Pilosella is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows spontaneously in areas of North Africa, Western Asia and also in Europe, especially in mountainous areas. It is also known by other names in the various local traditions, all linked to the particular shape: it is in fact also called mouse ear or cat's tongue, due to the rosette shape of the basal leaves; they are also covered by a down which is precisely the origin of the name of pilosella attributed to the plant. The plant, of spontaneous germination especially in areas with arid and sunny soil, is known and widespread in phytotherapy due to the varied properties that the active ingredients contained mainly in its flowers, even if to a lesser extent throughout the plant, can offer. It is in fact a medicinal plant with multiple functions and used since ancient times to combat various ailments. Among the main properties of pilosella we must remember those diuretic and anti-inflammatory, which make the plant useful on various occasions. The diuretic and draining properties of pilosella make it not only effective for rebalancing the body even after a diet that is too rich in animal proteins, but also effective in the field of beauty treatments, as it is able to counteract the formation of adipose tissues and accumulation of liquids. extensive use of pilosella is also made for the creation of sun creams and protections. Among the advantages of pilosella there is the absence of particular contraindications, although it is better to avoid its consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In any case, it is good to stick to the recommended doses and avoid taking it concomitantly with other diuretics.
The high concentration of flavonoids makes pilosella a plant with diuretic properties, and therefore very important for rebalancing the body's balance and reducing water retention, with clear effects not only on health but also from an aesthetic point of view. For the same reason, pilosella is also particularly suitable for the treatment of overweight, since the benefits of the draining action are supplemented by counteracting the formation of adipose layers that are difficult to dispose of. For this reason, the pilosella can also be used for the treatment of cellulite. Alongside these properties, which are the main use of pilosella in the aesthetic and phytotherapeutic fields, there are also other effects that have long been exploited, including its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory, thanks to the coumarins present, as well as the flavonoids. For some specific diseases, such as Malta fever, pilosella can also perform antibiotic and antibacterial action,
The pilosella is widely present on the Italian territory in the form of spontaneous sprouting, but of course it can also be specially cultivated to be then used in the phytotherapeutic field. From the point of view of the soil it is a not particularly demanding plant, which grows well even on arid and stony soils. Cultivation for private use is widespread mainly due to the often high costs that the dried product can reach on the market. However, cultivation is not very simple and requires care and patience: to grow new seedlings it is in fact necessary to collect the basal rosette when the pilosella enters the flowering phase and carry out the plant. The flowers can be preserved for subsequent cultivation or to exploit their main properties. The fact that the plant does not reach large dimensions makes mechanical processing difficult, while the cleaning of weeds must be done strictly by hand: here are some of the main reasons for the relatively high price on the market. With its vivid yellow flowers, the pilosella is grown not only for phytotherapeutic purposes but also for decoration, to give a touch of joy and color to your garden.
As anticipated, it is possible to find dried pilosella flowers on the market, even if at a price that is not always very low, to use them for decoctions or infusions. At the same time, the beneficial properties of the plant mean that the extracts are the basis of many creams to be used to counteract the onset of cellulite and to keep the skin toned, while pills and drops for internal use are popular to counteract overweight and promote slimming. In this case, the product should be taken paying attention to doses and methods, preferably under medical supervision, especially in the case of a concomitant diet and the intake of other drugs or products with the same or similar function. It is advisable not to exceed in quantities and not to excessively prolong the period of intake; to be avoided in children, especially if under three years of age. Home cultivation allows you to make healthy and effective decoctions and infusions.
Do you know the pilosella? A natural drainage useful as a diuretic and able to eliminate toxins. Here are its benefits, contraindications and all the things to know
Belonging to the family of Asteraceae, the pilosella, Hieracium pilosella, is a plant rich in beneficial properties, known to the herbalist tradition.
The Latin nomenclature refers to the term pilosus, or "hairy", referring to the appearance of the pilosella, which appears to be covered with a light down, while according to the hieracium tradition it would derive from hierax, “Sparrow hawk” because of the beneficial properties of the plant for sight.
The pilosella is characterized by an elongated stem, leaves collected at the base in the form of a rosette and inflorescences with a single flower head, of yellow color. Known for its draining power and antibiotic properties, it is a precious natural remedy. Here are Dr.'s suggestions Elisabetta Sedda, naturopath with offices in Ravenna, Modena and Forlì.
"It is a substance with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties" explains Tiziana Lugli, herbalist and naturopath in Brescia, "which contains over 80 active molecules: essential oils, terpenic acids, phytosterols, polyphenols, anthocyanins that create an extraordinary synergistic pool, very precious this season, when the lungs and upper respiratory tract are hard
proof against bacteria and temperature changes ". In Greece this resin is traditionally used as a remedy for the ailments of the first colds.
«The chew owes its beneficial effects to a mix that, as a study published in the Scientific world journal has shown, has proved particularly effective against streptococcus, the bacterium that brings with it cough, sore throat and swollen tonsils. Its antifungal and antiviral power acts on the mucous membranes of the throat, flaming them ». Chewing one of the granules for a long time is the most effective solution. But chewing has other beneficial effects and also acts on other organs.
For the purpose of homeopathic preparation, the tincture, obtained from the flowering plant through maceration during the moment of flowering. The pulsatilla fights disorders of the stomach, such as indigestion and heartburn. It is also valuable for the health of the respiratory system because it helps to counteract sinusitis and colds. In homeopathy this remedy is also known to treat migraine, menopause, anxiety and mood swings.
«The Roman emperors» recalls Tiziana Lugli «used it, mixed with honey and pepper, in the preparation of a digestive: a spiced wine with an anise flavor that was served at the end of a meal». To use mastic as a digestive, you can reduce one grain into powder, dissolve it in a glass of water and drink it all at the end of a meal. Or you can chew a grain of it for a long time, as you would a chewing gum: in contact with saliva, the resin softens, becoming an opaque white gum, which releases its properties. However, there are also chewing gums, for those used to using them. The flavor, in general, is slightly bitter at first, but during chewing it becomes fresh and reminiscent of pine or cedar. Finally, to soothe that post-prandial burn that usually occurs half an hour after meals, you can prepare a smoothie with a glass of unsweetened almond milk, a fresh fig and 2 crushed grains of mastic: this drink helps you to dab excess acid secretion and to bring the stomach back into balance. Mastic is also a liqueur, to be drunk cold in a small glass.
MASTIC PROTECTS THE GUMS
Mastic has a strong healing power. If you suffer from gingivitis, prepare a mouthwash, diluting two tears of powdered mastic resin and a drop of tea tree essential oil in a glass of water (check that the latter is for food use). On sale you will also find chew toothpaste.
Thanks to its diuretic action, birch purifies and affects the work of the kidneys. This ancient plant facilitates the elimination of toxins, rebalancing the body. Valuable in the case of edema, it can also play a positive role in premenstrual syndrome.
For centuries, birch flowers and bark have also been used to treat gout, rheumatism, inflammation and joint pain.
The best time to take it? The ideal time to take on birch sap is without food, before breakfast. During the first hours after waking up the body needs to be hydrated, so it is a good habit to start the day with a glass of water not cold. Furthermore, thedetox effect of birch stimulates theelimination of toxins and promotes the beauty of the epidermis.
In the recommended doses there are no reports about any side effects. It is to be avoided in case of allergy crusade with birches.
As a precaution, the use of birch sap is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation. Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid use in case of renal insufficiency and hypersensitivity to its components.
Before taking birch sap it is essential to compare yourself with your own doctor, the naturopath or the trusted expert. The possible interactions in the presence of therapies with diuretic, antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs.
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