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  1. The Power of Grape Seeds

    The Power of Grape Seeds

    Inside the grapes, in those small and discreet seeds that we all remove so as not to eat them, and which are treated as residues in the processes of making wine and other beverages, hide very valuable properties and for many unknown until now. Grape seed oil is a great detoxifier, rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

    The science of modern medicine has now highlighted the value of many foods that were not found in people's regular diet. Many foods go unnoticed for their taste, but when they were studied they proved to be very complete foods, both in nutrients and in other substances conducive to health. This is the case of grape seeds or grape seeds. 

    Grapes in general have always been a food that has been taken into account by laboratories all over the world. Grape is a fruit with exceptional health properties, and in many pharmaceuticals such as body products the grape fruit is found as a base. 

    The discovery of regenerative and curative properties in grape seeds is an achievement of modern science and its use in industry has led to the realization of different products that add more and more consumers in their ranks, in many cases above traditional consumption alternatives.

     

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  2. The beginning of Wine Therapy

    The beginning of Wine Therapy

    Wine therapy is an alternative treatment that arises from the fusion of ancient traditions and the knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of wine. 

    One of the most distinguished peoples in the development of wine were the Greeks, and it was precisely in ancient Greece where medicine had a great development, acquiring a scientific character and separating from the magical practices and superstitions that until then conferred priests and other characters of similar character. 

    Hippocrates contributed with great merit to transforming the situation. 

    Hippocrates was born in 460 B.C., on the island of Cos, famous for its wines since antiquity, where he founded the medical school of the same name. 

    Among the subjects dealt with in his writings, it is important to focus on those related to nutrition, way of life, work, physical exercises, etc.  From this source we know that he used wine as an antiseptic and healing agent. 

    Asclepiade handled a much less aggressive therapy than the other Greek doctors: his diets always coincided with the tastes of the patients, he avoided purgatives and emetics, he recommended rest and massages, he prescribed wine and music for fever.

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  3. Aloe vera, insects and bites

    Aloe vera, insects and bites

    With the arrival of heat, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, jellyfish... All of them get together during the months with high temperatures so that we cannot enjoy 100% of the small luxuries of life such as sunbathing, going out for a walk or going to the beach. 

     

    In this article we will explain the functions of Aloe vera to repel insects and treat bites.

     

    Keeps insects away

    If you simply want to enjoy a picnic without having to think about insects, you can spread some Pure Aloe Vera Gel on the parts of your body that will be exposed to contact with nature, so you no longer have to worry about bites. Remember that this plant serves to neutralize body odors.

     

    Serves as a calming and anti pruritus

    If you haven't been able to avoid having a mosquito or jellyfish bite on your skin, you can get rid of the pain by applying Pure Aloe Vera Gel directly to the skin with a constant circular massage on the affected area. Thanks to the composition of Aloe vera and its moisturizing and calming effect, we will avoid redness of the skin and reduce inflammation in a matter of a few minutes. In addition to being an excellent home remedy for soothing irritated and reddened skin due to bites and burns, Aloe Vera is a plant that has no contraindications and can be applied to the skin of people of all ages.

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  4. Pineapple and Aloe. Refreshing juice to purify the organism

    Pineapple and Aloe. Refreshing juice to purify the organism

    Pineapple is a sweet and juicy fruit that can be eaten alone or added to sweet and salty recipes such as green smoothies, salads, pizzas, rice, pineapple juice, biscuits, empanadas, etc. 

    The pineapple is from Brazil, its plant is known as Ananas Comosus and belongs to the botanical family of Bromeliads.

     

    Its nutritional value

    Pineapple has up to 87% water in its composition, it also contains carbohydrates, fiber and vegetable protein. Its fat content is practically zero.

    Pineapple micronutrients: Vitamins C or ascorbic acid, B9, A and B3. 

    Minerals contained in pineapple: potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iodine, sodium, zinc and iron.

    The pineapple provides 50 kcalories per 100 grams and has an average glycemic index. In general, in a healthy diet it is recommended to prioritize the consumption of fruits with low and medium glycemic index, especially in cases of overweight, obesity or type II diabetes.

     

    Its medicinal properties

    Pineapple contains bromelain, a proteolytic digestive enzyme with anti-inflammatory, digestive, immunostimulant and analgesic action.  

    In order to take advantage of the benefits of bromelain, pineapple should not be heated or prepared at high temperatures because it is inactivated. That is why it is important to always take the natural pineapple in order to take advantage of its benefits.

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  5. The 4 best allies for your muscles and joints

    The 4 best allies for your muscles and joints

    In this week's article we want to talk about one of our most popular products: Relax Gel.

    This gel is ideal for relieving muscle and joint pain, also promotes circulation and refreshes the skin. All this is thanks to its 4 main ingredients: Aloe vera, Eucalyptus, Camphor and Mint.

    Below we want to show you what benefit each of these ingredients brings to our body.

     

    Aloe vera

    One of the most significant properties of Aloe vera is his anti-inflammatory effect. This plant also acts as an analgesic. The combination of both properties makes it a perfect ally during the treatment of different conditions such as rheumatism, osteoarthritis or arthritis.

    It contains anthraquinones which are natural analgesics and contain an anti-inflammatory component.

     

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  6. Superfoods: Moringa, Chia, Royal Jelly, Gofio and Aloe vera

    Superfoods: Moringa, Chia, Royal Jelly, Gofio and Aloe vera

    What is a superfood? 

    We can say that the foods mentioned in this category contain greater amounts of nutrients than other common foods, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, but there really is no academic definition as such, because it is really a term used in marketing.

    Based on this definition, Aloe deserves to be called a superfood because, as we already know, aloe vera is an excellent source of nutrients to present vitamins and antioxidants, calcium, proteins and complex polysaccharides of plant origin.

    In this week's article we will compare the characteristics of some superfoods with the Aloe vera, our objective will not be to choose the best or most complete, but the most suitable to our requirements at a given time.

     

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  7. Supplements for athletes and Aloe vera

    Supplements for athletes and Aloe vera

    Aloe vera as a complement: 

    Pure Aloe Vera Juice once again demonstrates its versatility and stands out as the best food supplement for those who practice sport at all levels. It contains 75 potentially active components: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.

      - Vitamins: contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid and choline. The antioxidant neutralizes free radicals. 

      - Enzymes: Contains 8 enzymes: aliase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Some help break down sugars and fats.

      - Minerals: Provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways 

      - Sugars: Provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannan / polmanose). 

      - Anthraquinones: Provides 12 anthraquinones (including Aloin and Emodin), which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives.

      - Fatty acids: Provides 4 vegetable steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. 

      - Hormones: auxins and gibberellins that help in the healing of wounds and have anti-inflammatory action.

      - Others: Provides 20 of the 22 required human amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. 

    It also contains salicylic acid which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.  

    Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances the penetrating effect of the other ingredients on the skin. Saponins, which are soapy substances, form approximately 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.

    You can take two tablespoons of pure Aloe vera juice each morning on an empty stomach or mixed in a natural juice or fruit and/or vegetable shake.

    On sports days take two tablespoons after training, you'll notice the difference.

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  8. Aloe vera for hair care

    Aloe vera for hair care

    Since ancient times, hair and the way it is worn has been part of each person's personality. In some cases it is even a religious symbol or a symbol of social level and strength. 

    For hair to be attractive it must look healthy and natural. Hair is considered today by many women and men as an important and indispensable part of their personal image.

    The metabolic processes for the creation of hair are complex and involve different categories of elements and molecules:

        - Minerals such as iron and zinc are fundamental for the production of proteins that make up hair. The low presence of iron is known to cause hair loss.

        - Vitamin D is essential for hair growth. Vitamin C is also important for iron absorption. 

        - Biotin (Vitamin H) and other B vitamins can help promote hair growth. 

    The aloe vera leaf, and therefore the juice, has vitamins such as A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3, B6; and minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese. As we can see, aloe vera has an infinite number of benefits for our health and for the health of our hair.

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  9. How to take care of Aloe vera in pots?

    How to take care of Aloe vera in pots?

    Growing aloe vera at home can be an excellent idea. In addition Aloe vera can live perfectly in pots.

    We can use the leaves of this wonderful medicinal plant in many home remedies and enjoy the many benefits it provides. 

    It is so easy to grow that it is worth having at home. It needs few cares, little water and, in addition, it is enough to have it in the interior. 

     

    How to plant the Aloe vera plant?

      - The first thing we must take into account when planting Aloe vera is the time and clima. This type of plants require a place that is neither too humid nor too cold. Therefore, it is ideal to plant them in a clay pot. Also, the best time of year to do it is autumn or spring.

      - The best way to plant Aloe vera is from one of the buds or offspring of an adult plant. The seeds of Aloe vera are more complicated to get, so the best option is to do it through one of the children. 

      - Place a two-finger high gravel drain at the base of the pot to ensure that the plant will grow in optimum conditions.

      - Add common garden soil and peat in equal parts. Also add organic fertilizer, never chemical. If you have an adult plant and this is where you want to get your children or shoots from, first of all identify them. The sprouts are those that have grown around the mother plant, they are smaller (they should measure between 15 and 20 cm) 

      - To remove the plant from the pot, select one of the children, grab all its leaves and, with the help of a spreading knife (without damaging the plant) separate the roots of the sprout and the mother plant.

      - It is very important not to damage the root of the sprout, since it constitutes the main part so that a new plant can grow. When you have it, you only have to introduce it in the flowerpot and cover the plant with soil until the birth of the leaves. It is advisable to start watering two weeks after planting.

      - It is recommended that you leave the new plant in a place where it will receive sunlight and, if possible, be somewhat damp. During the first stage of planting, moisture favors its growth, so it should not be left in a cold place.

      - Keep in mind that when the plant is adult (between two and five years after planting) you must separate the mother from the children and repeat all this process to reproduce it. 

      - If you have seeds of Aloe vera, you should know that the preparation of the soil is the same as that of planting from shoots.

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  10. La Cochinilla, Lanzarote culture

    La Cochinilla, Lanzarote culture

    What is Cochinilla?

    If you live or have visited Lanzarote, you may have heard of the cochineal but... Would you tell me what it is?

    The cochineal is an insect that parasitizes the Opuntia Ficus Indica cactus, or more commonly known as tunera.

    The scientific name of the cochineal is Dactylopius coccus, the most outstanding anatomical distinction of this family of insects is the long beak or face that all its species possess.

    Thanks to this beak they manage to absorb the juice of the plant, being this its only and exclusive food.

    The origin of the name Cochinilla seems to be found in the Latin 'coccinus', whose meaning is 'red'. Another possibility of origin of the name could be based on the humid cochineal, that small insect that is usually found under the stones of the field, which rolls up forming a little ball when we try to catch it. 

    The cochineal is characterized by its pronounced sexual dimorphism. While the female, about 5 to 6 mm long and leaden grey in colour, has a chubby shape and no wings, the male, on the other hand, has the appearance of a normal insect in which the head, the thorax with its wings and the abdomen are clearly perceived, as if it were a small milky white fly. 

    Such is the difference in shape between the female and the male that we might believe when we see them as two insects of different species.

    But the most striking and surprising anatomical character of this insect in the male sex is undoubtedly the absence of buccal organs with which to feed having lost them by atrophy during the process of metamorphosis that suffers when passing from the state of nymph to adult.

    The young in their first phase of nymphs, both males and females, are not easy to recognize with the naked eye due to their extreme smallness.

    From birth, the cochineal contains the characteristic crimson liquid that has made the insect so famous and from which the dyeing industry has benefited so much.

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