Since the time of Hippocrates Olive Oil is famous for its many healing properties. The Hippocratic Code found more than 60 medicinal uses of olive oil, the main use in skin diseases. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E also contains Vitamin K and trace elements such as sodium and potassium, polyphenols and chlorophyll, which protect the skin from premature aging. It also contains iron, which is very good for the hair. The medicine of the future seems not manufactured in a pharmaceutical laboratory, but is already in abundance in nature. This medicine is not another, according to research by the Pharmacy Department of the University, from the olive oil. Based on reports of the pharmaceutical activities of oil (green olive oil) in ancient Greece by Dioscorides, scientists have shown that olive oil also has antioxidant, neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties. This is due essentially elaiokanthali, which has quite strong antiinflammatory activity as drugs and essentially elaiasini, which is the most potent antioxidant of olive oil.
Rosemary .The herb of protoplasts.
Rosemary is said to be the second herb after laurel who took the first created them when expelled from Paradise and that they will help their body to quickly recover from diseases and hardships that would pass. It is considered that fights mental fatigue, and that enhances concentration and brain perfusion. In fact, students in ancient Greece wore garlands of rosemary when studying for their exams in order to perform better. Rubbing preparations rosemary, tone the skin, soothe tired eyelids and relieve wounds, cuts and skin irritations. Tannins containing the also give astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial and expectorant properties.
The very important and famous pomegranate fruit from ancient times for its amazing medicinal properties available, today through modern medical science to hearing what witness and advocate with the ancient Greek physicians believed the fruit miracle! Nowadays modern science shows that pomegranate is rich in vitamins C, D, E, to a plurality of metal elements (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium) and antioxidant phytochemicals such as polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins which remove free radicals from the skin, so the number one apomakrinontas old agent. Also the high content of pomegranate polyphenols have been shown to reduce the biochemical processes associated with allergies. Dr. protection to skin cancer. Drinking pomegranate was associated with the decline of the two main types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, according to new research published in the journal Dermatology.
Dictamo Origanum dictamnus (Dittany of Crete or Hop Marjoram)
Known in Greek as “δίκταμο” or in Cretan dialect “έρωντας” (love), is a tender
perennial plant that grows 20-30 cm (8-12 in) high. It is indigenous to Crete, Greece, where it symbolizes birth and love. Its local name in Crete (“love”) is due to the fact that it likes to grow in very steep slopes on the rocky mountains of Crete. The young men used to show their courage and their love to their beloved ones by risking their lives picking it up and offering it to them.
It was used in medicine in Ancient Greece for its pharmaceutical properties on stomach aches and complaints of the digestive system. Hippocrates in “The nature of Woman” recognized the cicatrical (epoulotic) and antiinflammatory properties of dictamo and is recommending it to help birth giving. Aristotles in “The history of animals” points out that wild beasts used to eat it to help them heal themselves when injured by hunters. The plant is also mentioned by Dioscorides.
In the fantasy novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, dittany is the name of a substance which, when used magically, can prevent scarring if applied quickly enough after a cutting injury.
The use of the plant has a long tradition. The flowers of calendula used in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East and India as a healing herb in textiles, food, cosmetics. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an excellent healing with valuable therapeutic and cosmetic properties. The flowers contain essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, vitamin C, calcium, carotenes (precursors of vitamin A) and significant amounts of silicon. The combination of silicon and the protective mucus containing calendula makes one of the most important herbs to treat skin problems, for the cure of which the body must regenerate new tissues. The flowers of Calendula are considered beneficial to reduce inflammation, the quick recovery healing and antiseptic capability. They have been used to treat various skin diseases and is effective against skin ulcers. The calendula have healing properties, soothes skin irritations and redness and is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin. Is also moisturizing and emollient. Additionally, pectins contained in the leaves of making moisturizing agent. Even gives elasticity to the skin and helps in the treatment of stretch marks and wrinkles. (When taken internally as a tea, can treat stomach ulcers redness, inflammation).
The oil extracted from the kernel of Apricot is a very delicate in texture oil rich in vitamin A and B, which help in healing and renewal of skin cells. Typically used in preparations for the face because of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Ideal for all types of skin.To apricot oil is lighter than the oil of almond and better suited for mixing of creams and oils for face.To oil pit of apricot easily absorbed by the skin and has a strong emollient properties as it is rich in viatmini A, B and E, operating sedatives and reliever in skin dryness. This carrier oil has a light and non-greasy texture, moisturizes, heals and protects mature and sensitive skin.
Apricot was first cultivated in India and China around 3000 BC. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great. Apricot is used in order to soothe inflamed, dehydrated, mature, sensitive and irritated skin. It has moisturizing and emollient properties.
The pine is rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids known as proanthocyanidins, which are condensed tannins responsible for astringency in fruits and herbs. The bioflavonoids help in healthy functioning of capillaries and cardiovascular system, detoxify the body from free radicals that damage cells and DNA and protects the body from oxidative damage. The pine tree is also antiseptic, expectorant, anti-aging, antioxidant properties and are rich in vitamins C and A. It has strong antimetallaxigones, antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties, which help to prevent the creation of cancer cells. According to the father of history, Herodotus, the ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification of the dead as they had knowledge of its antiseptic properties.
He has the Latin name “salvia” from the verb salvere, meaning “be healthy”. It was considered a sacred herb by the Greeks who dedicated it to Zeus. The report Dioscorides, Aetios, Hippocrates and Galen, who extolled the privately. The Chinese call it Greek sprout and felt better than tea which for centuries have developed a unique system of traditional medicine based on herbs in the Middle Ages exchanged three times the amount of the best quality tea with a little sage. Excellent tonic and cordial. It stimulates the nerves, the adrenal glands and the circulatory system. Nefrotonotiko for any form of debility and weakness, sharpens the mind and stimulates memory (discernment). Disinfectant, natural antibiotic, has antibacterial antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, isostatic and astringent action.
Peppermint or mentha piperita, such as the Latin name, is a hybrid of spearmint and hydromentas known since early antiquity to pharmaceutical and deodorant properties, mint ‘claims’ position in our daily lives since the benefits of the human body are many. The ancient Greeks considered it refreshing for the mind and medication for headache while the Romans used it not only to the delicacies and the water of the bath. The main active substances in essential oil of peppermint is menthol (alcohol), the menthone (ketone) and tannins. Simultaneously, the leaves of peppermint containing vitamins A and C, niacin (vitamin B3), magnesium and iron. The essential oil of peppermint prevents the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, helps digestion, relieves headache, combats stress and tension and removes negative thoughts.
The herb Louisa, with the Latin name «Lippia citriodora» belongs to the family Verbenaceae (comprising about 250 species) and originates from America. Today, however, we consider now our own plant and mention except the scientific names of the Kitriosmos Verbena and lemongrass because of lemony scent of the flowers and the leaves. The verbena is a medicinal flower caring for our good health in many ways, as a decoction or oil, since both the flowers and the leaves are very beneficial to the human body. In folk medicine, Verbena has been used to treat skin inflammations, wound healing as well as high blood pressure (hypertension). Among others, the tea verbena has excellent therapeutic properties to combat headaches, toothache, sore throat, fatigue, anxiety, anemia, and diseases of the urinary tract. Herb considered extremely effective in slimming since it has the capacity to burn fat, while further combat cellulite.
Night prime rose “The spirit of transformation”
This essence is about communication and nurturing and can be very helpful if we’ve felt unwanted. It helps us to rediscover and connect with the source of our self-confidence, our beauty and our feminine aspect, in both men and women. It can help to stabilise our moods and encourage us to relax. Evening primrose oil is the oil from the seed of the evening primrose plant. Evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis, weak bones (osteoporosis).It is also suggested that evening primrose oil might increase estrogen levels. The seeds of evening primrose used for the production of evening primrose oil which is an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids. Evening primrose oil has proven to be a very effective therapy for many diseases of the skin and can also help prevent diseases including breasts and central nervous system. One of the essential components of omega-6 fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and is believed the active ingredient of evening primrose oil. Gamma-linolenic acid is known to soothe inflammation in the body and maintains the immune system. Several studies have shown that supplements taken orally and contain evening primrose oil, may help in the treatment of skin diseases, including inflammation and are associated with autoimmune reactions of the body, including eczema, scaly skin (ischthysosis vulgaris) and atopic dermatitis. Evening primrose oil is approved for the treatment of these conditions in many countries. The gamma-linolenic acid contained in evening primrose oil helps maintain the integrity of the myelin sheath surrounding nerves and protects from damage.
The fruits of rose and rose hips are known for their high content of vitamin C. 100 grams rosehips contains 426mg of vitamin C and 131 grams of fresh orange juice contains 96mg of vitamin C. On average dried rosehips containing 1.250mg vitamin C per 100 grams. The rosehip is also an excellent source of vitamin A, K, E, B (B2, B3), and D. Vitamin A maintains in good condition the bones, teeth, skin, mucous membranes and improves vision. Reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin K keeps the bones in good condition and helps in blood clots. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage by free radicals in the body. Reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin B2 is required to convert food into energy, and is an antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals in the body. Vitamin B3 and this is necessary to convert food into energy and also helps in the good condition of the liver, eye, hair and skin. It is a water soluble vitamin which reduces cholesterol in blood and improves circulation. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus and the healthy condition of the bone. The rosehips containing bioflavonoids compounds with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and riboflavin which helps in good condition of the eyes, hair, skin, and liver. Also a rich source of calcium, potassium pectin, polyphenol, citric acid, malic acid, tannins, carotenoids, magnesium and manganese.
It is known that the ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to scent their bath. The rose essential oil has:
- Antibacterial properties: it can help treat acne or reinforce the skins with acne tendencies.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: it can help come from swellings on the skin and superficial redness. The properties of “calm” the skin and can calm an epidermal eczema.
- Antioxidant properties: Roses have high levels of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that protects cells
- Hydration: The natural oil contained in roses, locks moisture into the skin and helps to be soft and smooth. Very helpful and sensitive skin, because the sugars contained in petals create a “tranquilizer” feeling.
- Relaxation: The essential oil of rose is number one in aromatherapy. The rose petals help to detoxify and tranquility of our organization.
7. Stimulation: Roses close skin pores and restore the skin’s natural glow.
The Lupine (Lupinus spp.), – Lupines, or pikrokoukia Loubounis – is the plant of the legume family (Fabacae) and has about 300 species (with the yellow and white kind of regarding predominantly native of Southeastern Europe and Asia). According to historical data, the plant is believed to originally cultivated in Egypt and his presence was intense and in Ancient Greece where Theophrastus and Dioscorides, refer to the plant as a “hot” (the day) and recognize two varieties – the bitter and sweet. It boasts the high content of high quality protein (up to 40% for the yellow variety) and fats – mostly unsaturated (10%), fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and zinc .. Externally, it is used as a poultice to abscesses and inflammations, ulcers, skin diseases such as eczema and lichen – a soothing and emollient. The cyano type also has sedative properties and can be used in situations insomnia and overcurrent / hyperactivity disorder (usually in the form of tincture).
The Cocoa Butter (Cocoa Butter) comes from the seed treatment plant Theobroma cacao, known in Greece as cacao. The scientific name theobroma derives from the Greek words “theos” for “god” and “brome” for “food”, literally referring to the “food of Gods”. There is historical evidence that the seeds of the cocoa used since 1900 BC. The Cocoa Butter is known for its antioxidant properties as it contains Vitamin E. It is still best known for its effectiveness in the treatment of stretch marks, scars, “discoloration” of the skin, dark circles eyes and wrinkles, as high in Vitamin K (7 mcg per 28gr.) gives it strong “healing” properties. The cocoa butter is ideal for dry, tired and “aged in” skin, and has a strong moisturizing effect. This is because it is made of 100% vegetable fat and contains proteins and carbohydrates. Softens the skin and improves elasticity.
Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) is known ornamental plant which can be found in most Greek yards. Usually selected because of resistance and intense aroma. Apart from the cosmetic use, Geranium has important therapeutic properties. The essential oil obtained by distillation of the flowers and leaves and has a lively flavor. The essential oil of Geranium is used in aromatherapy for emotional-hormonal balance and reduce stress. Furthermore a strong astringent, antibacterial and antimicrobial activity. A few drops of essential oil can help treat various skin problems like acne, spots, oiliness, wrinkles, wounds, bruises, bumps, etc. The Geranium stimulates blood circulation, function of the lymphatic system and adrenal. According to an urban legend, people planted geraniums around their houses to keep evil spirits away.
The Myrtle sacred plant since ancient times, was associated with several deities, especially with the goddess of love Aphrodite. In ancient Greece and Rome the essential oil of myrtle was used to prepare a special water, later called angelic water (Angel water), which was thought that he had the capacity to bring the freshness and youth of the skin. Also as a medicine since ancient times, was used for a variety of diseases and mentioned by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides. Occasionally healed with myrtle gingivitis, skin diseases (eczema, rashes), bleeding, diabetes etc. The properties of the magical aromatherapy is the purification, renewal and elimination of any negative energy nature. This oil symbolizes purity and rebirth. Ideal oil for balancing harmony, meditation and uplift the internal spirituality. Today has now certified that the myrtle has powerful anti-wrinkle properties, because this changes the life of cells, enhancing protein synthesis SIRT-1. Helps correct cell communication, acting on kaveolines, and ensuring the proper functioning of cells. The leaves are astringent, tonic and antiseptic. Acts against skin diseases and eczema.
The favorite Cleopatra`s plant for cosmetics. The saffron, is one of the most valuable spices that made “break” from ancient chronia.Chreiazontai 150000 flowers for one kilo of saffron … A mythical ingredient, 2 times more expensive than gold and 10 times more expensive than the most expensive caviar! The yolk is the richest ingredient in Agglomeration glycans released (following evening primrose).
Glucans helps in:
- a) in the communication between cells
- b) in cell metabolism
- c) the deep restructuring and regeneration of cells.
The glycans are 200% more antioxidants than vitamin E and 500% higher than vitamin C. The antioxidant action also saffron and due to carotenoids containing with many favorable effect on the skin. For carotenoids found that can inhibit the proliferation of leukemic cells and this According to a study of the Laboratory of General Chemistry, Agricultural University of Athens in collaboration with the French Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Biomoléculaire, UFR de Pharmacie, concerning the crocin contained in stigmas of saffron (says is unusually soluble carotenoids can inhibit leukemic cell proliferation)
Spatholado (St. John’s Wort)
With properties that classify as one of the very important human therapeutic herbs, the herbal remedy since ancient times is known to effectively treat skin problems, wound healing and strengthening the immune system. H scientific name is Hypericum perforatum, but is better known as St. John’s Wort or Hypericum perforatum or St-John’s-wort. Other names are: Balsam leichinochorto, sedge, spatula, Trimming, herb St. John the Baptist, St John, St. John’s wort, herb banishes the devil. Got sedge name because it heals the wounds from swords to maches.Oi ancient Spartans used it to heal their wounds after battles, but also the stomach ulcer and depression. This plant is distinguished not only for its bright yellow color, but also for the many healing antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent excellent healing. The red color, which color the oil, due to two substances, hypericin, and hyperforin. These substances are thought to act as antibiotics, antiseptics, bactericides and anti-inflammatory. H most significant active substance balsamic herb is hypericin, which is located throughout the plant, but at a higher concentration in the flowering tops. It also contains flavonoids (16% in the leaves), xanthones, phenolic acids and traces of essential oils (0.13%).
The beneficial properties of mastic and mastic oil for health, was already known since ancient times and for good reason. Mastic called the aromatic resin, extracted from the mastic tree. From the period of the 3rd century dates the cultivation of the plant, where according to local tradition, the mastic trees began to shed tears when St. Isidore was martyred by the Romans around 250. mastic considered a product with truly admirable characteristics for medical, cosmetology, confectionery, orthodontics, etc. Research shows that the mastic has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. Mastic acts healing, lysing inflammation specific organs. Clinically, mastic is highly accepted and beneficial for the treatment of duodenal ulcer, as it can inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Recent studies have demonstrated the presence of polyphenolic compounds, known for its strong antioxidant activity, and protect tissues and cells of the body, the presence of free radicals.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia is famous for its wonderful aroma and its healing properties. Lavender is used by Mediterranean peoples for more than 2500 years. The therapeutic properties rank among the 20 most important herbs and just gave her the title “Blue Gold.” In the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians and the Arab peoples used lavender in embalming, in cosmetics – massage oils and aromatic ointments – and the remedies of the season. In ancient Greece, Theophrastus mentioned in the therapeutic properties of the perfume. Dioscorides in the famous sygramma De Materia Medica says the consumption Lavender helps relieve indigestion, headaches and sore throat. Simultaneously Dioscorides he considered appropriate (outdoor use) for the treatment of wounds and skin diseases. The Roman soldiers took lavender on campaigns to pamper wounds and spreads patient rooms to “clean” air. Lavender “forgotten” during the early Middle Ages, but the monasteries guarded knowledge properties. Using Lavender “revived” the reign of Henry the 8th and since then has gradually become one of the most popular herbs in Europe. In modern herbal medicine mainly used to reduce stress and hypertension and in cases of depression and mild depression. The extract is considered by many herbalists suitable for the treatment of nerve headaches and insomnia. Lavender has strong antimicrobial activity and for this reason it is considered ideal for healing of minor wounds, cuts, etc., while suitable for the “purification” of the skin in cases of acne, dermatoses and eczema.
The wax is the fatty substance produced from kerogen glands bee used for the manufacture of honeycombs. The wax used by bees to cover the ripe honey has antibiotic substances that contribute to the maintenance of honey. The complete chemical composition of the wax is still unknown. But many known substances have been identified, such as various kinds of esters, hydrocarbons, acids, etc. versatility of wax alcohols demonstrated by its application in medical science. Used as a pharmaceutical gives very good results in chronic mastitis problems, eczema, burns, wounds and various skin diseases in general (dermatitis, acne, folliculitis). Beeswax has emollient properties, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing and helps the skin to have a smooth and elastic structure.
Wheat germ oil
Oil from wheat germ ..
The oil of wheat germ, is extremely nutrient for the skin. is rich in vitamin A (which protects the skin from blemishes), B1, B2, B3, B6, D, F, proteins, trace elements. Vitamin C (which is ideal for protecting the skin from premature aging), vitamin E (having antioxidant activity), contains vitamin F (UV filter), lecithin and sterols. It’s really therapeutic and tonic. It helps in the remodeling of skin tissues, prevents dryness of the skin and is a powerful natural antioxidant. It works soothing in dermatology surges. Faces, dry skin, redness of burning and running relievers in psoriasis and eczema
Castor oil is high ricinoleic acid. This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Due to the low molecular mass, has the characteristic that penetrates the skin. The main component of castor oil (content up to 95%) is the ricinoleic acid (Ricinoleic Acid), has a remarkable anti-inflammatory properties, while presenting and analgesic action. The castor oil or castor oil are species of vegetable oil produced from the tropical plant ricin joint. Previously it was used to treat skin diseases, and today is used in cosmetics and creams to “boost” hair growth and anti-aging products, stimulates collagen production and elastinis.To Castor oil is particularly rich in Omega-9 fatty acids. These acids exhibit remarkable anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and for this reason, in recent years, castor oil has become particularly popular for the treatment of severe skin disorders such as e.g. is acne. Furthermore, castor oil is a first order moisturizer as it has the capacity to “trap” the moisture of the skin – preventing dehydration and premature aging.
Symbol of female beauty to the Chinese symbol promise in Jewish culture, but also a symbol of spring, patience and hope in Greek mythology.
The almond is rich in vitamins E and K, has significant anti-aging and healing properties for the skin. Also, it is rich in palmitic, oleic and linoleic acid, important for their stimulant properties on the skin, and trace elements such as zinc and iron, necessary for balancing the skin functions.
The Latin name of the plant is Helianthus annuus (Sunflower annual) and belongs to the family of Composites. The encounter with the names sunflower, sunflower, liodromi. The flower contains a flavonic glycoside, the koursimetrini, accompanied by other chemical compounds among which is histidine. The seeds contain oil in an amount of 25-40%, proteins, cellulose, tannin, lecithins, methionine, vitamins A, B, C, K, niacin, etc. It is an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium exhibits opposite effects from those of calcium, thereby helping to control the nerves and muscle pain. Inadequate magnesium intake is associated with the occurrence of hypertension, muscle spasms, migraines, muscle cramps and general tiredness. Thus, consumption of seeds can ensure adequate intake of magnesium and benefits.
– It is one of the richest sources of vitamin E in nature, the main antioxidant vitamin protects skin cells and heart from aging and oxidation.
– But they are an important source of other antioxidants such as selenium, which strengthens the antioxidant defense and the immune system of the body.
– It is rich in minerals such as iron, copper, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, vitamins, folic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6, at well-fatty acids such as unsaturated fatty acids.
– They contain plant sterols
Chamomile, or Chamopoulia, (Marticaria Chamemilla) got its name from its aroma (apple soil) and the first to indicate its beneficial properties is Hippocrates (460-370 p. X.), The father of medicine he considered emmenagogue and medicine against hysteria. Since antiquity chamomile, used for therapeutic purposes. Consumed for stomach discomfort, bowel or bile. Recommend to women to reduce pain during menstruation. Moreover, topically used as patch to wounds to heal more rapidly. The properties of chamomile caused by active substances such as coumarin, essential oils, flavonoids, the azulene, cadmium and minerals. Today, the most common property of chamomile is related to its ability to calm the nerves and relax, soothing insomnia and enhancing sleep. Known for its antiseptic, sedative and anti-allergic properties. With external application contributes to healing of burns and eczema. Compresses with chamomile decoction is soothing for any kind of skin problem. Chamomile finds many applications in the field of aesthetics, mainly due to the beneficial and soothing properties of the skin. Flavonoids contained have positive effects on the peripheral circulation of particular interest in inflammatory reactions due to their antioxidant.
The ointment is an aromatic resin extracted from the tree Commiphora Myrrha. In Ancient Greece used the ointment for the treatment of wounds and in the temples of antiquity as incense in rituals for the call of the gods. The Egyptians used the myrrh for embalming and for disease therapies. In 1,550 BC in Egypt discovered a papyrus containing 700 diseases (including cancer) treated with myro.Stous biblical times was one of the three gifts (frankincense, myrrh / myrrh, gold) of the Three Magi in newborn Jesus Christ . The healing properties of myrrh due to antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, antiparasitic, tonic, sudorific, healing, antiseptic, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. The main constituents of the essential oil of myrrh is Alpha Pinene, Cadinene, Limonene, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Cresol, Heerabolene, Acetic Acid, Formic Acid and Sesquiterpenes.
This oil contributes to good skin hydration and improved elasticity. Rejuvenate the skin and helps in the battle against wrinkles. It is antiseptic, sedative, preventing spasms, cleanses the body of toxins, balancing the body’s systems and calms the spirit. Has the ability to discharges of tension and anxiety. We relax the pressure of insomnia and helps us for a good and balanced sleep. In arromatotherapeia used to fight depression. And can cure insomnia due to stress. Refreshes skin cells so the skin appears brighter balanced and fresh. The Neroli sweetens and alleviates the heart and soul. Beautifies and balances so it is one of the most favorite essential oils. It offers relaxation and beauty are looking everywhere in nature!
The balm is known herb called and balm. Belongs to the family Labiatae, ie mint. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent. During the summer “creates” small white flowers full of nectar which attract melisses.I smelling herb that is due to the essential oil containing citral, citronellal, geraniol and linalool. In the Middle Ages used the balm to make elixirs youth. The beneficial properties are many. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, while stimulating the heart and our circulatory system. It is very effective plant to combat viruses, especially for the control of herpes labialis.
These properties affect up to our nervous system. In fact, acts against insomnia, stress and irritability, and helps in the treatment of depression and panic attacks. It also enhances the perception and memory and helps patients with Alzheimer’s.
Jasmine or otherwise Jasminum grandiflorum has soothing, relaxing, antiseptic properties. Acting against anxiety, headaches, hypertension. Helps eliminate toxins, the acceleration of cell metabolism and improve blood circulation. Has astringent properties which help in the treatment of inflammations of the skin, has antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer properties. It is used in aromatherapy to calm emotions and as an aphrodisiac. Valuable drug in cases of depression because it produces a feeling empistosinis, optimism and euphoria. Rejuvenates and restores the balance of energy.
Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel maiden)
A seedling with many unique properties, useful for all ages and all skin types. With strongly astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect useful in oily skin, providing visible results in other dilated pores and eliminate acne. The healing and regenerative properties restore troubled skin, reduce skin imperfections and protect against premature skin aging. Historically Hamamelis originally used as a herb from the Indian tribes of North America. It was used for astringent properties. Soak in water the bark of young twigs and they made therapeutic ofthalmoloutro. The Cherokee rubbed into the wounds and abrasions while the Iroquois used it to prevent bleeding after childbirth. The Hamamelis became known for its properties from 1848 onwards, when the American Theron T. Pond “commercialized” the extract, based on the knowledge acquired from the Indians of the tribe Oneida.
The healing properties of propolis have been known since ancient times, during the referred to as “black wax”. Folks who flourished around the Mediterranean using propolis as a medicine, and had found the anti-inflammatory action.
The Egyptian priests used propolis for treatments in a wide variety of diseases, as well as in embalming corpses. The infamous mummies there and admire today in various museums owe largely sustainability in different preparations based on propolis. The women of the royal sequence used propolis stirring the milk for the manufacture of beauty solutions.
In Minoan times the bee symbolized fertility with the known signal bee Mallia.
Hippocrates recommends the spread of propolis for healing of wounds and burns.
Democritus argues that the longevity and health due to the consumption of bee products and especially of propolis,
In ascent (4th book of Xenophon) are descriptions of the hive, the queen propolis and bee.
Aristotle was the first melissologos researcher describes the 3rd century BC in the book of “Parts of Animals” the beekeeping epistimi.Ta writings became the basic knowledge source for later writers (Greeks Romans and Arabs).
Pliny (Roman historian and author of scientific encyclopaedia) in his book “Natural History” says propolis as expensive than honey. In Rome where there was an entire culture was dedicated to bee and its products every Roman legionary had with him during his military campaigns. The famous philosopher Avicenna (11th century) had noticed that propolis acts effectively to injuries bow arrows. The main research documented properties of propolis are:
It stimulates the motility of macrophages immune cells and suppresses some enzymes which allow an inflammation to develop.
The ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF PROPOLIS
Propolis covers a wide range of bacteria. Propolis acts on staphylococcus, streptococcus in. The sinamiko acid, certain aromatic components and many flavonoids are substances due whose propolis acts as antibacterial agent. Japanese researchers demonstrated that propolis inhibits proliferation of bacteria. (Gander)
The action of propolis against viruses is also very important, and the flavonoids it contains is also responsible c it. The activity against herpes virus type, and adeno-viruses has been fully explained. Other ingredients, such as esters and caffeic acid are involved in the action of propolis against Sousse viruses. Finally propolis acts prophylactically influenza, hepatitis B and herpes zoster.
Propolis is proving effective against attacks of pathogenic fungi on the skin. In dermatology and cosmetology provides shine and luster of the skin by reducing candida and microsporum (pathogenic fungi). Activates the immune system and produce a large number of macrophages, necessary for the extermination of fungi and bacteria.
Healing properties – propolis achieves the healing of damaged tissues mainly due to the essential oils it contains. Studies have demonstrated the protective effect of propolis in tissues exposed to radiation. Furthermore, the antioxidant activity of propolis due to flavonoids bind free radicals of oxygen.
The anesthetic properties of volatiles due to the oils (essential oils) and recommended for local anesthetic activity (e.g., insect bites).
Propolis is effective in controlling pests such as trichomonas, tripanosoma etc. This effect is due to inhibition of the synthesis of the protein
It stimulates the mobility of macrophage immune cells and suppresses some enzymes, which allow inflammation to develop A possible explanation of this action of propolis is inhibition of prostaglandin, which is responsible for the onset of inflammation .
Elder (Sambucus nigra):
The elder centuries used for its antioxidant action for strengthening the immune and respiratory systems, lower cholesterol, improve vision in repairing skin in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections and to remove the body from toxins.
In ancient Greece it was known by the name Aktaia. The healing properties of Aktau became known in 400 BC by Hippocrates and Dioscorides says they made tea leaves to address the phlegm. The elder is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, numerous phytochemicals including betulin, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins, quercetin, rutin and beta-carotene. Phytochemicals are antioxidant compounds found in flowers and fruit and prevent the creation of free radical induced damage to cells and our DNA.
Flavonoids contained in elder containing antiallergic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, diuretic, laxative and insect repellent properties.
Anthocyanins contained in the flowers and the fruit give the black color in fruits and are powerful antioxidants that voithanei boost the immune system.
The quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. Protects the depletion of calcium leads to osteoporosis, assists in healthy heart function, reduces the risk of cancer and helps to increase muscle strength and endurance.
The tannins contained in fruits of elderberry improve breathing and relief from nasal congestion
Achilles (Achillea millefolium)
The Achilles the chiliofyllos, is an herb known for its medicinal properties since antiquity, and was particularly widespread and used to stop excessive bleeding from wounds as a haemostatic properties.
Plant rich in copper containing among other ingredients, nitrates and phosphates, tannins, amino acids, salicylic acid, sugars, alkaloids and flavonoids. It has spasmolytic, astringent, sedative, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihaemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, healing, painkillers properties. The Achilles cleans blood, dilates blood vessels, menstruation, antipyretic, increased sweating. It is antioxidant and removes any toxins from the body. The Achilles is astringent, hemostatic (stops external bleeding) and healing wounds. Buffer to oily skin, deeply cleanses, heals many skin diseases, acne, herpes, skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, itching. Heals chaps teat, fissures hands and body.
Laurel Laurus nobilis
Daphne Apollo, favorite plant of gods and men. In laurel attributed medicinal properties since prehistoric times. Hippocrates the grant as an analgesic postpartum and various gynecological problems. With laurel cure infertility. Dioscurides constituted decoction in diseases of the bladder and the mold, the melted fruits of asthma and TB and the juice in the cases of hearing loss and fatigue. In folk therapeutic regarded as upstream, against arthritis deformans and auxiliary digestion. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make a plant useful in cases of injuries and combat swelling and bruising laurel oil is no longer only known for the care it provides to weak and lifeless hair is beneficial and is used by people suffering from rheumatism and arthritis. Also recommended for use for aches, sprains and contusions.