Jojoba oil

JOJOBA OIL

The Sonora desert gets its name from the Sonora state in Mexico. It covers a considerable extension of land, as well as in parts of southeastern California, southern Arizona and a big part of Baja California.

Sonora desert has a extension of more than 100,000 square miles and as in other deserts, the arid climate makes almost impossible to have plants growing there.

Except for some of them, some species that are considered to be suitable for desert climates as Simmondsia chinensis, the plant from which Jojoba oil is extracted. Image: Simmondsia chinensis by Bri Weldon under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS

Family: Simmondsiaceae

Genus: Simmondsia

Common name: Jojoba, Goatnut, deer nut, pignut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffee berry, and gray box bush [3,13]


 

Curcumin and prostate cancer

LMU MUNICH DISCOVERS HOW CURCUMIN FIGHTS METASTASIS

 TURMERIC ROOT

Curcuma longa, a bitter taste tropical plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family cultivated extensively in Asia, India, China and many other countries [1], has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat multiple symptoms and as a natural remedy for many other ailments and affections.

Curcuma longa resembles a lot other Zingiberaceae family plants as Zingiber officinale (Ginger), and as this one has many known properties and health benefits.

The powder obtained from the dried rhizome of Curcuma longa (turmeric), known as curry, is used in many traditional Indian dishes and is part of the Indian diet since centuries ago. Image: See credits under ref. [18] below.


CURCUMA LONGA

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Curcuma

Common name: Turmeric, Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica Valeton.


 

Health benefits of walnuts

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALNUTS

WALNUTS

None doubted that walnuts played an important role in our diets. Walnuts were also claimed to be able to lower cholesterol levels, a rich source of vitamin E, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, and melatonin.

Another important role of some active constituents found in walnuts is the fight against neurodegenerative disease and able to lower cholesterol levels. Image: See credits below under reference [5].


JUGLANS REGIA

Family: Juglandaceae

Genus: Juglans

Common name: Persian walnut, English walnut, common walnut, Juglans duclouxiana, Juglans fallax, Juglans kamaonica, Juglans orientis, Juglans regia kamaonica, Juglans regia orientis, Juglans regia sinensis, Juglans sinensis.


 

HOW TO Make your own organic Dead Sea mud mask

DEAD SEA MASK

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It is known to produce one of the most reknown therapeutic muds around the world, used to produce soaps and cosmetic products as well as to serve as base for the production of many others.

Dead Sea mud has some amazing properties such as keeping the skin radiant and healthy looking. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

According to researchers of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, treatment with mineral-rich mud compresses can be used to augment conventional medical therapy [1]. Image: See credits under ref. [2] below.

 

Health benefits of Ficus carica

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FICUS CARICA AND FICUS CARICA LATEX

FICUS CARICA

Together with the grape vine (Vitis vinifera) and the olive tree (Olea europaea), Ficus carica (Common fig) is thought to be one of the first fruit crops domesticated for its cultivation that marked the start of horticulture in the Mediterranean countries [13]. In Chinese fig is known as 无花果.

The latex of fig fruit (Ficus carica) has been used in several traditional herbal medicine remedies, most of them aimed to treat skin viral infections such as warts (HPV) and other similar ones with viral origins as herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), echovirus type 11 (ECV-11) and adenovirus (ADV). Image: See credits under reference [17] below.


FICUS CARICA

Family: Moraceae

Genus: Ficus

Common name: Common fig tree [English], anjeer [Arabic & Urdu], 无花果 (Chinese).