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GARDEN THERAPY, ORTHOTHERAPY, OFFICINAL HERBS

Plants and flowers - A cure-all for the mind and body

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Whenever we feel lacking in energy and we happen to take a walk in a park in contact with plants and flowers, we go out regenerated without knowing why. In parks or gardens we are surrounded by flowers and plants so we are in contact with nature and this induces us to relax, to reflect. We feel well-being and this is because plants and flowers, with their mere presence, influence our moods and in some cases have an excellent effect on our health as well . For example, Rose and Laurel strengthen the immune system, Magnolia and Linden induce peace, Holly stimulates meditation, Jacaranda facilitates resolve and determination in pursuing projects without distractions or dispersion of energy, giving concentration, clarity. , decision, mental speed, direction, Myrtle stimulates the digestive system. to the world and can also be practiced on the balcony of the house, where once you have discovered the characteristics of plants, flowers and their benefits on our health, you can choose what to plant according to your needs. Furthermore, cultivating plants and flowers, for those who have never done it before, increases self-esteem as we take care of something whose growth depends entirely on us while increasing our sense of responsibility. At Villa Semperunagioia we will practice Garden Therapy and Orthotherapy inspired by the clinical and therapeutic experiences taking place at hospitals and nursing homes. Obviously, we will do it at a basic level, addressing ourselves not to full-blown patients, but to healthy people who feel the need, through these practices, to find moments of relaxation, tranquility and serenity. Applied in this way, these practices will be useful to all those who want to commit themselves to disease prevention, as well as to people who have already emerged from a path of illness who want to face a targeted convalescence suited to their physical and psychological conditions.

​Sergio & Cinzia

Sempreunagioia® 

SAGE

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Salvia (Salvia officinalis) is a plant of the Laminaceae family. It is a small evergreen shrub with quadrangular branches, which can live spontaneously for over 15 years and in cultivation for 5 to 7 years. A peculiar plant of southern Europe, it grows in Italy in central-southern areas and in the islands. While it is cultivated both in the submontane hilly area and in the plains. ; in fact this plant has numerous diuretic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It has an estrogenic action that regulates the menstrual cycle, even in the case of amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, reduces hot flashes and menopause disorders. It is a natural antispasmodic (relaxing) very useful in case of spasms of the digestive system, in case of irritable bowel. Cures fever, cough, cold as it has antiseptic and balm properties that. It is also a valuable aid to combat water retention, headaches and rheumatism. It turns out to be an excellent ally in fighting diabetes as it lowers the blood sugar level. The infusion is obtained from Salvia. Simply put a level spoonful of sage leaves in a saucepan with boiling water. Leave them to infuse for 5 minutes, filter and then drink. Unfortunately we must be careful because the leaves contain an essential oil that has an epileptic and toxic action for the nervous system even in small doses. It must therefore be used with caution and only for external use.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia®

JASMINE

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Symbol of femininity par excellence, Jasmine, real name Jasminum officinale, is a plant from the Middle East and South America, it blooms at the end of May-beginning of June. It belongs to the Oleaceae family and can also reach four meters high. The flowers are composed of four / five petals of light pink or white or yellow color. An essential oil is obtained from Jasmine which is used to combat depressive states and anxiety. It facilitates sleep and relieves pain Its flowers produce anti-wrinkle soaps and creams. It has healing properties, fights pimples and acne. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, sedative in case of coughs and colds, it can dissolve mucus. ’Infusion of Jasmine is excellent.It is prepared by infusing a couple of teaspoons of fresh or dried flower petals in a cup of hot water for four or five minutes. After filtering it, add honey or lemon to taste. Jasmine herbal tea is not suitable for pregnant women as there is a risk that it will increase contractions. There are three legends about the origin of Jasmine. The first narrates that the mother of all stars, Kitza, was preparing the golden clothes for her children. A group of little stars, did not appreciate their clothes and began to complain making a bit of a din. The King of Spaces, Micar, entered the palace and, once he understood the situation, was furious. You chased them out of the firmament, tore off their clothes and threw them like pebbles in the mud of the earth. Kitza became inconsolable so the Lady of the Bersto Gardens, pitying, decided to help her. He removed the stars from the mud and transformed them into fragrant flowers. The second legend tells of a young gardener who stole a Jasmine plant from the garden of Cosimo I De Medici (the first to cultivate it in Italy, but opposed to its spread outside the Grand Ducal gardens) to give it to his girlfriend. She planted it and took care of it with such love that the plant grew and made many flowers with a very intense scent. The two married and lived happily, so tradition has it that in Tuscany, every bride's bouquet includes a sprig of Jasmine as a lucky charm. The third legend is linked to Jasmine, a young Arab nomad who always covered her face to protect it from the sun's rays. One day she married a prince from a distant country and one day in the harem Jasmine discovered her face in the sun which, struck by her beauty, transformed her into a Jasmine, a plant that needs a lot of light for its vegetation.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia® 

ORIGAN

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In Greek its name is made up of two words, òros which means mountain and gan àos which means splendor. There are two legends that tell about its origin: the first is that this plant was cultivated in abundance from Aphrodite in her gardens at the foot of Mount Olympus, and the second tells the story of Amaraco, a prince of the island of Cyprus, creator of perfumes for pleasure. One day he managed to create the perfect perfume, but the bottle that it contained broke and the prince died of displeasure. The gods, pitying, decided to transform it into a plant that had the best perfume in the universe. We are talking about oregano (Origanum vulgare) perennial herbaceous plant that in the wild It is a mountain plant. It needs a temperate climate and the heat of the sun to be able to have an optimal growth. Its leaves are oval, opposite, whole while the pink flowers create apical inflorescences in a compact corymb. osto and contain an essential oil that is precious for our health. Thanks to the presence of vitamins A and C and beta-caryophyllene (terpene), Oregano is a remarkable natural anti-inflammatory very useful for treating sore throats, gastro-digestive disorders and the whole organism. It is immunostimulating, therefore it stimulates our metabolism, providing protection to the organism against various infections. It has aperitif properties, it facilitates digestion by stimulating salivary and gastric secretions. Oregano contains omega 3 fatty acids which give it antioxidant properties because it fights free radicals (molecules) that damage our organism. Toccasana for the respiratory tract thanks to carvacrol and other flavonoids helps prevent asthma attacks, improves the functioning of the liver by promoting a good secretion of gastric juices. Excellent ally in case of meteorism, gastrointestinal disorders. Oregano can be used in various ways: as a decoction (boil 1 teaspoon of dried oregano for 3 minutes to combat nervous tension); as an infusion (1 teaspoon of dried herb for a cup of boiling water is indicated for colds, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, fights dandruff), as a poultice (heat the oregano leaves in case of a stiff neck); to gargle (decoction of oregano flowers purify the mouth and throat), to make fumigations and inhalations (sedative for cough and elimination of phlegm), in bath water or foot baths (deodorant and relaxing action), in the field cosmetic (gives elasticity to the skin and fights cellulite). Essential oil is an antiseptic that fights skin fungi (especially athlete's foot) but is also emmenagogue (promotes menstruation) therefore not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Excellent dressing in our dishes is not recommended for people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. A curiosity: it acts as a natural repellent against ants.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia® 

GERBERA JAMESONII

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Jerbera Jamesonii is part of the so-called Anti-smog house plants. In fact, among the main properties of Jerbera, there is its ability to purify the air. This plant is very widespread in our territory and is very effective in absorbing trichlorethylene. Trichlorethylene is a very dangerous substance because it is toxic. It is used as a powerful stain remover and degreaser for the removal of paints, glues, enamels, ink, grease and stains of various kinds and difficult solution so much that it must always be used in an open environment. Jerbera acts as a perfect filter to protect the fumes of this dangerous stain remover.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia® 

LAUREL

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Laurel is an evergreen perennial plant of the Lauraceae family, native to Asia Minor, but also widespread in the Mediterranean since Antiquity. It is recommended to be used during the winter and at the beginning of spring. The myth says that it is a good luck charm for young undergraduates. The plant contains Eugenol and Limonene. It has a notable contribution of Vitamin C / A Antioxidant and Vitamins of Group B which support the activity of the nervous system. Excellent for eye, skin and bone health. Fresh leaves are rich in minerals such as Potassium, Copper, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. Potassium keeps blood pressure under control and Iron is useful for the production of red blood cells . Laurel has astringent, diuretic and appetite stimulating properties. Laurel tea has the ability to promote digestion, fight aerophagia and contribute to the purification of 19organism. It is also very suitable for small problems of the respiratory system such as the presence of mucus or phlegm. Through gargle with water and cooked bay leaves, it is useful for inflamed gums. The leaves are not edible, so in the kitchen they must be removed and not swallowed. The infusion of leaves is excellent for digestive difficulties. For the Stomach it can also be used together with Rosemary and Lavender. Also excellent with sage, oil and lemon for seasonal ailments. To prepare a good decoction, boil the leaves with lemon peel, for at least ten minutes, before filtering and serving. At Villa Semperunagioia, of course, we will grow it in abundance.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia® 

CHIVES

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The Chive is an Aromatic Plant. The scientific name is Allium Schoenoprasum and makes art of the Liliaceae Family, the same as onion, garlic, leek and shallot. It does not need great care and attention. D ’Summer it should be kept outdoors, in winter in the house exposed to light and watered regularly. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals, Laxative, Depurative, Diuretic helps the kidneys, stimulates blood circulation, has aphrodisiac qualities, stimulates the production of juices gastric acid, increases appetite, and is antioxidant. It is a super food for pregnancy due to the presence of Folic Acid, Vitamin B9, of fundamental importance for the healthy development of the fetus. Useful in case of constipation and to lower cholesterol . It is also suitable for keeping high blood pressure at bay. It fights cellular aging, promotes detoxification and purification. It is low-calorie, in fact it provides only 30 calories per 100 grams. use the leaves to collect fresh and to use raw. It can be used like a common onion for example to prepare sautéed, more easily digestible. In place of onion but also garlic to give a more delicate flavor. Also suitable for flavoring potatoes, cheeses, eggs or other main courses. Creamy soups, minestrone, risotto, etc. Always added to the last one during cooking. The infusion, which is an alternative natural remedy for constipation, is boiled for a few minutes with 2 / 3 teaspoons in a cup of water, then filtered and drunk. Chive flowers are excellent for enriching and making a plate of salad or seasonal vegetables more original. Fresh it can be frozen in freezer bags. It should not be dried. To be avoided for people suffering from Gastritis, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Ulcer or Stomach Acidity and Colitis

Cinzia & Sergio 

Sempreunagioia®

Borage

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Borage is another of the Plants that will be present in our Healing Garden. Borago Officinalis, family of Boraginaceae is a Mediterranean plant and has five-petaled blue flowers. Lives up to 800-1,000 SLM. Excellent. for bronchial and throat problems through gargling with infusion of leaves against inflammation of the oral cavity. Also excellent expectorant antipyretic properties. Stimulates the immune system. To be used against disorders of the menstrual cycle. In Phytotherapy it is used against the ' menstrual cycle irregularities, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, ovarian cysts and menopause. The petals and leaves contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have toxicity; therefore herbal teas and decoctions should be limited. Do not eat raw flowers and leaves. however, the infusions should not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. Borage seed oil is safe; but not indicated in patients with haemophilia or canticoagulant therapy because it thins the blood. The oil has beneficial effects on the skin against Acne, Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis. It is sebum-regulating therefore suitable for oily and dry skin. Having antioxidant properties it is useful in fighting wrinkles. In ancient times it was used against melancholy, therefore it is attributed antidepressant properties, however not proven. The seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids therefore useful for cardiovascular prevention. From the seeds of its oil derive a thousand properties for therapeutic purposes and unlike leaves and flowers, no toxic or carcinogenic effects are recognized. The oil is used for both external and internal use.

Cinzia & Sergio

Sempreunagioia®

Lavender

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The Wonderful Lavender Plant is one of the many species of Plants that we will grow in the Garden of Villa Semperungioia because it is full of Fantastic Properties. Its name comes from the verb to wash because it was used in ancient times to perfume the water with which you washed. Even today, however, it is widely used for soaps, detergents and perfume-linen. It loves the temperate climate and therefore is widespread in the Mediterranean. It is a perennial herbaceous plant that does not require much attention and can also be grown in pots. The aroma of Lavender is unwelcome to mosquitoes, therefore useful in keeping them away. In the management of anxious states, it has a sedative and anxiolytic action. Contains Linalool which when vaporized triggers relaxation. A few drops on the pillow promotes relaxation and sleep. Excellent in water for a relaxing bath and to soothe any redness or irritation of the skin. On the hair it helps to clean the scalp thoroughly and get rid of dandruff. Excellent for colds and minor skin problems. Suitable for colds and coughs with or without phlegm and sinusitis. Lavender Mother Tincture frees you from muscle-tension headaches, also through Lavender herbal tea or Lavender essential oil massaged on the temples or smelling the aroma after pouring a couple of drops on a handkerchief. Lavender Essential Oil calms spasms and abdominal pain in painful menstrual syndromes. It has antifungal qualities for local applications and vaginal douches for Candida infections. In almond oil or other vegetable oil that acts as a carrier, it can be applied to the abdomen or to the muscles in case of spasms. The Essential Oil is also excellent in massage for rheumatism and muscle tears. Excellent against intestinal bloating. It has antibacterial qualities. Lavender essential oil mixed with intimate cleanser is useful for bacterial genito-urinary infections. In intimate hygiene, it should be used in the last rinse during washing, to keep bacteria and fungi away. Essential oil is also suitable for skin problems. Healing for insect bites, for sunburn and contacts with jellyfish or for acne. For cellulite, Lavender essential oil or massage lotion are used for cellulite lymphatic stagnation. To prepare the herbal tea, pour a level spoonful of dried lavender flowers into a cup of boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for about ten minutes, strain the infusion and drink it as needed.

Cinzia & Sergio

Semperunagioia®

Rosemary

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In the Vertical Garden that we will create at "Villa Semperunagioia" there will be no shortage of Rosemary. Rosemary is a wonderful herb with a millennial tradition. It has countless uses both in the kitchen and in herbal medicine. Its properties are so many and since ancient times it has been linked with the improvement and development of the brain. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia says: "There is Rosemary, which is for remembrance." In fact, even then it was known that it improved memory so much that it was long used as a symbol of remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals. Rosemary was also burned and its ashes thrown on graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. The Arabs of the medieval period used it often and praised it as the plant that "comforts the brain, memory and inner senses". The beneficial properties of Rosemary have been known since ancient times, in fact the Greeks wore rosemary crowns during exams. It has been observed that Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that enables the brain to work at maximum efficiency. More recently, in 2012, a study of 28 elderly people (averaging 75 years) found statistically significant improvements in cognitive performance with doses of Rosemary dry leaf powder.

Sergio & Cinzia

Semperunagioia®

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