In Soria Natural we are celebrating 40 years of working on natural health through medicinal plants and, in order to commemorate it, we have compiled 40 of our essentials. Take note!
Allium sativum L.
It contains vitamins, mineral salts and sulfur
compounds including aliin. It has hypocholesterolemic properties, since it
inhibits cholesterol formation in the liver, as well as it has a hypotensive, blood
thinner and cardioprotective effect. In Chinese traditional medicine, garlic is
utilized in alcoholic extracts against intestinal worms.
Cynara scolymus L.
This plant is considered a great detoxifying. It
contains cynarine, an active substance that enhances liver function and makes
it an excellent hepatoprotective plant to preserve hepatic cells from the damaging
effects of toxins and free radicals. Moreover, artichoke has a
hypocholesterolemic activity by inhibiting cholesterol formation in the liver
and easing its elimination with bile.
It is a very nutritive plant due to its content of carbohydrates,
lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is extremely useful for physical or
intellectual exhaustion, in convalescences or as a vitamin and mineral
4.- CANARY GRASS
It is a cereal from the grasses family and it is
remarkable for its nutritional characteristics: high protein and fiber content with
iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese. It
contributes to maintaining cholesterol and sugar levels in the body and acts as
a good diuretic and depurative.
5.- GREEN ANISE
Pimpinella anisum L
Green anise improves digestion and helps to inhibit
excessive gas formation. It can help a lot after large meals that cause bloated
feelings and other digestive disorders.
Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.
It has diuretic, urinary antiseptic and astringent
properties. It is quite useful to treat and prevent urinary infections due to
its content in proanthocyanidins, molecules that inhibit microorganism adhesion
to urinary tract cells. Diuretic properties are due to the action of flavonoids
and contribute to eliminating germs by urine.
7.- TEA TREE
The essential oil of tea tree has antiseptic,
antifungal and antiparasitic properties. Very well-known to deal with lice, it
also combats fungi and athlete’s foot. In addition, it contributes to avoiding
infections and improves the healing of scars and superficial wounds.
Avena sativa L.
It has balancer properties for the nervous system.
Moreover, it is a highly nutritive plant that contains carbohydrates, proteins,
unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber, because of what it is useful
for convalescences or students during exams periods.
Citrus aurantium L.
Orange blossoms contain an aromatic essence that is
said to have sedative properties. It is a plant highly utilized in cases of
nervousness and insomnia.
Silybum marinum Gaertn
Popularly known as the liver guardian, its seeds
contain silymarin, a mixture of components that stimulate liver cell
regeneration when they have been damaged by drugs, toxins, alcohol, etc.
Aesculus hippocastanum L
Due to its content in saponins, coumarins and tannins,
the horse chestnut makes a positive effect on blood flow problems, particularly
on varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Equisetum arvense L.
It is a plant that due to its content in flavonoids and
mineral salts, (potassium, silicon, etc.) presents diuretic and depurative
properties. In addition, due to its silicon richness, it stimulates collagen
and elastic fibers regeneration, enhancing skin elasticity.
Drosera rotundifolia L.
Thanks to its bronchodilator action, it eases air
entrance to the lungs. It is a highly utilized plant to relieve dry and
irritative cough. It also fluidizes mucus and helps to expel them.
Echinacea angustifolia DC
Known as the “natural antibiotic”, it is a plant that
has a great stimulant capacity for the nervous system. It is utilized as a natural
alternative in the treatment and prevention of infections in general, febrile
states, flu, colds and swellings.
Eleutherosides outstand among its components. It
increases physical and intellectual performance. It is a general stimulant and
activates the defensive capacity of the body.
Crataegus oxyacantha L.
Its flowers and leaves are highly utilized to improve
cardiocirculatory disorders since they help to normalize blood pressure and to
improve blood flow. It is also known for its sedative properties, because of
what it contributes to relieve those disorders related to anxiety.
Eucalyptus globulus L.
It is one of the most effective plants known to treat
respiratory diseases. It has respiratory antiseptic, soothing and expectorant
properties, easing mucus ejection and relieving cough.
Euphrasia Officinalis L.
The infusion of this plant applied as nasal
irrigations or as ocular washes, has anti-inflammatory, decongestant and
astringent properties, because of what it relieves tearing and nasal discharge,
that appear in allergies.
Ginkgo biloba L.
The joint action of all its components performs a
beneficial effect on arterial, vein and capillary flow. Thanks to its
neuroprotective action its use is recommended for brain function problems due
to a lack of blood irrigation. In addition, by its antioxidant action, it
protects neurons against the damage caused by free radicals.
This plant is known since ancient times for its
invigorating properties on the body. It is a stimulant of the nervous system
and increases fatigue and stress resistance.
Verbascum Thapsus L.
The pectoral virtues of this plant were already known
in Ancient Greece by Hippocrates and Dioscorides. It contains mucilages, which
provide it an emollient action (smoothing tissues), saponins that enhance
expectoration, and flavonoids that give it an anti-inflammatory effect.
Ribes nigrum L.
It contains in its flavonoid leaves and essential oil
that confer antiallergic and anti-inflammatory properties inhibiting histamine
liberation. Traditionally, the leaves were rubbed on insect bites in order to
relieve pain and swelling. It also has diuretic and purifying properties. Black
currants also contain active substances that carry out an antioxidant and
protective effect on blood flow.
23.- WITCH HAZEL
Hamamelis virginiana L.
Its leaves and its bark contain flavonoids and
different types of tannins, quite interesting active compounds when treating
different circulatory disorders (tired legs, hemorrhoids, varicose veins or
Harpagophytum procumbens DC
Devil’s claw, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and
analgesic properties, reduces and improves joint and muscle pain, and,
therefore, it is very useful in case of blows, contusions or joint damage. It
also helps to normalize cholesterol and uric acid levels in blood.
Mentha spicata L.
Among the multiple spearmint properties, very
well-known for its utilization against bad digestions and to treat respiratory
problems, there is also the anthelmintic property. It is traditionally utilized
in many parts of the world to help expel intestinal worms.
Lepidium latifolium L.
It is a well-known plant for its diuretic properties.
It helps in case of renal lithiasis, both to dissolve kidney stones and to
prevent their formation. It also has a recognized anti-inflammatory action on
the prostate. Pepperwort leaves can be bitten and help to strengthen the gums.
Plantago major L.
Greater plantain leaves have been traditionally
utilized for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and antipruritic properties. The
main constituent is mucilages, iridoids, phenolic acids, tannins and mineral
salts. Due to its mucilage content, it helps to relieve cough and respiratory
mucus irritation. It also helps to face skin irritation produced by excessive
Matricaria chamomilla L.
It enhances gastric juice secretion and eases
digestion. It is utilized against nausea and vomits.
29.- GREEN NETTLE
Urtica dioica L.
Green nettle leaves and stem outstand for their high
content of chlorophyll, mineral salts, beta-carotenes, phenolic compounds and
flavonoids. It has diuretic and depurative properties, among others. Moreover,
it outstands since it is mineralizing and restorative, which makes it
particularly interesting in case of asthenia and fatigue.
Passiflora incarnata L.
Passionflower flowers and leaves contain flavonoids,
sterols, low indole alkaloid amounts and pectin. Passionflower active compounds
have nervous system sedative properties, antispasmodic properties and muscle
relaxant properties. It is utilized in case of nervousness, anxiety and sleep
Raphanus sativus L.
It contains a sulfate spicy-flavored essence, with
choleretic properties, that is, it increases biliary liver production.
Digestive properties are also attributed to it.
An aromatic plant with very well-known revitalizing
action that tones up the nervous system, quite beneficial in case of nervous
fatigue, asthenia and convalescences. It is also useful for hepatic disorders
due to its choleretic and cholagogue action.
Ruscus aculeatus L.
Butcher’s broom is a medicinal plant highly utilized
to relieve aches caused by bad blood flow. It is considered the herbal remedy
with the greatest action regarding these problems. Butcher’s broom roots and
rhizome contain abundant saponins that, together with flavonoids, strengthen
vein and capillary walls reducing swelling and edema.
Lythrum salicaria L
Purple loosestrife, for its high tannin content, helps
to relieve diarrhea. Mucilages apply a demulcent and anti-inflammatory effect
that helps to soothe intestinal mucosa irritation.
Salvia officinalis L.
With a Latin name that comes from “salvare”, also
Latin and meaning “to save”, since it was believed that it could save from
almost all diseases, sage is utilized to relieve flushing and perspiration, as
well as, menopause disorders. It is also used for menstruation disorders. It
tones up the nervous system and has an important digestive and antiperspirant
Cassia angustifolia Vahl
It has laxative properties. An infusion at night will
stimulate intestinal motility the following morning, facilitating intestinal
37.- GREEN TEA
Apart from being one of the most consumed drinks, tea
has stimulant and invigorating effects. It also has thinning, antioxidant and
diuretic effects. It is a plant that has been traditionally utilized for
physical and mental fatigue, asthenia, diarrhea and obesity.
Tilia platyphyllos Scop
This plant’s varied utilities are related to its
sedative and relaxant effects. Hot water baths with a linden infusion have a
relaxing effect. Useful to calm nervousness and anxiety states. It also
enhances sleep due to its relaxant properties.
Thymus vulgaris L
This aromatic plant contains essential oil to which it
owes most of its effects: it is a defense stimulant since it enhances leukocyte
action. It works as a relaxant on respiratory tract muscles, respiratory
antiseptic and cough reliever.
Valeriana officinalis L.
The joint action of the different constituents of this
plant (valepotriates and essential oil, mainly) lend it sedative properties.