Medicinal plants


Herbs and fruits of nature

Nature is not just that set of animal, plant and insect species that fills the world around us; this definition, albeit exact, is very reductive and little respectful of that «magic», that atmosphere that pervades all of nature and that has an enormous effect on us human beings. In fact, despite the historical trend says that man increasingly shifts his interests from nature to the city, the intrinsic, almost genetic link between the human being and nature remains: it often hides within us because it is dominated by other interests. , because “this is not the time”, but it never goes out and comes out overbearing at every slightest jolt. In fact, it is no coincidence that even when traveling nervously to a workplace you happen to be entranced and enchanted at the sight of a beautiful landscape: nature always manages to kidnap us, and it does so with the beauty of the places created but also with the wonder of the animal species that inhabit it (and a wonderful example of this are the flocks of swallows that punctually delight us with their choreography at every change of season). Among these species, the vegetable ones are among the best to make us happy in many different ways: the flowers for the colors and scents, the trees for their beauty, the fruits for the genuineness and the many beneficial substances, the herbs because they are a valid help for our health.


Nature, as we can see every day, is full of resources, full of beautiful things that it can give us in the most disparate forms and situations. Well, man has never let slip the possibility of having positive gratifications by exploiting these natural gifts, and from this a real discipline was born, almost a science, which however does not make use of many experiments, formulas and doctors, but it is based on the experience of our predecessors and on laboratory tests that demonstrate the positive principles: phytotherapy. While herbal medicine (and here we clarify a point of doubt of many people) is the ability to catalog, organize and collect everything that is known about plants both in terms of species and quality, phytotherapy is the ability to exploit this knowledge in so as to do good to your body, in many different cases. Nowadays this discipline (it would not be correct to call it science because it is quite another thing, even if it makes use of technical and scientific evidence) has assumed a role of primary importance both from a commercial and a corporate point of view, because taking care of one’s body and one’s health through natural remedies has become a very widespread trend, especially in the most industrialized countries.


Nature is a phenomenal set of positive substances for itself and for our body, so we could get nutrients from almost anything. Among the many things in this article we focus on the very famous and widespread aubergine plant: through its elongated fruit and dark purple color, it is a great protagonist of Italian culinary culture, or of that celebrated Mediterranean diet that is universally recognized for its authenticity. Well, the aubergine is the protagonist from the food point of view and therefore also phytotherapeutic, as eating well is taking care of your body and for this reason we will mention the positive aspects: the aubergine is very poor in sugars and calories, so it’s okay. for all diets; moreover it is composed almost entirely of water (the percentage ranges from eighty to ninety percent) and therefore also helps the hydration of the body. Furthermore, its contents of vitamins and other substances help to lower the bad cholesterol in our blood, which is always positive because this means greater functionality of the entire cardiovascular system.

Eggplant and phytotherapy

The remarkable positive actions that the eggplant has on our body seen in the previous paragraph are related to consumption as food; obviously there is much more, because the phytotherapeutic qualities of aubergine are also valid for external use: the internal pulp, peeled and rinsed, is perfect for soothing the skin, mitigating burning or even itching, and can be used for for example for redness from irritation, externally for hemorrhoids, for mosquito bites especially as a refreshing. On the other hand, the products in the form of extract and herbal tea (although very rare in Italy due to consumption as food, while in countries such as the United States, where there is no culinary culture of the vegetable, they are widespread) of the aubergine are distinguished by the good diuretic power, for the normalization of the functioning of the liver and also for the generic purification seen as the elimination of toxins accumulated in daily life. The best connoisseurs of aubergine will know that the peel contains many of the properties described above (as often happens also for fruits such as apple, apricot and the like) and in fact in the production processes of the extracts all the fruit is used, only deprived of the green part of connection with the plant itself.

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