Benefits of Sunlight

As the sun warms our world, it provides great benefits to human beings. Sunlight spreads everywhere, but it is difficult to take advantage of it unless it touches human skin. To take advantage of the sunlight, you need to go out and stand in the sun. It is not right to do this for a long time while doing so. Psychology also relaxes the sunlight. In a bright beautiful weather, the energy of the person is higher than the indoor weather. Other benefits include;

1. Sunlight helps meet vitamin D requirement. Vitamin D is a very important vitamin for human beings and the only source is sun. Vitamin D begins to be secreted by the contact of sunlight with human skin. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause problems in the immune system and slow down metabolism.

2. Makes muscle and bone system healthier. It prevents the formation of bone loss or other bone diseases.

3. Sunlight contains melatonin. In this way, it is good for insomnia and helps to sleep comfortably.

4. Sun rays help provide a portion of the calcium need in the body.

5. Sunlight reduces rheumatism, muscle and joint pain.

6. Accelerates metabolism and provides resistance to the body.

Sunlight is also very useful for children and babies. Children should also be exposed to sunlight in order to maintain healthy growth of the skeletal and muscular systems and to meet vitamin D. however, care must be taken especially in infants. Before putting babies in the sun, it is necessary to wear a sun hat to protect their eyes and head. Babies should not be kept in the sun during sunlight hours. In windless weather, the baby should be kept in the sun. And on the first day, babies can benefit from sunlight by not more than half an hour, increasing by 2 minutes and then 2 minutes. Prolongation of children in the sun for long periods may cause sunstroke, so be careful.

We should be exposed to the sun for 15-20 minutes a day to benefit from the sun’s rays. Those with white skin should be careful while waiting in the sun. Because light skin is more sensitive. It is wrong to wait in the sun for long periods to tan. Sun protection milks or sun protection creams should be used for long periods of time in the sun.

Mint: The aromatic herb in your own garden

Mints are like many other spice and medicinal plants to the labiates. As perennial shrubs they are found in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, in South Africa and Australia. Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.

In addition to the well-known peppermint with its typical aroma is found in nurseries and garden centers a number of other species, such as the spearmint. It contains less menthol than peppermint and is reminiscent of cumin. The apple mint, on the other hand, smells of fresh apples, while the orange mint spreads a scent of orange blossom. The range also includes pineapple mint, Mexican mint or spearmint. The latter gives especially the chewing gum the taste.


Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Warm and moist
Mint grows almost in all garden soils and are less demanding in terms of climatic conditions. They prefer a moist soil and should therefore be supplied with water regularly during extended periods of drought. But beware: waterlogging does not tolerate these plants.

The spice and medicinal herb also thrives in partially shaded locations. In warm places, however, the mint develops particularly many fragrant ingredients. Anyone who pulls the mint on the balcony requires at least a 60 cm large flower box, in which at most two to three mints are planted. For planting ordinary potting soil is suitable.

Enough distance
Since the mint is a fast-growing plant and spreads extensively in the garden by foothills, it should be placed in the garden bed with a distance of 40 to 50 cm. It is worthwhile to incorporate previously mature compost or good manure in the soil. After about three years, the mints are dug up, divided and transplanted.

From June to flowering is harvest time. Depending on requirements, individual leaves can be plucked off. The plant can also be cut off about ten centimeters above the ground as a whole. The plant parts are fresh or dried, for seasoning or as tea use. For drying, the mints are tied together into small bunches and hung upside down in an airy, dry place. As the plants bloom, the content of oils and other ingredients decreases. The harvest should therefore take place before the actual flowering time.

An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
Healing effect
The leaves of the mints contain ethereal oils and menthol as well as tannins and bitter substances as well as peperic acid. The healing power of mints has been known for a long time. They have a disinfecting, calming, cooling and antispasmodic effect. An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area. Mint tea also relieves spasms of the digestive organs, stimulates the digestive juices and especially on the bile. A steam bath with mint tea for colds, pharynx and bronchial catarrh has a very favorable effect.

Peppermint oil is used as an antiseptic for skin problems as it is a wonderful cleanser for the skin. The mind can help heal infections and itching, therefore, it is an effective remedy for acne or all kinds of discomfort on the skin.

Peppermint also has an anti-itch effect, which gives a pleasant feeling of refreshment, which is why it is often used to treat insect bites on the skin such as mosquitoes and fleas. Mint immediately reduces itching and reduces the size of the lesions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

All it takes is to breathe in a little mint flavor or put a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser to feel how we charge energy. Peppermint increases the functioning of our brain and makes it more alert and concentrated; It helps in fatigue, tiredness and even depression.

A good way to use these properties is to put a few drops of mint on your pillow and let our body recover while sleeping.

The natural way to a normal cholesterol level

Cholesterol – Many people of Western civilization suffer from high cholesterol. But what does that mean in concrete terms and what can be done about it?

* I remember when about 30 years ago, my grandfather had too high cholesterol. We had never heard of it before and my grandmother was visibly worried about having to change diet and lifestyle. But what exactly does cholesterol mean?


What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol itself is immensely important to our body. The fat-like substance is needed for numerous metabolic processes. The body itself produces most of the cholesterol itself in the liver and transports it into the rest of the blood. Furthermore, a distinction is made between good (LDL “low-density lipoproteins”) and bad (HDL “high-density lipoproteins”) cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol, caused by HDL, often show a dietary over-supply to the body and this can result in constricted veins. These in turn can cause arteriosclerosis and numerous cardiovascular diseases. Your cholesterol value can be determined by the doctor.

How can you prevent high cholesterol?
It is almost self-explanatory that we ourselves are responsible for our cholesterol. To maintain a healthy balance, it is important to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. In a cholesterol-conscious diet, you have to make sure that you eat less animal fat, sugar and carbohydrates. The proportion of high – quality fats, such as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, should therefore be increased. On the plate should be a Mediterranean mixed diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and fish or a basic diet. But how can you reduce cholesterol by natural means?

Diet and nutritional supplementation with high cholesterol
Red rice and Monacolin-K: Especially effective is the combination of red rice and Monacolin-K. The rice from China and fermented by the red fungus Monascus purpureus rice contains the ingredient Monacolin-K. It has been scientifically proven that Monacolin-K stabilizes cholesterol. [1] Only 10mg Monacolin-K daily are enough to maintain a normal cholesterol level. This has also been confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in accordance with the Health Claims Regulation. Now, of course, you can not eat daily red trips, so in this case, the intake of this nutritional supplement BioProphyl red rice would be highly recommended. For me personally at the moment the favorite, because you can make the best progress with it.

Blueberries are healthy slimming products. Regular consumption helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
Linseed oil is known for its omega-3 fatty acids. It is best to mix a spoonful of linseed oil into his yoghurt daily. If you do this over a longer period, you will definitely make good progress in the fight against cholesterol.

Thyme ointment – good for colds and joint problems

Thyme is my favorite sun child, whose healing effect works until the winter. He is great in the herb pot pull and enjoys us as a kitchen even under the year. But did you know that you can also make a thyme ointment? This helps well against cold and joint complaints.

Gardening – urban gardening *
I always have thyme at home. You get it all year round as a fresh organic herb in organic quality. If you plant it in the garden, you should buy real thyme (thymus vulgaris). He grows up to 40 cm tall and is a robust, strongly rooted subshrub. Originally from Spain, he has spread very well in Central and Western Europe.

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curative effect
Scientifically proven, it is antiviral and antibacterial. Therefore, it is well suited against mucus of the respiratory system, lung mucus, cough, whooping cough, bronchial catarrh and others. Particularly popular with children is the thyme syrup, which tastes very good and is more popular than conventional cough syrup. In the video “Thyme Syrup made yourself” you will find a guide. To relieve cold symptoms you can also make yourself a cold balm. The recipe is based on a herbal mixture of thyme, eucalyptus and pine oil. In addition, it works well against inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucous membranes. Achievements made synonymous with joint complaints.


Thyme ointment – good for colds and joint complaints
Therefore it is always good to have a thyme ointment and a thyme oil at home. As a basis for the production of a thyme ointment you need a good thyme oil. How you make the herbal oil extract yourself, you can the contribution

Make herbal extract yourself

remove. It is worth to make a thyme oil, because you can not use it only for the production of healing ointments. It is also a great oil for marinating salads, mushrooms and grilled meats. If you have the time or desire to make the thyminal oil yourself, then please buy a high-quality organic oil.

thyme oil
In case of bronchitis and severe cough, you can perform a thyme oil chest wrap. For this you dissolve in a ratio of 1:10 ethereal thyme oil with olive or distich oil and heated it in a water bath to body temperature. Apply to an old towel and put on a chest wrap. To make the thyme ointment you need the following in addition to the oil:

• 30 ml of thyme oil
• 3 grams of beeswax

The recipe is a vegetarian version of the thyme ointment. Use the thyme oil described above and heat in a water bath. Dissolve the beeswax in it. If everything is liquid, then you can fill the oil in an ointment container. Both recipes last about 6 months. If you want a longer shelf life, then you should add 2-3 drops of vitamin E to it.

For cold problems simply lubricate on the chest and bronchial area. In case of joint problems rub the affected area with it.

Here on the herb witch, I have often talked about the treatment options of bronchitis. A good overview of this can be found in the article “Overview of medicinal herbs for respiratory diseases”.

Stomachache and feeling of fullness

During some days you like to eat well and often too much. This often leads to stomach ache and feeling of fullness. So it’s time to do something good for your stomach and do a little shorter.

Sometimes the appetite is so great that you stuff everything in yourself, which only exists. From my own experience, I know that very well. 😉 Especially now, around the holidays, we tend to eat a lot. How do you feel about it, most of us know! But there are a few tips and tricks on what to do about it!

Here on the herbal witch I have already put together several articles on the subject stomach / intestine. A good overview can be found below


The gut, the mirror of your soul

In case of acute help following tips

What to do if you have a stomachache and a feeling of fullness?

Carrot juice: Drink fresh carrot juice, about 100 ml of it should be enough. Can also be taken preventively.
Chew a raw slice of potato well and then swallow it. Potato binds the excess stomach acid and thus helps restore a well-being.
Avoid carbonic acid, it only inflates the stomach.
The following teas help: chamomile, peppermint, anise, yarrow, lemon balm, fennel, blackberry, ginger and marshmallow leaves. Several cups of it work wonders.
Cumin tea helps in the digestion of greasy, sour and flatulent food. Both for prevention and for relief.
Warmth also does the stomach good. Place a hot water bottle or a warm cherry stone pillow on the stomach and wait.
Ginger is an absolute all-rounder in terms of digestion and fullness. In addition, ginger helps with nausea. Just douse a few slices of ginger with hot water, infuse and drink (hot or cold).

Personally, I always recommend a self-made bitters or herbal schnapps.