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December 21, 2017

CITRUS FRUITS AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: NEW DISCOVERIES

  Citrus fruits (genus Citrus, family of the Rutaceae) are very juicy fruits, often with a sour taste, which are harvested from October to April. They are usually consumed fresh or squeezed to obtain juices (both for domestic and industrial …

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December 14, 2017

MINT ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

The name “Mint” has a mythological derivation: Mintha was a nymph, daughter of the river god Cocito. She was loved by the god Hades but Persephone was jealous and transformed her in a humble, insignificant plant. But not even Persephone …

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November 30, 2017

HOW TO DISTILL MINT

The mint species is known and cited by numerous ancient authors for its beneficial therapeutic properties; it is so old that it finds its origins in mythology. It was used anciently in Egyptian civilization, as well as in Greeks and …

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November 16, 2017

GREATER BURDOCK, A PLANT FOR FIGHTING TUMORS

  Greater burdock (Arctium lappa L.) is a biennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Commonly used in Asian cuisine, the root has been widely utilized in folk medicine as a diuretic, as a detoxifier and to heal skin …

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September 20, 2017

ONION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: A NEW NATURAL HEALING

  Allium cepa L., commonly known as onion, is the most widely cultivated and used species of the genus Allium, mainly utilized as a flavor enhancer. Today, with the support of scientific research, we are able to demonstrate that the …

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August 30, 2017

BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL IN ALCHEMY

After analyzing more generally the essential oils linked to the 4 elements in alchemy, let’s get acquainted with some of them. August is the month of fire, and we had to begin with an essential oil linked to this element: …

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July 31, 2017

AROMATIC WATER OR FLORAL WATERS: WHAT ARE THEY?

The vapor current distillation is a technique that allows the extraction of essential oils from the plant tissue, through their transport by vapor steam. At the end of this process we always obtain two important products: essential oil and aromatic …

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July 25, 2017

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL: CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION

  A rustic and undemanding plant, Rosemary is certainly one of the most important and well known medicinal herb of our Mediterranean area. Widespread today in all countries with a temperate climate, where it is found both cultivated and natural, …

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April 21, 2017

HOW TO DISTILL ROSEMARY

  Considered a sacred plant in many civilizations, Rosemary is certainly one of the most important and well-known medicinal herbs of the Mediterranean area. Widespread today in all the countries with a temperate climate, it can be found both cultivated …