Rosehip - or wild rose, cenbreur (in Quebec), ass-scraper - possesses recognized culinary, medicinal and cosmetic virtues. Indeed, its cynorrhodon (a word that means the red receptacle containing the fruits of the rose and rosehip) is edible and is considered a food of survival by native peoples.
From a medical point of view, the rosehip berry (slightly acidulous) would be 20 times richer in vitamin C than the orange. It also contains vitamin B, vitamin PP, provitamin A and mineral salts.
This plant of choice to start a cure at the beginning of winter has often been used to fight against influenza (in particular), but also infections.
Moreover, used as a tonic and reinforcement of the immune defences, the cynorrhodon has medicinal properties known to fight against asthenia.
In China, berries of various varieties are used to treat chronic diarrhea and urinary problems.
In Denmark, scientists have shown that rosehip berry has virtues that can also alleviate osteoarthritis.
In the form of an infusion, rosehip flower petals are used to relieve headaches and treat dizziness.
Cloves helps digestion, is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and even anesthetic. Cloves is a known remedy for its effectiveness in relieving toothache. This is such that cloves is part of the composition of most mouth baths prescribed to treat an oral condition, whether dental or gingival. It is sometimes enough to place a nail between two teeth to be quickly relieved thanks to its anesthetic action.
Cloves are not often thought of as a general tonic, yet it is excellent to give a boost to the body and to fight physical or mental asthenia. It is also effective against winter viruses such as flu, flatulence, diarrhea and intestinal parasites. Traditionally and because cloves allows the dilatation of the cervix, it is recommended to women about to give birth to consume an infusion of cloves to facilitate childbirth and reduce pain.
Cloves can be consumed directly in the form of dried nails, infusion or essential oil, decoction, alcoholic solution but also in compress, fumigation or even in the form of ointment. You can also very simply use cloves regularly in the daily kitchen.
Ginger improves circulation in all parts of the body. This fragrant root can relieve stomach pain and has been used for centuries for this purpose. Additional bonus: scientists have found that ginger inhibits the release of vasopressin, a hormone that is said to be responsible for nausea caused by motion sickness.
For the Medical School of Salerno (Italy), the first founded in Europe in the Middle Ages, ginger is considered to fight against many diseases: 'Hot ginger rightly opposes the coldness of the stomach, kidneys and lungs, quenches the thirst, revives, excites the brain, in youth awakens young and new love.'
Apart from our kitchens where ginger is a spice that perfumes many dishes, the root can be used in decoction, for example, infused for at least 5 minutes, after a meal to facilitate digestion. For the same effects, ginger can also be used reduced to powder, mixed with honey or jam.
Its external use is more unknown. In the form of essential oil, it can be prescribed against rheumatism. Its anti-inflammatory power makes it possible to significantly reduce the intensity of symptoms.
Rosemary is used in rituals and spell making to promote love, long life and happiness. Sniff rosemary essential oil to empty your conscious mind and improve your memory. Rosemary was traditionally burned in Greek temples as an offering to goddesses and gods.
When burned, rosemary emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and is used to rid a place of negativity. Rosemary is more commonly known as a symbol of remembrance and is a help to strengthen memory. Rosemary is also associated with friendship, passion and increasing mental powers, preventing nightmares and sleep.
White sage has been used for thousands of years to neutralize energies. The smoke of white sage is known to North American Indians to be very purifying. It emits negative ions that are the good things you find in the air just after a storm or in the ocean. You can dab white sage essential oil on the pulse points of your body. As for the use for fumigation, the Greeks and Romans wrote that it transmitted wisdom and mental acuity.
You can also use the smoke of a white sage stick to neutralize the energies in your home. By gently spreading it around your body and in your auric field, you can neutralize the discordant energies in it. You could also greatly enjoy this plant by planting around your home.
Basil is a symbol of fertility and in Italy it is known as the symbol of love because the leaves resemble hearts. Basil deva (vegetable spirit) is a protector of the family, and burning basil oil helps to relieve the negativity of the house.
It creates a sympathetic vibration and is often worn as an assist during clashes with other people. Basil stimulates the conscious mind to invoke happiness. It opens the meridians of the heart and erases the movements of energy between the heart and hands. Basil oil is also associated with clairvoyance, divination and honesty.
Turmeric is a spice that warms deeply and has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Known for its intense orange-yellow colour, turmeric has played an important role in many traditional cultures for thousands of years and is highly valued in the practice of Ayurveda. The true value of this medicinal root is only beginning to be understood in the West, thanks to new research that reveals the depth of its healing powers.
Cinnamon (cinnamomum cassia) is a warming spice that helps reduce body moisture by increasing circulation. An antiseptic and excellent digestive tonic, cinnamon is known to mimic the action of insulin (the body hormone that regulates blood sugar) by stimulating insulin receptors on fat and muscle cells. This action introduces sugar into the blood and cells. As a result, it has been proven that simply adding one gram of cinnamon to the daily diet of people with type 2 diabetes improves blood sugar levels, as well as blood fat, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.