes.
Drink a cup in the morning, 1 during the day and 1 in the night for 20 days.

Check contraindications and do not overdose or use it longer than necessary since sorrel can be toxic.

How to treat asthma: a prodigious method

As already stated before, herbal remedies can quite always reduce the symptoms of a disease, while the causes must be surely found elsewhere. If we are convinced that we started having that rash after a negative feeling, or that blood pressure increased as a consequence of a stressing period, or that taking a drug to heal an allergic asthma we are treating the symptom but not the cause of this allergy which suddenly appeared in our life for no apparent reason; then, if we realize all these things, our suggestion is to study properly, and if possible in depth, the themes covered by the fascinating theories of Doctor Hamer New Medicine.

Then, since we are dealing with the way to treat and heal more or less severe symptoms and disorders, I suggest you a very effective remedy against asthma. However, since I do not deal with phytotherapy, I refer to the twin website (automatically translated by Google): Effective remedy for asthma

Stomach upset and cold shocks: the typical “Canarino” (lemon decoction)

In case of cold shocks to the stomach or congestions, what is better than the classic recipe based on lemon, known as “canarino”? (Typical lemon infusion, italian name).
With this classic remedy success is assured.

So, if after a meal you feel sick, dizzy and pale, you probably have a stomach block; if you also feel nausea, headache, then you quite surely have had a cold shock blocking your digestion.
Actually, in this case, the most helpful thing you can do is drinking a canarino: it’s a decoction prepared with chopped pieces of lemon peel (paying attention to strip off the white part) boiled in a pot of water. Drink it very hot. It’s very effective.

Drugs-herbs deadly pairings

Here we deal with the possible harmful interaction between normal drugs (which you are probably taking for a particular therapy) and herbal active constituents, which are almost the same of those present in drugs and will consequently multiply their effect.
If you occasionally use phytotherapic remedies or you make a “light” use of them, that is you prepare infusions, macerated herbs ecc…, then you will not have great problems. The problem arises in case of prolonged use and dried extracts, nux vomica and Chinese herbs.

However, be careful about deadly pairing (starting from analysing this article). The most dangerous are the following:

If you are taking aspirin or other anticoagulants, - DO NOT use Ginkgo Biloba – since it would increase the anticoagulant effect by causing a risk of haemorrhage.

If you are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin – DO NOT use garlic often and repeatedly, DO NOT use Dong Quai (angelica sinensis), DO NOT use Danshen (Chinese sage) – since, in this case too, you could risk haemorrhages.

If you are taking corticosteroids or diuretics – DO NOT take liquorice, since in the first case it would cause high blood pressure while, in case of diuretics, it would cause water retention.

If you are taking corticosteroids, anticoagulants, oral antidiabetics (such as chlorpropamide or metformin) or estrogen hormones (like those used to treat menopause) – DO NOT use Ginseng – since associated with corticosteroids administration, it would cause very serious side-effects too; associated with anticoagulants it would cause risks of thrombosis; associated with antidiabetics it would cause glycaemia and finally associated with estrogens administration it would increase their effects.

If you are taking antidepressants (such as fluoxetine or paroxetine) – DO NOT take hypericum
since it would cause very serious side-effects. In case of association of cyclosporine with hypericum there would be rejection effect.
It’s reported to have interactions with indinavir, warfarin, digoxin and theophylline. Do not use in case of oral contraceptives intake too since they could loose their effect (cases of recovery of periods are reported).

If you are taking antidepressants – DO NOT use Yohimbina – since it would cause high blood pressure.

The list of harmful interactions with drugs is much longer. These are only the most deadly pairings. Thus, it’s always better to consult the doctor to explain him the phytoterapic therapy you want to start.

A diuretic remedy to purify kidneys and heal the gout

Use dried birch leaves to prepare a homemade and great diuretic having no side-effects and causing no dangers to kidney. Let leaves dry in the shadow.
It’s an infusion increasing urination and it heals gout and dropsy.

Diuretic birch infusion: 50 g (1.76 oz) of birch dried leaves chopped in 1 l of boiling hot water.
When the infusion is warm, add a tip of a tsp of baking soda which helps the extraction of birch active ingredients.

A remedy against stomach swelling

Fennel seeds infusion is a classic remedy for stomach swelling.
Boil a tbsp of seeds in a cup of water, drain and drink it everyday after meals. A one week long treatment will be enough.

Miraculous appetizer and after dinner-drink with yellow gentian

Yellow gentian, which is not the one with beautiful light blue flowers, is a perennial plant growing to 1 m tall, with a green and erect stalk.
Flowers are yellow and grow at the top forming narrow petals. They blossom between June and August and fructify in September. It grows on calcareous soils, on mountains or hills.
It’s gathered in autumn and spring and the root, which can be of a length of 60 cm and yellow inside, is mostly used.
The root must not be washed and it must be dried in the sun. After rubbing it, to throw ground away, cut into pieces and bind into bunches.
It’s kept then in hermetic pots in dry places, since with humidity and water, the gentian acts like salt, that is it absorbing.
It has eupeptic properties and stimulates appetite. Therefore, it’s really good to drink macerated as appetizer or as after-dinner drink after meals.

Appetizer and digestive infusion (maceration): in a glass of cold water, let 5 g (0.17 oz) of gentian root standing overnight. The morning after it will be ready and you can sip it during the day.

This drink will surely have a very bitter taste. That’s why someone may prefer
bitter wine: 30 g (1.05 oz) of gentian root, 60 ml of alcohol, 60 ml of wine in a glass pot. The day after, add 1 l of white or red wine and let it soak for 10 minutes, shaking sometimes. Drain and put in a bottle.
Drink a small glass of it before meals as appetizer and after meals as after-dinner drink.

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Garlic natural antibiotic properties

After big meals, chewing some pieces of garlic can be a remedy if you feel bloated and nauseated. The effect is assured but the odour in your mouth will last for some hours.

Garlic is then a potent natural antibiotic: the principles of garlic kill viruses and let body necessary bacteria untouched. Actually it’s very helpful to prevent and treat the early symptoms of flu, cold and sore throat.

Rubbing garlic on the skin helps against swelling and insect stings pain, but it’s also a way to prevent them.
If repeatedly rubbed on the skin, it allows a rapid healing of spots and injuries.

Mallow to eliminate fats

Besides its therapeutic properties and mainly disinflammating applications, mellow can be used in cooking. You can eat its leaves as spinach, or use it to prepare a salad or an omelette.

As for the diet, mallow eliminates fat: for example, make a decoction with a handful of fresh leaves boiled for 5 minutes and drink it on an empty stomach.

Mint to stimulate your mind

Mint can be successfully used in cooking: for omelettes, fried courgettes, sauces and tea.
One of its effects is “activating” the mind but it’s not stimulating.
Dried and powdered mint can be sniffed to treat colds.

How to reduce swelling with mountain celery: recipe

Mountain celery (levisticum) is a potent diuretic, more effective than common celery. Its roots are slimming.

Diuretic Infusion: a handful of celery leaves in 1 l of boiling hot water for 20 minutes.
Drink a cup of it before meals and one in the morning on an empty stomach.

A handbook on some officinal plants toxicity

Even though people often think that “natural means safe”, officinal herbs too have their side-effects and their toxicity. Particularly, it’s necessary to be careful about their interaction with drugs taken at the same time, and patient’s potential pathologies must be taken into consideration. Thus, on the one hand herbs can treat a disorder but, on the other hand they can also cause complications.
Patients allergic to aspirin, for example, must not take compounds based on Willow, Poplar and Birch, just because they contain acetylsalicylic acid.
Therefore always get first medical advice on the suitability of a phitoterapic treatment in relation to your pathologies and, if not possible, be always careful about the general indications of this handbook before using a recipe you think may be suitable for you.

Let’s pass to analyse the side-effects of the most widely known medicinal plants.

A common purifying remedy with sorrel

Garden sorrel, simply called sorrel (acetosa), is used to treat the skin for its purifying and remineralizing action; roots, leaves and stalks are the parts used.
Its leaves can also be used to flavour food, such as meat, fish, tomatoes, lentils, eggs, potatoes…
Do not cook sorrel into iron pots.

Sorrel is not recommended for people suffering from gout, arthritis and rheumatisms.

Infusion to treat acne: 20 g (0.70 oz) of fresh leaves in 1 l of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drink a cup in the morning and one in the night.

Soup for fever: boil 40 g (1.41 oz) of sorrel leaves, 20 g (0.70 oz) of lettuce and warts, 10 g (0.35 oz) of spinach and chard.
After cooling, add a pinch of salt and 20 g (0.70 oz) of butter.
It’s a recipe dating back to Renaissance.

photo by Marinella Zepigi

A remedy for stinging nettles

In case you get stung in the nettles, wild spinach leaves (called Paruk in the valley of Bergamo - Italy and maybe also elsewhere) are a handy remedy.
The floury part of the leave rubbed on your skin can alleviate pain.

Alcoholic after-dinner drink based on peppermint

50 gram (1.76 oz) of carefully washed mint leaves (it grows in the meadows, along roadways, in the gardens and can stay in a pot) 250 g (8.81 oz) of sugar, 1 l of grappa. Put these ingredients in a dark bottle for 20 days and shake it every 1-2 days. Drain and drink as digestive-drink after meals.

Plastering cracked ribs

Using pine resin: it’s gathered from spring to summer from cut branches, or making a small cut in the bark (a small one, since making it bigger the pine would die). Let it leak for some days, then collect with a knife and put in a container where it will last for years.
In case of cracking ribs or bones (not broken), or even in case of infections due to thorns, take a little bit of resin, put in a small pot with a little bit of wine and make it fluidify on a low fire. When it becomes liquid, pour it on a wool cloth. Put it warm on the sore part and bind to keep it steady.
The resin hardens, absorbs the pain and acts like a plaster allowing the movement. According to the tradition, it comes off only when “pain goes off”. Throw the cloth away.
The resin can be used also as a plaster for backache (once again the tradition says the resin can move up and down but it must not be touched since “it’s following the pain”).

An excellent after-dinner drink with gentian and sage

Soak 80 g (2.82 oz) of sage leaves and 20 g (0.70 oz) of gentian root in 1 l of white wine for 10 minutes.
Drain and you will get a very good after-dinner drink. Drink a small glass after meals.

Sun-rash healing with cucumber

In case of burns, peel a ripe cucumber and rub the inner part of the skin on the burn. It will give you relief.
It’a a great classic of cosmetics: squeeze a cucumber, take the juice, apply it with a gauze to your face in the night. It’s a real beauty mask.

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