Trees with healing powers: saw palmetto to cinnamon

Sawing palm against prostate sidences

Origin: The shrubby palm tree grows near the coast in the southern part of North America. The ripe, air-dried fruits are used for the production of remedies.
Effect: The main ingredients and active ingredients are steroids. They counteract the male hormones and can prevent the enlargement of the prostate (prostate gland). Urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate improve with saw palmetto preparations.
Preparations: capsules
Applications: Benign enlargement of the prostate (stages I and II).
Caution: Causes stomach upset in rare cases.
Tip: You should also go to the doctor regularly to have the prostate checked if you want to improve the condition.

Tea tree ensures pure skin

Origin: The evergreen tea tree belongs to the myrtle family and is native to Australia.

Effect: The leaves are used to extract the essential tea tree oil. The ingredients of the oil have bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Sometimes its use in rheumatic diseases and to stabilize the immune system is recommended. However, its effectiveness in these areas is not scientifically proven.

Preparations: oils, capsules, lozenges, cream, bath additive, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, balm, lotions, drops.

Applications: Skin diseases such as mild acne and athlete's foot.

Caution: Undiluted oil can lead to contact dermatitis (dermatitis) on previously damaged skin.

Tip: For foot odor, add 10 drops of oil to your warm foot bath.

Pasture for pain

Origin: The willow is a typical tree of Central and Southern Europe. In Europe alone, there are 70 different species that grow as trees, but also as dwarf shrubs.

Effect: Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) has been used as a proven painkiller for over a hundred years. In 1897, the German chemist Felix Hoffmann succeeded in artificially producing this substance. His role model was salicylic acid, an ingredient in the bark of small willow branches, which was already used in the advanced civilizations of India and Egypt, to reduce fever and relieve pain. Even modern studies have confirmed the anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effect of willow bark.

Preparations: tea, capsules, dragees

Applications: Rheumatic pain, headache

Caution: In case of hypersensitivity to salicylic acid.

Tip: Against morning stiffness, the evening intake helps.

Cinnamon - more than a spice

Origin: The evergreen cinnamon trees come from the south of China and India and can grow between six and twelve meters high, depending on the variety. The inner bark is one of the oldest spices.

Effect: Just like the spice, you also win the cinnamon oils used for healing purposes from the tree bark. It is distilled from the bark by means of steam. The ingredients of cinnamon stimulate the production of gastric juice and are therefore suitable for use in loss of appetite and mild stomach cramps. In addition, cinnamon is said to help improve blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is discredited because of its ingredient coumarin, which can damage the liver in high doses. Consumed as a spice, however, there is little danger. Aqueous cinnamon extract from the pharmacy contains only harmless amounts of coumarin.

Preparations: capsules, spices, bath additives

Applications: loss of appetite, upset stomach, type 2 diabetes

Caution: allergic skin and mucous membrane reactions; high coumarin concentrations in cassia cinnamon can damage the liver.

Tip: Ask for Ceylon cinnamon; it contains little coumarin and is harmless to the health.

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