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Aromatherapy – calm down and relax
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The aromas have effects in the brain and that's the advantage of aromatherapy. Neurotransmitters may be altered depending on the scents you smell. 

To calm down and relax there are some options. Try it on your body, in massage or in your home. Feel the right aromas while doing exercises such as meditation or relaxation.

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Do you know of what the supplement you are taking is made? Maybe you should!
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos
It is synthetic or natural? Is it organic? Does it have pesticides or other sources of contamination? Is the company certified? The dosage is appropriate? 

There are many questions that you should ask yourself before buying a supplement. Either you know health professionals who are already acquainted with the subject and can make recommendations out of their own knowledge or you have to search and read enough to be able to decide. 
Do not believe in everything people say to you. Read for yourself and decide! You can have very good results or harm yourself, depending on the choices you make.

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Fortnight started in 4 November 2013: Vitality & Resilience
Rhodiola - the antidepressant herb that also gives you energy
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

Rhodiola is a plant native to cold regions and its roots are used for medicinal purposes.

As an adaptogenic herb it helps resist / adapt to intense stress. Besides this, it fights fatigue, it is antidepressant, anxiolytic, can help in recovery after intense exercise and even help sexual function. Read more and discover Rhodiola!

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Adaptogenic herbs, know what they are and what they are for!
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

Adaptogenic herbs help the body to maintain balance, restore and protect the body. They allow adaptation to situations of extreme stress, whether it is emotional, physical or chemical stress. Situations such as extreme fatigue or anxiety benefit greatly with the use of these plants.

Ginseng, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha are examples, read here and learn more!

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Fortnight started in 26 August 2013: Land & Sea
Land and sea anti-inflamatories: Turmeric and New Zealand green-lipped mussel
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos
Natural anti-inflammatories are always highly sought and this week we decided to talk about an anti-inflammatory from the land and other from the sea: Turmeric and New Zealand green-lipped mussel.

Turmeric, both found as a spice to use in the kitchen and as supplement pills. The New Zealand green-lipped mussel can be consumed fresh but in Europe and America it is easier to find it in powder or capsule supplement.

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Fortnight started in 17 June 2013: Fresh & Salt Water
Seaweed: a health ally
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

Some seaweed has continuously studied therapeutic effects which can be very interesting. Often it is easier to get them in supplement, other times supplements are needed so higher doses can be achieved.

The high nutritional value seems to be common to all algae and its health beneficial effects come precisely from this. To complete the diet, improve the antioxidant defense, detoxify or stimulate the immune system, algae can be a precious help. Learn more about Chlorella, Spirulina and Bladder wrack.

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Fortnight started in 22 April 2013: Inflammation & Anti-inflammation
Boswellia Serrata, a natural anti-inflammatory
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

With origins in India and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, boswellia serrata is a tree marked with medicinal effects.

Its anti-inflammatory ability is evident in various situations from osteoarthritis to inflammatory bowel diseases. There are no known adverse effects for the dosages commonly used and it has shown promising anticancer effects.
Boswellia can be infused or ingested as food supplement and is also used in skin creams.

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Harpagophytum or devil's claw, a natural anti-inflammatory
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

The Harpagophytum procumber, known as grapple plant, wood spider and most commonly devil's claw is a native crawling plant of the African continent. The most active constituents are extracted from the root or stem and possess the ability to reduce inflammatory markers.

Its main benefit is precisely in decreasing inflammation and mainly at osteoarticular level. It is considered very safe and you only have to be aware that there are some interactions with some medications.
It is possible to use as tea or capsules as a food supplement.

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Fortnight started in 28 January 2013: Me & My home
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Phytotherapy Cristina Sales

Echinacea is a plant with immune system stimulation capacity.

It helps to prevent and fight infections and chronic respiratory viruses.
Having an antioxidant action it is capable of protecting the white blood cells during radiotherapy treatments.
It should be taken for eight weeks.

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Fortnight started in 19 November 2012: Sleep & Sleeping
The 5 plants that will help you sleep
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Many thousands of years ago, Man realized that some plants were able to exert certain effects on the body and considered them medicinal, because some of their components were able to exert certain therapeutic activity. Learn about the plants that can

The knowledge of the power that plants have, that went from generation to generation is now handed by Phytotherapy - the branch of science dedicated to the study of all these active components, and herbal remedies.

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Ashwagandha: the plant that gives you energy and that also helps you sleep better
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Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, a plant used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, that is able to increase our energy levels when taken in the morning and help us sleep better when taken at the end of the day.

This plant is also able to strengthen our immune system and our memory. Come and learn more about ashwagandha.

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Turmeric, Spice and anti-inflammatory supplement
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Phytotherapy Helena Santos

Turmeric is also called Indian saffron and can be used in various ways: spice in the kitchen, base for infusions, pastes to apply to the skin, industrial dye, aroma for perfumes or food supplement.

Curcumin is the most active principle and to which we owe the anti-inflammatory turmeric characteristics. In addition of being anti-inflammatory, it is an antioxidant, improves digestion and can have startling effects on the skin.

As a supplement or as a spice, turmeric is a true anti-inflammatory ally.

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