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10 zero-impact ways to reduce stress


“I suffer from stress, I suffer from stress, I’m tired and out of shape …” Velvet sang a few years ago but stress still speaks a lot and often in common language: takes the sense of anxiety, tension, widespread malaise and worry, but perhaps not everyone knows that even primitive men suffered … and how! The stress of our ancestors, however, meant that they survived fierce beasts, inhospitable environments, attacks by rival gangs and major climatic changes.

In fact, without a strong anxiety, prehistoric men would not have been able to defend themselves and save themselves from the attacks of the fearsome saber-toothed tigers, and would not have been able to defend their families. The emotions, in short, are functional to the survival of the species. Modern man, on the other hand, must face different forms of stress, but the physiological response is more or less the same.

A chronic stress condition can lead to increased blood pressure, heart disease, colitis, asthma, and even cancer. But how can a stressed but earth-friendly person find inner peace without substantially changing his or her ecological footprint?

Here are the 10 steps to decrease your stress level in a strictly “green” way:


Obviously there would need a lot of space to explain the concept of meditation but, in general, it is that practice of concentration of the mind which aims to improve one’s psychophysical conditions. This practice is fundamentally green both because it does not require physical travel (to meditate is fine anywhere) and because it does not need expensive equipment. Some people choose to focus their mind on an object or a thought that can give relaxation while others opt for repeating an internal mantra as a means of maintaining one’s concentration. A more Buddhist approach is that of mindfulness which consists in paying attention to what happens “here and now” to obtain a deep awareness of one’s actions and thoughts.

Tip: As the Interdependence Project suggests during meditation it is necessary to:

  • be aware of their choices.
  • Pay attention to their actions.
  • Examine your lifestyle from a creative point of view.
  • Examine how you eat, how you dress, why, where, what you buy, how you move, how you work, your interests, who and what you really care about, your goals.

In short, the multitude of choices you take every single day.

An eco-friendly solution to maintain the correct posture during meditation where it is essential to keep the spine straight is represented by the rechargeable and easy to carry bamboo stool, sold online for around £ 30.


The practice of yoga began long before Madonna and Sting launched the fashion of contortionist positions!
Green tip: you can make your yoga sessions eco-friendly with the ecological mat proposed by Yoga Mad made with non-toxic, recyclable and biodegradable materials.


Tai Chi can be described as meditation that meets movement. It consists mainly in the execution of a series of slow and circular movements that resemble dance but actually mimic a struggle. This ancient practice makes the body agile and harmonious, improves posture and also has a beneficial effect on the nervous system with a consequent decrease in stress.

Tip: why not look for clothing to practice Tai Chi, which usually consists of baggy pants and a black jacket, participating in a Swap Party, a party where you can buy clothes, accessories and various items?


Remember when you were in a bad mood and suddenly heard on the radio “that” song and you immediately felt better? This, dear friends, is a little taste of the power of music. Music can motivate, inspire and above all reduce stress.

Tip: to get rid of stress, in addition to listening to music try to do it. But to be green, choose unplugged, or prefer acoustic versions without using electrical tools.


Much research has shown that sleep has the power to pay more attention, improve cognitive functioning and reduce stress.

Tip: before taking a nap, make sure your bedroom is free of toxins. In this regard, refer to the article on the 5 ways to purify the air and reduce domestic pollution.


Exercise reduces the production of hormones that cause stress, such as cortisol, and increases that of endorphins that make us feel good.
piantare_alberi Green suggestion: physical activity does not mean just attending courses in the gym. Running outdoors can be a good solution to relax, but you can also train yourself to plant some saplings. It will also gain the environment.


Laughter is a real therapy that has no contraindication.

Tip: one of the occasions in which laughter is not lacking is a party with friends. To organize an eco-friendly party instead of using the usual plastic plates and glasses, choose the fully biodegradable tableware kit proposed by Branch Home: plates, glasses and cups are made of sugar fibers, cutlery with potato starch and napkins with paper recycled.


You read right! According to some research, as we have seen, it takes about 40 grams of dark chocolate a day for two weeks to reduce stress hormone levels.

Tip: choosing the dark chocolate of fair trade you will have the certainty of consuming a high quality product that does not contain other vegetable oils other than cocoa butter, but that above all has not used resources to produce it.


Keeping a simple “list of priorities” you will be able to understand what things need your immediate attention and which ones can be postponed to a second moment.
It goes without saying that the end result is an increase in productivity and a reduction in stress

Tip: To make your personal priority list use a recycled paper notebook.


Think about how much time you spend in the traffic or how difficult it is to find a place to park your car. For modern man, the car is one of the main sources of stress and then, whenever you can, choose the bicycle, an ecological and economical vehicle that allows you to travel with zero impact and which, as research has shown, has a beneficial effect on mood and physical form.

Tip: if you do not want to get to work sweat, you can always opt for electric or pedal assisted bikes. Moreover, as we have seen, the hydrogen-powered bicycle will soon arrive on the Italian market, a very clean means of transport with a range of 150 km and very low charging times.

Do you keep getting fat and can not figure out why? It can be allergy to nickel!


In recent years there has been a considerable increase in cases of intolerance and nickel allergy and, beyond contact allergy (which is the best known situation), foods have an importance in determining the onset of such problems. . Nickel, as sulphate, is present in many foods including lentils, beans, cocoa, hazelnuts and liquorice to mention those that contain a good amount; then there are many vegetables and fruits like asparagus, spinach, onions, mushrooms, kiwi, tomato, which however contain significant quantities. This metal is actually present everywhere, even in tap water, in industrial food such as snacks and breads of various kinds, in cigarette smoke. In the case of a true overt allergy, complete abstention from the metal may be necessary; however, in the presence of intolerance, a marked improvement of symptoms is often achieved with an elimination diet, which avoids all foods with a higher nickel content, and to follow with a food rotation diet. Follow us …

How nickel allergy manifests itself
The most common symptoms are: dermatitis and itching, even by contact; canker sores or inflammation of the mouth and gums; abdominal bloating; general malaise; fatigue; nausea; headache; overweight. The symptoms, which can develop over time, are also determined by the amount of nickel that the body ingests or with which it comes into contact.

What is due
It can appear when you touch an object that contains nickel: zippers and buttons, jewelry, watches, keys, lighters, glasses, coins, plates, umbrella handles, kitchen utensils, sinks, needles, scissors and thimbles, paperweights, metal chairs door handles, hair dyes and liquids for the permanent; cosmetics containing oats. However, many commonly used foods should be added to the list which, including small amounts of nickel (nickel sulphate), can trigger or aggravate the symptoms. Among the foods under accusation there are cocoa, licorice, lentils, hazelnuts and beans that provide more doses than other foods where nickel is only found in traces.

Do you want to know if you are allergic to nickel? Do this …
Take a one-euro coin and place it between the arm and the forearm, on the inside, holding it in place with an anallergic plaster. After 48 hours, remove the patch and coin: if you have formed a pomfo, there is a good chance that you are allergic to nickel. Then contact your doctor to take the appropriate examinations.

Tomato; cocoa powder, dark and milk chocolate; walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds and oily fruits in general; licorice; tender; corn in beans (produced from cornmeal in moderation), oats, buckwheat, whole wheat bread, millet; blonde beer; beef liver; smoked herring, mussels, oysters and all crustaceans; kiwis, pears, prunes, grapes and raisins; soy and derivatives; peas, lentils, lettuce, beans, string beans, onions, asparagus, spinach; mushrooms; foods of industrial origin, especially if they contain “hydrogenated vegetable oils” and canned foods.

In moderation, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, pumpkin, zucchini are permitted; carrots; mustard; polished rice, 00 flour, rice cakes; fruit (except kiwis, pears, plums, grapes and raisins); jam (as long as homemade and cooked in aluminum pots); coffee; green tea; olive oil; eggs. They are allowed in free quantities: meat; fish (except for smoked herrings, mussels, oysters and crustaceans); milk and derivatives (butter, cheese, yogurt); potatoes. To cook the food, the pans of cast iron, anodised aluminum or stainless steel without nickel are indicated.

A useful supplement: perilla oil, which acts as an anti-allergic and has no side effects.
La Perilla (Perilla frutescens) is a plant of the Chinese and Japanese phytotherapeutic tradition, used for years in folk medicine throughout Southeast Asia. It has a very strong natural activity as an adjuvant in preventing and normalizing allergic reactions, probably thanks to the presence of components (flavonoids) in a particular form. 2 pearls are taken, 2-3 times a day.

Weight Loss with the cyclic ketogenic diet


The Cycling Ketogenic Diet is a diet that allows you to eat carbohydrates for one or two days, or following an interval of 36 hours of carbohydrates or breaking the diet with one day of carbohydrates every three.

The ketogenic diet consists of eating a very low dose of carbohydrates (not more than 20/30 grams of carbohydrates per day, usually the equivalent of a lot of vegetables, a few walnuts and a portion of blueberries), a normal amount of protein and a other share of fats. One of the disadvantages of this diet is that you can never eat carbohydrates so as not to interrupt the process of ketosis, that for which the body uses fats instead of sugars, including our fat reserves, to live.

A diet that ensures in almost 90 percent of the results a weight loss, with the inconvenience not just that it is not sustainable in the long term to avoid health problems, and that we can not theoretically make a day off in which we enjoy some biscuits, a dessert or a plate of pasta.

A solution, however, exists, and is called Cycling Ketogenic Diet: adopted by many athletes and many athletes who want to go in definition (or must have a lean but muscular body, and to do this they must lose only fat mass), the Cycling Ketogenic Diet is a diet that allows you to eat carbohydrates for one or two days, or following an interval of 36 hours of carbohydrates (from Friday night to Saturday night, for example) or breaking the diet with one day of carbohydrates every three.

The rest of the days is keto type, that is, without carbohydrates. In the days when you eat carbohydrates you should:

  • Avoid physical activity
  • However, prefer low-glycemic carbohydrates or moderate glycemic meals: legumes and vegetables, pasta and legumes, wholemeal pasta or brown rice and vegetables, balanced meals with whole grains or potatoes, fish or eggs and vegetables.
  • Eat too much fruit.

This allows anyone not to get tired doing a ketogenic diet and to give the body a reserve of sugar that does not affect weight loss but makes the ketogenic diet more sustainable in terms of health and more suitable for the sportsman. Obviously you lose a lot of weight, the metabolism remains high but there is a but: how many carbohydrates eat in the day or in the days of carbohydrates?

The idea is not to eat too much sugar, but maybe to indulge in just one dessert. The carbohydrate dose is high, and on the days of carbohydrates it is good to keep the fats under control, but there is no precise index. And not even a precise calorie roof. Here is a diagram of the CKD diet, with the choice of 36 hours of high carb diet once a week:

From Sunday to Friday afternoon

  • Breakfast with scrambled eggs and a whole yoghurt with a spoon of dehydrated coconut and leaf almonds, coffee or tea without sugar.
  • Snack with blueberries with sugar-free cream.
  • Lunch with red or white meat or fish, vegetables, free condiments based on oil or butter, no to beets, potatoes or carrots.
  • Snack with half avocado.
  • Dinner with grilled cheese and vegetables or red meat or fish and vegetables, free condiments based on oil or butter.
  • Snack with a handful of almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts (no peanuts).


On Friday evening you can eat a plate of vegetables for dinner, with a fruit after meal.

On Saturday we can eat toasted wholemeal bread or even a croissant, coffee or tea.

Snacks made with fruit, lunch with pasta, rice or cereals and vegetables, dinner with potatoes, vegetables and legumes, for example, and a chocolate dessert, or dinner with a pizza.

It would also be appropriate to have a vegetarian meal on Fridays and vegan on Saturdays, so as to give a break to the intestine from animal proteins. It is better to eat carbohydrates and not exercise at all, leaving physical activity on the days when you do not eat carbohydrates. On the other days of the week, three physical activity sessions can be held.

Discover the new natural anti-wrinkles


They come from far away Peru: extracts of macao, alchechengi, amaranth and cacao return compactness to the skin off …

When Pizarro conquered the Inca empire he concentrated on the gold deposits to offer to the queen of Spain, but if he had deepened his exploration he would discover the true treasures of Peru: its natural products, powerful remedies for healthy, compact and resistant skin. One of the prerequisites of ancient Peruvian medicine is the maintenance of an organism full of energy and resistant to the passing of years: at Andean altitudes, where the Inca lived, it was very important to have food and herbs that would provide protection against aggression. of the cold. Unfortunately, it is not the case with most of the foods we consume today, such as refined carbohydrates, sugars and yeasts that, instead of bringing energy, unfortunately they subtract it. And less energy also means less defenses against free radicals and polluting factors that age the organism ahead of time. Let’s see how the Peruvian extracts can restore energy to the skin and to the whole organism.


In the morning, drink an Anti-oxidant shake

To start the day well, especially if you are over 40 years old and approach menopause, entrust yourself to physalis and maca powder: at breakfast or as a snack in the middle of the morning, drink a milkshake prepared with a cup of almond milk, half a banana , 5-6 berries of physalis and two teaspoons of maca powder. The yellow berry of alchechengi, similar to tomato and full of vitamin A and C and the famous enzyme “superoxydismutase”, fights the damage of free radicals, helps prevent cell degeneration and tone the skin from within, promoting the production of collagen . Maca powder is obtained from the root of an adaptogenic plant similar to ginseng grown over 4000 meters. It has an extraordinary content of essential amino acids, B vitamins and vitamin C which, acting in synergy, raise a shield against smog and free radicals.


Then apply the mask maca and cacao

If you want to use an external treatment because the skin is off and “slammed”, try this method: mix in a bowl half a tablespoon of white clay, half a tablespoon of maca powder and half a tablespoon of cacao powder in organic bitter powder. Emulsify with a little organic whole milk, moisturizing and nourishing, to form a thick and homogeneous cream. Apply to dry and clean face and leave for about 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and you will see the most radiant and toned skin. Maca acts on the loss of epidermal tone due to hormonal imbalances. Pure cacao, rich in antioxidant flavonoids, reduces the fine lines of the face and thanks to the theobromine improves the superficial cutaneous microcirculation.


Trust the amaranth, the invigorating cereal

After the maca and cocoa mask, deeply nourish the skin with amaranth oil. Amaranth – a cereal cultivated by the Inca for eight thousand years and now widespread throughout the planet – consume seeds that are similar to cereals, which is why it falls into the category without actually being part of it. Gluten-free and with a light walnut aftertaste, the amaranth brings minerals and proteins. If you suffer from high cholesterol or, more simply, if you want to nourish your skin from the inside, add the amaranth seeds to your soups or boil them and use them as a “base” for the cous cous.

4 Solutions To Increase Energy


Are you always tired? Do you close your eyes as soon as you sit down? And you probably do not have time to rest because you have too much to do. We all felt that way. Here are some ways that can help give you an extra boost.

Early morning stunning. Whether it’s caused by a blank night with friends or if you’re having trouble sleeping, getting up in the morning can be difficult.

Solution: Drink a full glass of water and spray cold water on your face as soon as you wake up. This helps stimulate the senses faster. Solutions to increase energy

Stress negatively affects energy. When under stress, the body releases cortisol, which can cause fatigue and tiredness.

Solution: Take a cup of green tea. While coffee can give a boost, often large amounts of caffeine can cause nervousness and anxiety. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, does not contain too much caffeine and provides EGCG, a flavonoid that improves focus and reduces stress.

The lack of sleep can have negative effects on the rest of the day. Sleep allows the body to rebuild and create new cells it needs to function at an optimal level. It has been proven that if you do not sleep for at least eight hours, your mood, work, and motivation during the day may be affected.

Solution: If you feel tired but do not have time for a nap, go out and visit a friend. The act of moving and chatting with someone can help to stimulate the mind and body, giving you the energy you need for the rest of the day

Did not you have breakfast? You will miss it. Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day as it provides the strength for the rest of the day: natural glucose to the brain and muscles to promote energy and vigilance.

Solution: If you can not have a breakfast full of complex carbohydrates and vitamins, eat a quick snack like a couple of hard-boiled eggs. The natural protein in the egg whites promotes lasting energy, while the B vitamins in the yolk contribute to converting food into usable energy.

Abdominal swelling. Eliminate them by eating


Man or woman: the belly is not the same for everyone

Almost 10% of Americans suffer from “swollen belly”. Despite being a very annoying disorder, in America it is still underestimated and there are very few people who ask for help from their doctor, pharmacist or trusted naturopath. It affects women more, especially after eating, in times of intense stress and a few days before the cycle. A constant sensation of fullness is perceived, which can derive, in most cases, from an accumulation of fluids or air in the intestine, more rarely from abdominal fat. As for men, however, the cause of the swollen belly is almost always an excess of fat that is concentrated in the belly area, resulting in annoying swelling.

Symptoms and causes

Who has a swollen belly feels burdened, can not breathe deeply (which is essential to oxygenate the whole body) and has the feeling of being clogged from the first bites. But, what is worse, these problems do not pass with time, on the contrary they tend to worsen. Many people also complain of abdominal swelling after meals due to the excess gas produced by the digestion process of some foods (such as legumes or fruit consumed at the end of a meal).

The origins of the disorder are slow intestinal transit (constipation), overweight and food intolerances. In all these cases the problem is mainly linked to an incorrect food style (particularly elaborate and salty dishes, fast-food, carbonated drinks or an excess of pasta, rice or potatoes, a little water, etc.). Even the hormonal fluctuations resulting from the menstrual cycle, the prolonged stress over time and some drugs, such as antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, can inflate the abdomen. Finally, behind the swollen belly could hide other common diseases such as colitis, gastritis and irritable colon, but also lactose intolerance or celiac disease. That’s why, in any case, the advice is to visit the gastroenterologist to rule out that it is a more serious problem such as irritable bowel or another inflammatory bowel disease not to be overlooked.

Food Yes

Preferably cooked vegetables; fruit away from meals; cereals and derivatives (bread, pasta, etc.) semi-wholly or refined (organic is better); fish, white meats, eggs; legumes in moderation and only if tolerated; yogurt; green tea.

Food No

Milk, cheese and very fatty foods in general; sweeteners (sorbitol, mannitol and products containing them, for example sugar-free chewing gum); excess fibers (too many whole foods and raw vegetables); alcohol, coffee and soft drinks.

Inositol for a flat stomach

What is that

Inositol, also known as vitamin B7, naturally occurring in some foods such as citrus fruits, oats, bran, legumes, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and nuts.

Because it’s good

It cleanses the organism (liver and kidneys), reduces nervous hunger, aerophagia and intestinal air, fights constipation due to poor bowel movement, improves mood and defeats the stress that causes abdominal swelling. It is also useful for reducing the waistline and for purifying the body after antibiotic or cortisone treatment.

How to use

1 to 4 tablets a day, away from meals, with plenty of water.

The herbalist’s advice

The anise effectively counteracts intestinal gases, Java tea is useful against abdominal fat, while laurel enhances the action of the two previous herbs also improving digestion.

To prepare, proceed as follows: 1 teaspoon of aniseed, 1 of Java tea and 4 bay leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink after meals without sweetening for a week or two. If the tea gives you excellent results, you can continue the treatment for a month.

Less bread and desserts, more protein and Omega 3 to have a waist circumference and a tonic abdomen.

We always eat the same foods. And the belly leavens – On our tables often appear the same ingredients / foods, in the form also “disguised”: wheat (bread, pasta, crackers, breadsticks, biscuits and various baked goods), milk and derivatives (cheese, yogurt, butter , cream), leavened or fermented foods (sweet and savory baked goods, cheeses, etc.), salt (cold cuts, cheeses, still baked goods, etc.), sugar and so on. And these are the very worst enemies of our line and of our abdomen, as they easily cause accumulations of fat, even abdominal, and swelling. And, even more serious, these foods predispose to diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and overweight.

A food program that solves the problem of swollen belly must therefore consider reducing the consumption of these foods, not their total elimination, but a rotation during the week: “incriminated” foods can thus be taken at predetermined times and always in moderation.

Recall also that the intake of some foods (even as a monodiet for a day), provided they are tolerated, can facilitate the resolution of the problem. Among these, pineapple (antifermentation, see also page on the side), oats (anti-irritating mucosa), carrot (antifermentations), fennel (antispasmodic and antimeteoric), lemon (antifermentation), apple (antiseptic, antifermentations and useful for the intestine), blueberry (antifermentation) and chili (antifermentations and antiseptic).

Combine the foods well and the swellings go away

According to the principles of the dissociated diet (or of the correct food combinations) if we ingest two foods that require different digestive processes, we slow down the digestion, which compromises the absorption of the various nutrients. This fact will be responsible for phenomena such as sense of heaviness, slow digestion, fermentation of ingested food, partial assimilation of various nutrients, gastrointestinal disorders (stomach acid, halitosis, flatulence with abdominal swelling, constipation, etc.).

Below we list some basic rules to favor the digestive processes, which you can adopt for a certain period of time, so as to facilitate the resolution of your problem.

Avoid associating different types of proteins (milk and meat, eggs and cheese, fish and legumes).
Do not combine carbohydrates with meat.
Avoid combining different varieties of carbohydrates (simple and complex like sugar and pasta or grapes and bread, banana and bread).
If you want to know more, visit the sections Healthy Eating, Supplements, Beauty, Herbs and Herbal Medicine, Weight Loss and Food on Riza.it

6 Natural Remedies For Anxiety


Anxiety is characterized by the feeling of worry and mental and physical tension: it manifests itself as a strong sense of anguish, accompanied by the acceleration of the heartbeat and breathing.


Chamomile essential oil

Dilute two drops of noble chamomile essential oil in a few drops of vegetable oil, for example olive oil, or in a spoon of aloe vera gel and massage the solar plexus by taking deep breaths. Sit or lie down for several minutes breathing deeply the smell of chamomile.



Put three or four fresh basil leaves on the bottom of a cup and pour boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes and drink.

Basil is antispasmodic and soothing. It is recommended in case of anxiety, nervousness, stress and insomnia.


Rescue remedy

It is the remedy par excellence against sudden anxiety attacks. It is the mixture of five flowers: Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens and Cherry Plum. Take 4 or 5 drops orally or diluted in half a glass of water.



Honey has a sedative power that acts on the whole nervous system. Unlike refined sugars, honey calms the body. It is recommended for stressed, distressed and depressed people, who often have a lack of minerals.

Take a teaspoon of honey several times a day, preferring dark-colored types, as they are richer in minerals and trace elements.


Herbal bath

Open the hot water in a bathtub and add a handful of chamomile and linden flowers. When the water has reached the desired level, immerse yourself. The active ingredients of chamomile and lime will make the bath a soothing herbal tea. Rub the body with the flowers and place them on your solar plexus.



Make an infusion based on poppy. Take a handful of poppy seeds and place them in a liter of boiling water. Turn off the heat and let it brew for 10 minutes. Drink it throughout the day. Poppy is able to calm anxiety, stress and is also suitable for children. The poppy petals are sweetening and slightly narcotic.

Ideas For A Relax Zone At Home


The thousand work, family and social commitments make our days frantic, messy and super-stressful! Nowadays, stress is clinically recognized as one of the main evils for our health.

Reason why cut out some time for ourselves in the daily life is essential for stretching the nerves and regaining strength.

Not everyone and not always can afford holidays in exclusive locations or relax at a spa. With some small measures it will be possible to create a private space all for us where you can disconnect, even within the home.

Sofas & armchairs

Regardless of the space available, the fundamental element for a relaxing area of great respect is represented by a really comfortable seat able to make everything more pleasant, relaxing and welcoming.

A comfortable armchair, reclining or with pouf, is the best choice for small spaces; perfect to relax and indulge in what we like most like reading, writing, listening to music, watching a good movie, enjoying our favorite drink or sweets.

If you are lucky enough to have more square meters available, you can also opt for a beautiful sofa with chaise longue that will give the environment a touch of style as well as obviously a lot of comfort.

Ah and do not forget … the pillows! Go-ahead to those soft, colorful and many shapes and textures because in addition to embellishing the relaxation area will come back very useful when you want to stretch out.


The real secret to making the environment relaxing and creating a deep atmosphere of peace and tranquility is: taking care of the lighting.

The lights must be adjusted in line with the activity to be carried out: soft light to reconcile rest or meditation or more intense light for reading, sewing, etc.

If the relaxation area is near sources of natural light, I suggest you place curtains so that you can adjust the intensity of light as you like. In all other cases, floor lamps or bajours with the lighting controller will be perfect.


The furniture for the relaxation area must not be cumbersome but rather minimal. Order and emptiness help to achieve inner peace and calm the mind; vice versa, disorder predisposes to nervousness, restlessness and anxiety.

Promoted the tables with clean lines on which to place books, magazines, candles, a jar of cookies, drinks in short everything that can promote your relaxation. If you have little space, you can opt for shelves so you have what you want close at hand.

Prints or canvas paintings with natural panoramas will make your relaxation even more enjoyable.

Finally, remember to take advantage of the power of colors to relax, regain energy and remove stress. For example you can color a single wall close to the sofa / chair or use the curtains of the color you prefer.

Spa atmosphere

To make the relaxation area even more relaxing and create a more intimate and welcoming environment, you can not miss: candles, perfumed essences, music, houseplants or fresh flowers … a fairytale atmosphere will immediately pervade the surrounding space.

With “ivy” the “deep” bearings are attached


The treatments based on this climbing plant are able to dissolve even the accumulations of fat hardened and “stubborn” …

The ivy is an elegant climbing plant that contains precious cosmetic qualities to combat imperfections that affect the legs, linked to inflammation, accumulations of toxins and circulatory stasis. The name of the ivy comes from the Latin verb “haerere”, ie “to be attached”: the ivy, adheres with great tenacity and energy to the old walls and trees, and with the same vigor attacks the most stubborn orange peel, characterized by grainy nodules and painful to the touch.

Ivy drains, smoothes and tones

The phytocomplex of ivy is rich in flavonoids, which disinfect the tissues and have a soothing action, and saponins, which tone the blood vessels, revitalizing them and making circulation more efficient. This set of properties makes ivy an excellent remedy to re-assemble the tissues of the lower limbs and dissolve the bearings. The ivy is one of the most effective herbal remedies to eliminate especially the obstinate and granular cellulite, that of less recent formation. At the same time, thanks to its draining and anti-inflammatory action, this plant is essential to avoid the appearance or worsening of this disorder.

The visible nodules on the skin of the thighs and buttocks are linked to an advanced inflammatory process, which involves the skin tissues. When the drainage system does not work well, the excess of toxins can create accumulations of fluids and grease and inflate the fat cells. The fabrics thus become inflamed and the bearings get worse, becoming evident even without the need to “wring” the affected areas. In addition, ivy facilitates metabolic exchanges of adipose tissue, purifying it from toxins, combating inflammation and favoring the reabsorption of subcutaneous liquids.

Even the stagnations due to hormones are wiped out

The invigorating and vasoconstrictive characteristics of ivy are especially useful during the summer, to thoroughly cleanse the dermis and prevent venous sagging favored by the heat. Its active ingredients tone and protect capillary walls, making lymphatic drainage more efficient and reducing the formation of edema; moreover, they effectively fight vasodilation and congestion of the tissues, which are the antechamber of cellulite. Finally, the ivy treatments also counteract the swelling that occurs or worsens before the cycle or in menopause and is due to alterations in normal hormone dosages.

How to use it

The ivy can be used in the form of fluid extract or mother tincture, but it is also possible to use directly the fresh leaves of the plant, which are collected in the countryside or from the plants that grow in pots on the terrace.

The wrap that removes the graininess

To eliminate inflammation with a deep action, boil a cup of ivy leaves in a liter of water for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool completely and soak up the cotton tablets, which you will then apply to the inflamed tissues. Repeat twice a day for a month.

The massage to regroup the skin

Complete the previous treatment with a super toning massage. Mix 3 tablespoons of wheat germ oil with 15 drops of glycolic extract of ivy and 10 drops of glycolic extract of horse chestnut and massage with this ointment, from bottom to top

The oleolite helps you to deflate the thighs and calves

Thinly mince 300 g of ivy leaves, then immerse them in a liter of almond oil, and pour into a jar. Seal everything and let it rest in a dark place for a month, shaking every day. Filter the oil and use it as an oil for daily massage on ankles, legs, thighs and buttocks.

The cataplasm of leaves and lemon oil activates the microcirculation

Mince a cup of ivy leaves, then pass them in the blender until you get a cream that will spread on the critical points, wrapping the skin with the transparent film. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. At this point, moisturize your legs with your usual cream, enriched with 10 drops of fluid extract (or mother tincture) of ivy and 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

How to improve memory by increasing our mental performance


A good memory depends on the health and vitality of our brain. Whether it is a student who has to commit to the final exams, a professional who does everything possible to remain mentally active, or an elderly person looking to conserve and enhance his gray matter as he goes on with age There are a lot of things we can do to improve memory and our mental performance.

Just as exercise will improve our physical fitness, there are many ways to exercise our brains, improve memory, and remain mentally active. Sleep, diet and spending time with friends can improve our memory, even if we move forward with age. When we train our mind and spend time interacting with others, we can experience a huge emotional drive.

Take advantage of the power of our brain
It is said that you can not teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to the brain, scientists have discovered that this old saying is simply not true. The human brain has an amazing ability to adapt and change, even in old age. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. With the right stimulus, our brain can form new neural pathways, modify existing connections, adapt and react by evolving continuously.

This incredible ability of the brain to remodel is valid when it comes to learning and memory. It is possible to exploit the natural potency of neuroplasticity to increase cognitive abilities, to improve the ability to learn new information, and to improve our memory.

We learn how to improve memory
It is known that to improve memory and keep the mind awake and exercised it is important to train your brain. The more we train our brains, the better we will be able to process and remember information. Often small daily amnesia can be the consequence of a drop in attention caused by fatigue and stress.

To keep the brain trained, it is important to do manual activities that commit it, by stimulating eye-hand coordination and creativity. Activities like learning to play an instrument, taking part in a dance class, playing chess or painting, are all good ways to exercise our brains.

The mental exercise that we choose therefore can range from different activities, provided that it satisfies the following three criteria:
1. The novelty: it is important that it is not an activity in which we are already capable, otherwise it would not be a good mental training. It must be something unknown and out of our comfort zone.

2. Commitment: what requires a certain mental effort and can expand our knowledge will be useful for our brains. Learning a new language, or engaging in a crossword puzzle or a puzzle will help our mind.

3. Fun: physical and emotional pleasure is important in the brain’s learning process. If we are interested in an activity, in fact, it is more probable that we will continue to do it and the benefits we can experience will be infinite. It is also important to make the activity more enjoyable by helping us with our senses, such as listening to music while we practice it, or giving us a prize after it is finished.

In order to improve our memory and the ability to learn and above all to remember, we list some tips:

• It is essential to involve as many senses as possible, relating information with colors, smells, and flavors. Often the action of rewriting information helps to imprint it better on our brain, as it helps very much to read aloud.

• We can not remember something that we have never learned and we can not learn something unless we pay special attention to it. It is indeed important to choose a quiet place, where we will hardly be distracted, if we want to focus on something new.

• We connect new data to information that we already remember. It is important to create correlations, for example: when we store someone’s address, it will be easier to remember if we link it to someone who already lives on that street.

• We try to test the information we have already learned: reviewing what we learned the same day, helps to “fix” it in our memory, even at different times of the day.

• For more complex information, let’s focus on understanding the basics, rather than storing individual information. We can, for example, explain some ideas to someone else, but with our own words.