Juniper is one of the most traditional spices of Old Polish cuisine. This indispensable addition to venison dishes and marinades for meats has gone a long way to oblivion at the expense of more and more exotic products on our market. In this article, I will try to remind you what this eternally green plant is and why it is worth to use it in your kitchen.

What is juniper?
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Juniper is a conifer plant, which is part of the cypress family. This plant, next to pines, is the largest group of coniferous representatives on earth. Despite the large diversity of species (it is assumed that there are from 50 to over 70), only two of them naturally occur in Poland. This plant is grown mainly for ornamental purposes. Very often it occurs under the name of an evergreen shrub. It owes its name to its longevity, as some species can survive for over 100 years. Juniper berries are used as a seasoning for venison dishes, while branches are often used as an ingredient in herbal mixtures for smoking meats and cold meats.

Juniper – properties

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Juniper, however, turns out to be a great addition to dishes for our health. Above all, it is worth mentioning here in this plant oil, whose main source are fruits called pine cones. The composition of juniper oil contains substances called terpenes, among which should be distinguished such as camphene, limonene, pinene and terpineol.


These compounds have a strong warming and microcirculatory effect, which significantly affects the metabolism of tissues and facilitates the removal of unnecessary metabolites in cells. Terpenes also have significant disinfectant and bactericidal properties, whose strength is compared to antibiotics. What’s more, terpenic compounds are characterized by a strong diuretic effect.

In addition to these substances, juniper also has flavonoids and tannins. These are compounds whose activity in our body has been often presented by me in other articles.

In the case of juniper, this is mainly about stimulating properties of the digestive system, which results in faster and more efficient functioning of the intestines and stomach. In addition, they stimulate the liver to produce bile, which helps digest heavy and greasy foods.


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The use of juniper is conditioned by the way the plant is used. When talking about the external use of the healthy character of an evergreen shrub, one should take into consideration the warming and stimulating effect of congestion. Therefore, juniper is very often used as an ingredient in ointments or oils used to relieve rheumatism, neuralgia and rheumatic diseases. Massage around the airways is a very good solution for respiratory problems and colds. Juniper can also be used for anti-cellulite treatments as well in the case of excessive dandruff.

However, this is not the end of the uses of this plant. Juniper can also be used internally in the form of infusions, tinctures, as a spice that diversifies the taste of dishes, and also in the direct form – we are talking about chewing a pine cone. What causes the use of this plant inside our system? First of all it prevents the effects of overeating and reduces the problems on the part of the digestive system, such as bloating or constipation. In addition, it alleviates the symptoms of bacterial infection in the urinary tract, intensifies the beneficial activity of the liver by increasing bile secretion, stimulates appetite and clears the airways.

It should be remembered that in the case of juniper and other supplements, moderation and conscious consumption are of great importance. During the day it is recommended to chew up to 4 fruits of this plant, and juniper oil can only be used externally. Excessive supply of juniper can lead to irritation of the kidneys and stomach. Extracts from juniper in the form of infusions or tinctures are contraindicated in the case of acute inflammation of the digestive system, serious kidney and liver diseases and for women during pregnancy.

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What exactly is herbal medicine?

Man, living in nature, has always benefited from its benefits. Primitive people, who were mainly struggling to collect, not only satisfied their hunger but also learned the world of plants in terms of their properties. It is well known that the development of medicine is based on the trial and error method. The man observed animals and their behavior towards plants and tested their actions on their skin, gained knowledge about their pro-health and poisonous properties. As we accumulated our experiences, our knowledge about the properties of flora was born. This knowledge has served people for centuries and has not lost its relevance until today, it is still used in medicine.

History of herbal medicine
The oldest information on medicinal applications of herbs dates back to ancient Egypt, where the first crops of medicinal plants were created, including flax, Ricinus. From India comes knowledge about the use of ginger, cinnamon or ginseng. In turn, the Greeks have discovered narcotic properties including bielunia, henbane or poppy, while in Rome the famous Galen systematized knowledge about medicines and herbs. Arabs, who dealt with not only the cultivation and distribution of medicinal plants but also their processing and obtaining medicines based on them by distillation, evaporation, and filtration of essential oils, contributed to the development of herbal medicine. It is impossible not to mention the role of the Church in the development of herbal medicine. It was at the monasteries that the gardens where the plants and herbs were grown were later supplied to the local population, for example in the form of dried tea or medicinal tinctures. A perfect example is the Order of Bonifratri, which still cultivates this tradition.

Herbal medicine today (herbs and synthetic medicines)
Herbalism, otherwise called phototherapy, is one of the branches of alternative medicine. This is a field of knowledge dealing with the use of plant preparations in the fight against many disease entities. Phytotherapy is a collection of knowledge about the healing properties of active substances contained in plants, their impact on living organisms and interactions between synthetic drugs and plant products.

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The beginnings of the nineteenth century are characterized by the rapid development of analytical chemistry, which brought to medicine indisputably necessary products, which are synthetic drugs. Unfortunately, the growth of their popularity has largely contributed to the inhibition of the further development of herbal medicine. Synthetic drugs undoubtedly worked faster, more efficiently and despite many side effects were considered better than plant medicines.

Today we can observe an attempt to return to nature in many areas of life, including in medicine. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), currently, around 80% of the world’s population uses medicinal herbal products as part of healthcare. Herbal medicine is popular not only in less industrialized countries but also in more developed countries, not only economically but also scientifically. Consumers who choose plant preparations are motivated by motives such as the desire to stay healthy or improve their health, cure the disease, alleviate the unwanted symptoms of conventional medicine and the high price of synthetic medicines.

Thanks to the dynamic development of phytochemistry and pharmacology, the healing effects of many plants have been confirmed. What’s more, many new, unknown applications of plants have been discovered that are widely available, eg ginger rhizome used as a spice and digestive drug in recent years has found a new destination as an anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, a hypoglycemic and cholesterol-lowering drug.

The use of herbs in the treatment of diseases of the digestive system
In Poland, nearly 230 species of plants are considered to be medicinal. The criterion that determines that they are considered as such is the presence of active substances that undoubtedly have an impact on human physiology. These include
– sluice and rubber,
– glycosides,
– alkaloids,
– tannins,
– essential oils,
– flavonoids,
– bitterness,
– phenols,
– coumarin,
– organic acids,
– saponin.

Also, herbs provide many vitamins and microelements such as potassium, zinc, sulfur, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, silicon and many more.
Although herbs are used to treat diseases of many human organs or systems, this article will focus on their impact on the digestive tract. Although there are hundreds of medicinal herbs with medicinal properties, we will briefly discuss a few selected – generally available and commonly known plants. It is worth noting that most of them are used not only in medical practice but also in the kitchen as spices every day.

Common basil
Its composition contains essential oils – eugenol and 1.8 cineol, thanks to which basil has an activity that inhibits intestinal contractions.

Common savory
It is used not only in the kitchen but also in the treatment or alleviation of indigestion, cramps, nausea or other gastrointestinal complaints. It exhibits anti-diarrheal action.

Cinnamon, lavender, lemon balm
Recommended for severe indigestion, cramps and bloating – thanks to the ability to suppress gastrointestinal motility. Also, lemon balm and lavender have quite a strong sedative effect.


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Common yarrow
A well-known and appreciated plant in the treatment of digestive system diseases. Thanks to the spasmolytic action of the essential oil against the smooth muscle of the digestive tract, yarrow herb is often included in many herbal mixtures and preparations traditionally used in alleviating digestive disorders.

Cardamom and black cumin
These herbs are mainly antispasmodic.

St. John’s wort
Thanks to the content of many active ingredients (eg tannins, choline, flavonoids, pectins, phytosterols) St. John’s wort has been used, among others in inflammation and systolic biliary tract, initial symptoms of cholelithiasis, weakness of liver function, treatment of inflammation and digestive tract disorders.

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Caraway fruit contains, among other essential oils, organic acids, waxes, tannins, resins. The herb affects the smooth muscles of the intestines and bile ducts regulating the inflow of bile and pancreatic juice into the duodenum. It also increases the secretion of gastric juice, improves digestion. Cumin is also known for its carminative properties.

It increases the secretion of gastric juices, removes contractions of smooth muscle and gastrointestinal tract, improves intestinal peristalsis and inhibits excessive bacterial growth in them, effectively eliminates the feeling of satiety, which significantly improves appetite, also has a calming and strengthening effect.

It is mainly known for its digestive, carminative and diastolic properties.

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Peppermint was well known in antiquity. It was grown widely in Greece and Arab countries. A plant-rich in essential oils, including menthol. Also, it contains flavonoids, bitterness, tannins, organic acids, pectins, provitamins A and C and mineral salts (including potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper and molybdenum). The herb stimulates secretory functions of the stomach and liver, and increases the amount of gastric juice and bile, facilitates digestion and assimilation of food. It soothes the unpleasant feeling of bouncing over a hearty meal.

Stinging nettle
It contains formic acid, mineral salts, carotenes, vitamins C and K and very much chlorophyll. Nettle accelerates the digestion of hard to digest foods, works cholagogue and reduces the level of sugar in the blood. It is widely used in blood cleansing, including from cholesterol.

Plantain psyllid
It has a laxative effect. Used to treat constipation. The seeds soften the consistency of the intestinal mass and increase its volume. It intensifies pressure on the intestinal walls, which improves their peristalsis and facilitates and speeds up defecation.

In herbal medicine, not only plant inflorescences, but also its roots and leaves are used. The nuns are rich in bitterness, phytosterols, polysaccharides, resins, organic acids, tannins, provitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and mineral salts. Nuns are characterized by a health effect on the digestive system, primarily the liver, bile, and duodenum. It has a strong sialagogic and choleretic action. Reduces fat intake, promotes cholesterol reduction and reduces constipation and bloating.

Common chamomile
The plant contains a lot of sulfur, potassium salts, calcium, sugars, wax, polyvalent iron, strong essential oils. Chamomile was already used in the stomach and intestines in antiquity. It regulates the work of all organs of the digestive system. It has a diastolic effect, thanks to which it is used to combat flatulence, excessive gas donation, and general dyspepsia, gastrointestinal catarrh, urinary tract infections.

White mulberry
A plant is well known to people on a reducing diet. The compounds contained in it reduce the absorption of carbohydrates, thus reducing the deposition of fat. Also, white mulberry promotes the lowering of cholesterol in the blood and is an anti-inflammatory agent. A clear effect of using white mulberry is reduced appetite, especially for sweets.

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Ordinary flax
The main task of flax is to protect the gastrointestinal tract from the harmful effects of harmful substances. It is effective in the treatment of constipation. Flax seeds swell in the intestine, irritate its walls and cause mild laxative reactions. Numerous studies have shown that flax helps in the treatment of stomach ulcers, duodenum, and intestinal ailments. It also helps to lower cholesterol.

Adverse reactions and interactions
Unfortunately, we can not uncritically approach the topic of herbal medicine. The use of plants in medicine brings with it a lot of positives, but we can not forget about the negative sides. Not all disease states can be treated with herbs. Just like synthetic medicines, herbs have their bad and good sides, which is why you need to keep common sense and keep in mind that they can cause mild side effects such as headaches, allergic reactions, but also show toxic effects, often leading to organ damage and death.
Herbal treatments should be carried out under medical supervision, as the active substances contained in plants may have antagonistic or synergistic effects with synthetic drugs.

A perfect example is St. John’s wort and its interaction with anticoagulants. Ingredients from St. John’s Wort increase the activity of liver enzymes that purify the body of medicines. Higher enzyme activity translates into lower concentrations of anticoagulants, which results in a reduced effect of drugs. Also, do not forget about the poisoning properties of some herbs. Even in ancient Greece, plants were known whose extracts were used as poisons. A well-known example of their use was the death sentence issued on Socrates, forced to drink poisonous hemlock, which deprived the famous philosopher of life.

Due to the dangerous properties of some plants, their use requires not only professional knowledge but also caution and experience. There are many contraindications to the use of herbs. It should be remembered that between the therapeutic dose and the toxic dose is often a thin line.


It is worth remembering the famous words of the German physician Paracelsus, who stated that everything is poison and nothing is poison. Only the dose makes the substance is not a poison.



On the way to a slim figure and well-being, nothing can replace the proper eating habits and physical activity. However, you can help the body, including the daily diet of herbs. You should choose the ones that will be suitable for us. Below are examples of them. 


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1. Peppermint 

It supports digestion processes, increases the secretion of gastric juice. It helps with bloating and fermentation in the gut. 

2. Horsetail 

It works diuretic. Its composition contains silica, which is easily soluble in water. It improves metabolism. Equisetum arable also affects the condition of the skin, hair and nails. 

3. Common dandelion 

It stimulates liver function, supports bile secretion and helps its flow into the duodenum. The components of the dandelion increase the secretion of gastric juice, helping to digest food. 

4. Common Ravish 

In herbal medicine, both powdered bark and fruit are used. The brew stimulates the large intestine, acting laxative. It also acts as an auxiliary in the production of bile. It is essential to remember that the fresh buckthorn is poisonous. During the drying process, it loses these properties, but it should be considered. 

5. Lubiol lekarski 

It works diuretic, stimulates the digestive system to work more intensively. It also helps to reduce excessive intestinal fermentation. Relieves abdominal pain, bloating and indigestion. 

6. Common yarrow 

This herb increases the secretion of gastric juice, assists in the absorption of valuable nutrients and stimulates the digestive processes. However, it should be considered because it can cause a rash in people who are prone to allergies. In excessive amounts it can cause headaches and dizziness. 

7. Wild strawberry 

In herbal medicine, in addition to fruits, the leaves of wild strawberry are also used. They work diuretic. Infusions from leaves or fruit stimulate the metabolism and stimulate the kidneys to work better. They also eliminate intestinal inflammation. 

8. Medical sage 

It supports the secretion of gastric juice, regulates intestinal motility and acts carmine. It is used in catarrh of the gastrointestinal tract with excessive fermentation. 

9. Chili 

He comes from South America and South Asia. It is received from the dried fruits of the bushy pepper. The capsaicin contained in it stimulates the digestive processes and increases appetite. 

10. Yerba mate 

These are dried and ground leaves of yerba mate. It increases the feeling of fullness, reduces appetite and speeds up the metabolism. The mateina, the equivalent of caffeine, is responsible for this. The diuretic herbs that accelerate the processes of removing toxins from the body include nettle, coriander, aaerophytes, and hawkweed. Among the herbs that suppress the appetite, on the other hand, there are the psyllium plantain, linseed, coltsfoot, pansy herb, acacia flower. 

11. Three-colored violet, basil, savory, thyme 

The tricolor violet works detoxifyingly and slightly diuretic. It also improves metabolism. Basil supports the regulation of cholesterol in the blood, facilitates the digestion of proteins and fat. Savory stimulates the secretion of gastric juice, affects the alleviation of inflammation. Thyme has a bactericidal effect and helps digestion of fatty foods. 

12. Herbs – summary 

Various herbal mixtures, which can be bought in pharmacies and herbal stores, are composed by monks such as herbs of father Grzegorz Sroka, herbs of Father Klimuszko, herbs of the Bonifratri, herbs of the monk, which help the various functions of the organism, and the most popular are the herbs of the monk slimming. Their composition depends on the destination. As for everything, opinions 

You can find about these herbs on more than one forum. 

People who do not know the herbs should not collect them on their own, because the similarity between species is large and you can collect herbs with poisonous properties by mistake. It’s best to buy herbs in proven herbal shops, where you can find out experienced people, which herbs will be suitable for us. 

Do not mix the blends yourself, because poorly selected blends can have a negative effect on health. If you are taking other medications, use all herbs to consult your doctor to avoid that the herbs inhibit or increase the effect of the medicine. 


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Herbs on obesity

Herbs for obesity do not cure the disease itself, but are natural support for weight loss. We present herbs that in various ways favor the reduction of excessive body weight. 

Herbs for obesity can be used to treat this disease as a natural element of a slimming diet for both people in the so-called pre-overweight, i.e. overweight, as well as people already obese. Herbs securely stimulate the metabolism of the body and additionally counteract diseases which are complications of obesity, e.g. type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. 

Herbs for obesity are most often taken in the form of infusions, teas and supplements. Some of them can be added in natural or powdered form to everyday meals. We present 10 herbs that should be included in the reduction diet and their effects on the body of a person who loses weight. 


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1. Chamomile 

Chamomile, especially its dried flower baskets, is often used to increase the appetite, which is not recommended for people suffering from obesity. But this herb also has bactericidal properties. It helps to cleanse not only the digestive system, but the whole body. So let’s use it in moderation before you start to lose weight. Chamomile will also help to pass gently through the stage of withdrawal or a radical reduction of sugar in the diet. It has a calming effect, also during premenstrual tension and relieves bloating. It is also used for oral hygiene. 

2. St. John’s 

St John’s wort is another herb known primarily for its sedative properties. It has a soothing effect on sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. Obese patients, St. John’s Wort flowers are recommended for diuretic and diastolic effects. Tea from St. John’s wort will support the stomach so that it can digest heavy foods faster. 

3. Dandelion 

Dandelion will help people suffering from obesity not only to get rid of excess water from the body, but also to suppress the appetite and to clean the digestive system. The nuns also support regulation of blood sugar levels, alleviation of inflammation and removal of toxins. It is also used with anemia, nephrolithiasis, periodontitis, rheumatic diseases, boils and liver failure. 

4. Peppermint 

Peppermint has been used as a healing herb for centuries. To this day, she uses her for any stomach discomfort, because she is known primarily for its beneficial effects on the digestive system. Mint relieves symptoms of bloating, nausea, gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn. It is used, for example, in the absence of the gastrointestinal tract, intestinal colic or slight liver failure. It stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and bile from the liver, which is useful in a slimming diet. Mint also relieves migraine headaches as well as skin lesions at herpes or chickenpox. 

5. Medical sage 

Sage is the next herb that supports the secretion of gastric juices and regulates the work of the intestines – prevents fermentation of the digestive content, increases bile secretion, prevents bloating and gases. Clary sage is also used in skin wounds, toothaches, anemia, asthma, menstrual disorders and bronchitis. 

6. Medical lovage 

The medicinal lovage can be used for slimming diets as a herb supporting the body’s cleansing from excessive amounts of water as well as reducing fermentation in the gut. Loving relieves indigestion and abdominal pain and prevents bloating. It is also used for diseases of the urinary tract and kidney failure. It relieves menstrual pain in women and increases libido, or sex drive.

7. Blood yarrow 

Blood yarrow supports digestion by increasing the secretion of gastric juices and helps in better absorption of nutrients from food. It also has anti-inflammatory effects. However, you need to use it carefully, because it can cause allergy in the form of a rash. 

8. Wild strawberry 

Extract of wild strawberry leaves supports metabolism – improves digestion and has a bactericidal effect. It is also used for painful menstrual pain, inflammation and urinary problems. 

9. Three-colored violet 

The tricolor violet, also known colloquially as pansy, is a lesser-known herb, but its properties in the diet of obese people are enormous. Violet extract stimulates metabolism and increases the sense of satiety by limiting appetite. Violet is also used for skin ailments, for strengthening blood vessels, and for alleviating ailments in rheumatic diseases and eye irritations. 

10. Fucus 

Fucus helps regulate the secretion of hormones that determine hunger and satiety and support digestion. Thanks to this feature it prevents sudden weight gain and the formation of the yo-yo effect. Fucus is a rich source of iodine that regulates thyroid function. It supports the treatment of obesity, which is the result of hypothyroidism. Fucus also has mannitol – a substance with mild laxative properties. Herbs are also used in the prevention of atherosclerosis and for the relief of arthritis symptoms. 


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Herbs for a good night’s sleep – safe and effective

Some say that they need four hours of sleep, others – that sleep is a waste of time, and even sleeping for a long time do not feel sleepy. This approach definitely harms health. 

If the problems of falling asleep and waking up too early also concern you, check which herbs will ensure a good night’s sleep and why it is so important for maintaining health. Over the years, it was thought that stress, poor diet and sedentary living were responsible for lifestyle diseases. This year’s Nobel Prize winners proved that one more thing to add to these three factors is sleep deprivation. The Nobel Prize 2017 in the field of medicine and physiology went to three scientists – JC Hall, M. Rosbash and MW Young. 


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What did the Nobel Prize winners discover? 

A team of scientists has discovered a gene responsible for protein production, which in turn regulates the daily cycle of the body and individual cells. Until now, it was only known that the time of the day influences changes in the body, including stress hormone and thyroid hormone secretion, as well as blood pressure. The secret was, however, why the time of day has such an impact on living beings. 

In their studies, they found that changing the amount of light during the day causes changes in gene expression. They isolated the period gene, later discovered that the specific PER protein, encoded by the period gene, accumulates in the cell at night and degrades during the day. This intracellular rotation occurs in a circadian rhythm, or a period of about 24 hours. Protein is too little when the body is exposed to light, and it is not only natural light, but also artificial light. People who work above the norm and sleep too briefly are at risk for this protein deficit. 

What do we know about the harmfulness of sleep deprivation? 

The fact that sleep deprivation is harmful is known from today. After the discovery made by this year’s Nobel Prize winners, in a few years it may turn out that the sleep deficit is more harmful than it has been thought for years. In the light of current medical knowledge, sleep deprivation can lead to such disorders and dysfunctions as 

– weight gain 

– depression 

– speech and sight disorders 

– reduced immunity and infections 

– headaches and migraine 

– irritability and distraction 

– reduced reaction time 

– trouble with memory 

– cardiovascular diseases 

– overproduction of urine 

– diabetes 

– gastrointestinal problems 

– sexual dysfunction and decreased libido 

– faster aging 

How much do we need to sleep? 

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), with the help of experts in various fields of anatomy, psychology, paediatrics, neurology, geriatrics and gynecology, has developed recommendations for specific age groups. According to the recommendations, the length of sleep should be 

– Newborns (up to 3 months) – 14-17 hours 

– Infants (4-12 months) – 12-15 hours 

– Small children (1-2 years) – 11-14 hours 

– Pre-school children (3-5 years) – 10-13 hours 

– Children in school age (6-13 years) – 9-11 hours 

– Teens (14-17 years) – 8-10 hours 

– Adults (18-64 years) – 7-9 hours 

– Adults (over 65 years) – 7-8 hours 

Valerian for a good night’s sleep 

Valerian (or valerian) is a natural remedy recommended to people in anxiety and struggling with mental exhaustion. An infusion of valerian rootlets is especially recommended for elderly people. Valerian has a soothing effect on the nervous system, thanks to which it helps to fall asleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, try a valerian infusion. To prepare it, you need a spoon of dried root for a cup of boiling water. 

Tarragon – from the kitchen to the bedroom 

Estragon is known as a cooking spice related to with Mediterranean cuisine. Interestingly, it also has a good effect on falling asleep. To prepare one serving of tea you need 5 grams of dry tarragon leaves and a cup of boiling water. It is not recommended to exceed 2 portions of infusion per day. Another spice that can also be used as a remedy for insomnia is marjoram. Just 1 teaspoon of marjoram for a cup of boiling water. Such specifics should be drunk three times a day. 

Melisa – the most preferred for a dream 

Using melissa for a good night’s sleep is no surprise. People struggling with insomnia often reach for this natural remedy. To prepare one serving of tea you need 1 tablespoon of lemon balm for 1 cup of boiling water. 

Lime versus insomnia 

Lime tea was mainly consumed because of its taste and aroma. However, a brew prepared from one tablespoon per cup of boiling water can significantly improve the quality of sleep. People struggling with persistent insomnia are even recommended to drink up to 4 portions of linden tea per day. Soothing properties are also peppermint. Mint tea helps you fall asleep and ensures a good night’s sleep. It also relieves discomfort associated with indigestion. 

Exotic brew from Boldo 

Most herbs that help sleep are native plant species. Boldo is an exception to them – it comes from Chile and has a very relaxing effect on the nervous system. Only 1 teaspoon of dry leaves for 100 ml of boiling water is needed to prepare the infusion. It is recommended to consume a boldo infusion no more than 4 times a week. An equally exotic proposition is saffron. One of the most expensive spices in the world relieves stress and anxiety, and is also relaxing. You only need half a gram of saffron and 200 ml of boiling water to prepare one portion of the infusion. The brewing time is 5 minutes. Interestingly, the recommended maximum dose of this spice in the form of a sleeping infusion is 1.5 g per day. 

Hops help in falling asleep – as a herbal infusion (!) 

Hop cones act to relieve pain and facilitate digestion. They also have sleeping properties. 

Reach not only for infusions 

Not only infusions can help you fall asleep, but also essential oils that are anti-stress and relaxing. They can be used in two ways – in addition to the bath, or in combination with an aromatherapy fireplace. Soothing properties include, among others, cumin, lavender and marjoram oil. Their combination causes relaxation, and consequently – drowsiness. So if you do not like to drink herbal infusions, try a relaxing evening bath. 

Or maybe melatonin? 

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. Its main task is to bring the body into a deep sleep phase. Therefore, preparations containing melatonin with regular use help to fight insomnia. Preparations containing this specification are available without a prescription. Long-term use of melatonin in the form of a dietary supplement is discouraged because it can lead to the body stopping regulating the diurnal cycle on its own. 


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Sage and its health properties

Sage salvia (Salvia officinalis) is a plant originating from the regions of the Adriatic Sea. Its name derives from the Latin word salvus, which means health. It is grown on rocky, arid and sunny areas on the Adriatic, but also throughout Europe, and even in Africa and North America. In Poland, sage cultivation was initiated during the First World War. Until today, it is treated as one of the most important cultivated herbal plants. 

Sage and its health properties were already known from ancient Rome and Greece, where it was even considered a magical plant. The infusion from its leaves was recommended for strengthening, stomach discomfort, back pain, vision problems and memory loss. Greeks and Romans also treated her with snake bites. In the Middle Ages it was recommended in fever, colds, constipation and liver diseases. To date, the medical sage is used in herbal medicine and cosmetology. So what are its properties and what makes it so valued medicinal plant? 


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What ingredients does sage have health properties for? 

Sage contains compounds such as tannins, organic acids, flavonoids and phenols. It is rich in vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins) and minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc). Sage leaves are rich in essential oils that are used in the production of sage oil. 

Health properties of sage 

Thanks to the content of valuable ingredients, sage has a number of health properties. It has a beneficial effect on 

– circulatory system – reduces blood cholesterol levels and improves blood circulation, 

– digestive system – regulates digestion, relieves bloating, has a choleretic effect, 

– endocrine system – relieves premenstrual tension, regulates menstrual cycles, relieves symptoms of hyperthyroidism and menopause, 

– immune system – helps in the treatment of infections, colds, inflammations of the throat, 

– skin – helps in the treatment of acne, onychomycosis, psoriasis; heals thrush, aphthae and oral inflammation 

Sage also has a calming effect, prevents mood swings, helps fight insomnia, reduces headaches, soothes nerves and improves mood. 

Infusions of sage leaves 

On the market sage is available in the form of dried leaves for the preparation of infusions and teas. Infusions of sage leaves regulate digestion, and the drinks regularly stimulate the appetite. The compounds contained in sage reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, have a calming effect and help regulate premenstrual tension and menopausal symptoms. The sage infusion is also used to treat excessive sweating and in addition to inflammation and gastrointestinal catarrh. 

Sage oil 

Essential oils contained in sage leaves are used to produce sage oil. It has an antibacterial effect that is used to treat mine infections. Salmonella or E. coli strains. Demonstrating antiseptic activity, it can be used to treat inflammation of the skin, acne, aft and warts and bleeding gums. Sage oil is used in aromatherapy, inhalations, massages and skin care. 

The use of sage in the kitchen 

Fresh sage leaves are often used in gastronomy for preparing dishes. They are characterized by a pleasant smell and taste, thanks to which they give refreshments to the dishes. Sage perfectly blends with greasy dishes, which makes it easier to digest them. It is also added to fish dishes to neutralize their unpleasant odor. Often, sage leaves are used in the form of ornaments, min. desserts. 

Contraindications in the use of sage 

The use of sage during pregnancy and lactation can stop the formation of food, which should not be used by nursing and pregnant women. The use of antidepressants and anticoagulants is also a contraindication of sage use due to the possibility of reducing their effect. 


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Antioxidants in food – natural protection

What are antioxidants? 

Antioxidants (or antioxidants) are designed to fight free oxygen radicals. Free radicals are a very active form of oxygen that often reacts with the cell’s DNA causing damage to it. As a result, the body is aging faster and is exposed to the development of civilization diseases, such as cancer, atherosclerosis or type II diabetes. 

Free radicals are created in food as a result of, for example, frying, smoking, long storage. They can also form in the human body under the influence of stress, smog or UV radiation. 


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The strongest antioxidants are hidden in the human body and are some of them enzymes. However, in the modern world, internal protection is often not enough, so it is worth completing it by introducing sources of natural food antioxidants into the diet. 

Antioxidants in food 

Natural antioxidants for foods can be vitamins, minerals, dyes and other compounds found primarily in products of plant origin. Antioxidants fight excess free radicals, which is the cause of oxidative stress. This phenomenon is conducive to cancer, inflammation and aging. 

It has been proven that some antioxidants from foods (eg flavonoids) can inhibit the sticking of platelets, which leads to the formation of so-called atherosclerotic plaque. 

You can include natural antioxidants from food 

vitamin C (pepper, parsley, currant, citrus), 

Vitamin E (sunflower oil, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ), 

vitamin A (egg yolk, milk, tuna), 

selenium (Brazil nuts, legumes, herrings), 

manganese (bran, wheat germ, walnuts, dried plums). 

The strong antioxidants are also compounds that give intense color to vegetables and fruits. It is a form of protection against sun rays and insects. The dyes that are antioxidants include, among others 

polyphenols (including, above all, flavonoids – blueberry, blackcurrant, chokeberry, red wine), 

chlorophyll (green leafy vegetables), 

beta-carotene (apricots, carrots), 

lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon). 

Other compounds with antioxidant features are 

glutathione (avocado, asparagus, broccoli), 

catechins (green tea). 

If you want to increase the antioxidant capacity of your body, eat more vegetables and fruit. Take advantage of seasonal ones, but in the autumn and winter, frozen foods will perform equally well. Cooking slightly affects the content of antioxidants, and in some cases even improves their absorption. This happens with lycopene, which is better absorbed from tomato sauce than from raw tomatoes. Strong antioxidants are also found in legumes available throughout the year. 

Fresh herbs and spices

Not only that they smell insanely and create a taste of dishes, they are also a source of important antioxidants. According to the ORAC index, which assesses the antioxidant capacity of foods, the strongest natural antioxidants are fresh herbs and spices. 

Dietary supplements with antioxidants? 

It turns out that when antioxidants are isolated from food, they can lose their positive properties. Studies have shown that in some cases, antioxidants from dietary supplements can even work to the detriment of others. 

One of the famous studies showed that beta-carotene administered as a single compound instead of reducing the risk of cancer in smokers significantly increased it! 

Therefore, remember to focus primarily on natural sources of antioxidants! 

TOP 10 natural antioxidants 

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Dictionary of herbal spices – part 2

Scandinavian salad 


It is a basic addition to sandwiches, salads, salads prepared with the addition of lemon juice, wine vinegar or mayonnaise and yoghurt sauces. Irreplaceable when decorating dishes. 


Her leaves have an exceptionally delicate flavor. Rich in vitamin A, C, iron and mineral salts. 


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It is used for fatty meat from mutton, pork, as well as poultry, goose, duck; Eel fish, herring. It is added to vegetable and meat salads, poultry stuffing, desserts and cakes. It increases the taste of dishes prepared using tomatoes, cabbage and peas. You can add it to pickling cucumbers. 


He comes from the Mediterranean. 


It has a slightly bitter taste. It improves the functioning of the digestive system, reduces blood sugar levels. Infusions from sage relieve throat and skin inflammation. 




Used for dishes made of potatoes, legumes, meat soups, roasts, fish, egg dishes, cottage cheese, sauces, sandwiches. Always as a fresh addition. 


Grown in home gardens and plantations in Europe and Asia. 


Accelerates digestion, increases appetite, strengthens the stomach. It contains a large dose of vitamin C (50-100 mg 100 g leaves), moreover, carotene, vitamin B2, volatile oil with sulfur compounds, a large amount of sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. It lowers blood pressure. 




Most often for fatty dishes of meat, baked potatoes, sausages, eggs fried in bacon and cheese. It is perfectly suitable for dishes from legumes. Used for marinades, herbal vinegar, for pickling and marinating cucumbers. It is suitable for all dishes made of braised and baked tomatoes. Perfectly removes the unpleasant smell of sea fish. 


It is widely cultivated in Europe and North America. It comes from the Mediterranean. 


It has a spicy taste and a refreshing aroma. Thyme herb contains many valuable for healthy substances, among others, with bactericidal properties, improving circulation. 


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Dictionary of herbal spices – part 1

I invite you to read the information about different types of herbal spices and their use. 


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It is used primarily as an addition to tomatoes in any form – sauces, soups, purees, salads. It is also used for vegetable salads, with the addition of dairy products and seafood, legume soups, fish; poultry, pork, freshwater fish, omelettes, pizzas. 


He comes from India. 


A spicy aroma and acidic refreshing taste ensured her great popularity. This plant contains active essential oils, vitamins A, C, B5 and elements calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium. It has a positive effect on digestive processes 




First of all, the soup (beetroot) is known. It is also a supplement of salads. 


Eastern and Central Europe. Mediterranean area. 


Botwinka is a very healthy vegetable. It contains protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, potassium (most among vegetables) calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin PP and vitamin C. 




Fresh coriander leaves are a great addition to soups, sauces and Asian dishes. Ripe fruits are a spice used to preserve meat, peppers, cabbage. 


Comes from the Mediterranean regions. 


It improves digestion, stimulates appetite, purifies blood, relieves spasms and strengthens digestion. 




Young shoots are used for soups, salads, egg dishes, cottage cheese, stewed mushrooms and fish. It combines well with roast meat of lamb, veal or poultry. It can be enriched with a baking sauce, sprinkled with cooked vegetables with butter and seafood. Chopped leaves increase the advantages of omelettes and salads. 


Comes from the Mediterranean regions. 


Magi (lovage) 


Applies to sauces (herbal, baking), soups (from legumes and vegetables), vegetables (beetroot, spinach, carrots), rice dishes, groats, poultry (boiled chicken), scrambled eggs, fried fish. Perfect for seasoning herb butter, salads, marinades, mutton. 


It comes from the mountainous regions of southern Europe. 


It smells spicy, intensely. It is a medicinal and spice plant. Has choleretic activity, stimulates digestion. 




Used for seasoning soups (potato, pea), boiled vegetables (potatoes, beans), sauces, meat dishes, pates, chopped meat. The seeds are used to rub poultry, mutton before baking. It improves the taste of mushroom dishes. Marjoram herb is included in the carmine mixture for children along with camomile, mint, legume, lovage root, dill, medicinal hyssop and marjoram herb. 


It comes from the south-eastern regions of the Mediterranean. 


It has a strong spicy flavor and aroma. It stimulates the appetite, improves digestion, has calming properties. It is used in the treatment of asthma, insomnia, migraine also when there are mimic cramps, airway cramps, and digestive pains. gastroenteritis. In pharmacies there is a marjoram ointment used for nasal rhinitis in children. 


Lemon balm 


It is used for seasoning salads (from cucumbers), juices, vegetables and soups. Gives a specific flavor to fish and poultry dishes. Covering with fresh leaves of sea fish removes or soothes their specific smell. 


It comes from the eastern Mediterranean regions. 


It has a strong, refreshing, slightly lemon aroma. Has a strengthening and calming effect, stimulates the appetite. It is often used against colds. 




Herbal teas are prepared from it, flavored with spirit. It is seasoned with casseroles, roast mutton, lamb and chicken. It is added to stewed cabbage, carrots, peas and leeks. A small amount of leaves can be added to vegetable soups, fruit soups, herb soups, salads (fruit, cucumbers), marinades for meats, fish dishes and cheese. 


He comes from China and Japan. It is a spice and healing plant. 


Mint leaves have a diastolic effect and are effective in diseases of the stomach with neurotic background. It has a pleasant, refreshing fragrance. 




For seasoning vegetables tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, onions, legumes; cheese, fish and crabs. Meat stew is also stewed with pork, beef, veal and lamb, meatballs and stuffing from minced meat; sauces (tomato) salads and soups. Is the basic seasoning for pizza and spagetti. 


He comes from the Mediterranean. 


It has a touch, a delicate aroma and a spicy, slightly bitter taste. It belongs to the main spices of Italian cuisine. It perfectly harmonizes with basil, thyme and pepper. 




Eat the whole year. Apply to both sandwiches and salads, soups, sauces, meats, groats, rice, eggs, baked potatoes, meat stuffing for practically everything. 


It comes from the Mediterranean areas. The roots and leaves contain vitamins A, C and E and an essential oil with a specific taste, aroma and healing properties. 


It is very impressive as a decorative element. It smells good and the taste speaks for itself. Causes that we are healthier, nicer (decoction brightens the complexion), helps to treat indigestion, anemia, lack of appetite, states of nervousness. 




It is used for seasoning roasted meats, venison and fish. It is a great addition to sauces and dishes made of rice, vegetables and mushrooms. 


Comes from the Mediterranean regions. 


It is characterized by a strong, spicy smell, slightly bitter taste. Rosemary leaves added to the bath have a refreshing effect. Decoction strengthens the stomach, nervous system, department, diastolic and cholagogue. 


Rucola (Rocket) 


It is used as a component of salads, addition to beans and green lettuce. The dishes give a slightly spicy flavor. Chopped leaves are added to cottage cheese, eggs, sauces and cold snacks. The leaves can also be steamed and eaten like a vegetable. The younger the leaves, the milder the taste. 


Rucola comes from Southern Europe and West Asia. 


The plant was already known in ancient Rome, where it consumed spicy leaves and seeds as a spice. Rucola was also used in the form of a cough syrup. Currently the most popular and willingly used in Central, Eastern Europe, Italy, Spain and the Middle East. In India, Rucoli seeds are made of special oil used, among others, for preserving vegetables. 


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Mountain rosacea improves mental functions

Rhodiola rose (rhodiola rosea) is a very interesting herb used in Chinese and Scandinavian medicine probably for 3,000 years. Other common names are Rosavin, Rosenroot, Rhodiola Rhizome, Golden Root, Arctic Root, Rhodiola. 


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The most important effect observed in scientific research is the reduction of tiredness and exhaustion, eg during stressful situations. 

Active substances in rosacea

Recently, it turned out that the rosary can have a beneficial effect on higher cognitive functions. One influence of Rhodiola Rose on the divisibility of attention was examined. 

Fifty healthy participants (age range 30-50 years) received Rhodiola Rosea WS® 1375 (200 mg) extract for 12 weeks, 2 times daily. Cognitive functions were assessed at the beginning and after 6 and after 12 weeks. The study uses the paradigm of two simultaneous tasks (dual-task paradigm) involving the visual search task and the task of distinguishing syllables. 



What is the ANT test? In the ANT task, the examined person decides by pressing a key on the computer keyboard, whether the central stimulus in the form of an arrow points to the right or left. On both sides of the stimulus there are distractors – four arrows. Side arrows may be directed at the same as the central stimulus direction (condition of a compatible distractor) or in the opposite direction (condition of an incompatible distractor).

The application of rhodiola rosea has a beneficial effect on the distribution of attention resources, concentration, speed of operation and accuracy of performing tasks in situations of high complexity. 


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