Preparing an infusion that helps drain, detoxify and keep the peripheral circulation active is very quick and easy. But what are the effective herbs to use?

CENTELLA

Centella asiatica (Indian name Gotu Kola) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiacea family and widespread in the humid tropical and subtropical regions of India and South America. It is rich in active ingredients such as terpenes which contain carotenoids and vitamin E with antioxidant properties; flavonoids with antioxidant, protective action on the microcirculation and anti-inflammatory; tannins with astringent, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral and antidiarrheal properties.

Centella, strengthening and elasticizing the walls of blood vessels, promotes correct peripheral circulation and is therefore used in the reduction of blood pressure in the veins, against varicose veins, in the treatment of hemorrhoids from weakness of the venous wall, against edema of the feet and of the legs, against nocturnal cramps and in case of cellulite connected to micro-circulatory deficiency.

CARDO MARIANO

Milk thistle is a plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family.

Its main molecule is silymarin and thanks to it it has a valid protective action on the liver, regenerates its tissues and stimulates the production of new cells, rejuvenating and protecting it.

The hepatoprotective action performed by silymarin prevents toxic substances and toxins from penetrating inside the liver cells.

BIRCH

Birch (Betula pendula) is a perennial plant of the Betulaceae family, it grows in Nordic countries and cold climates, it is also found in Italy above 700 meters above sea level. Its leaves are used for their diuretic and purifying properties that facilitate the elimination of water and excess substances, accumulated in the body, such as cholesterol and uric acids, counteract hypertension and water retention and have a antiseptic action in urinary tract diseases, such as cystitis. They perform an anti-cellulite action as they help in the elimination and disappearance of fibroconnective nodules, characteristic of this skin blemish.

RED GRAPEVINE

Red vine (Vitis vinifera) is a plant of the Vitaceae family. The active ingredients contained in the leaves harvested in autumn, when they take on reddish shades, from which the term “red vine” originates, carry out an intense antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, tonic and vasoprotective activity, useful in veno-lymphatic insufficiency and cardiovascular diseases ( varicose veins, phlebitis, capillary fragility, couperose, edema, hemorrhoids, cellulite, water retention, blood stasis and heaviness in the lower limbs).

THE BUTCHER’S ROOM

Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is a perennial shrub-like plant that grows spontaneously in the woods and undergrowth throughout Europe. Its main substances (saponins, essential oils and resins) increase the resistance of the capillary walls and normalize their permeability, act on chronic venous insufficiency which can cause pain and a sense of heaviness in the legs with edema, favor the return of blood from the periphery to the heart and relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids such as itching and burning.

PREPARATION

20 gr of centella asiatica

20 gr of birch leaves

20 gr of milk thistle seeds

20 gr of red vine leaves

20 gr of butcher’s broom root

2 liters of water

Prepare a decoction, put the butcher’s broom and milk thistle with water on the stove, bring to a boil, then add centella, birch and vine, lower the heat to a minimum and leave on the stove for another 3 minutes. Then turn off the flame and let it rest for another 15 minutes, keeping the decoction covered with a lid. Filter by pressing the herbs well, allow to cool and place in the fridge. Drink 3/4 glasses a day.

You can also prepare a syrup by diluting 3 tablespoons in a liter of water and drinking throughout the day. For the preparation of the syrup, watch the video on our facebook page.

Chiara Zullo