Author: Agata Grimaldi

11.06.17

Melissa’s healing powers

If you spent your childhood somewhere in Italy you may remember your Nonna giving you a cup of “Melissa” tea to calm your upset stomach. I never understood if it was a placebo effect, but I remember tea bringing a smile to my face and making me feel better. This garden herb, commonly called lemon … Continue reading Melissa’s healing powers

03.01.17

The health benefits of fermented food

The intake of carbohydrates (“carbs”) remains a controversial subject of discussion. According to some health authorities, they are not essential and a potential source of many diseases ranging from cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. In contrast, others continue to emphasise their importance at the base of the food pyramid and state that they are crucial … Continue reading The health benefits of fermented food

31.08.16

Turmeric: that yellow spice that ticks all the boxes

It is time to make most of Turmeric, that yellow spice you may have bought to make curry from scratch to impress family and friends, and that it’s still in your dispenser unused. Turmeric is extensively used in many Indian regional cuisines. Its use has a mild flavour and its vivid colour adds a visual … Continue reading Turmeric: that yellow spice that ticks all the boxes

16.08.16

From botany to medicine: revealed the extraordinary faculties possessed by rosemary

When I was a student in high school and I had to spend the better part of my afternoons translating ancient Greek texts into Italian, I was always hoping to work on something interesting such as Pliny, Heraclitus or Dioscorides as I enjoyed learning about their herbal remedies for ailments. Pedanius Dioscorides (c. 40-90 AD), … Continue reading From botany to medicine: revealed the extraordinary faculties possessed by rosemary

01.03.16

Scientific research proves garlic’s natural healing powers

The Christmas and New Year period are for most of us, an opportunity to overindulge on food, like Pandoro and Panettone, accompanied by some bubbles, if you are Italian. With the festive season over for another year, the New Year comes with the usual ritual of putting together a list of many promises we make … Continue reading Scientific research proves garlic’s natural healing powers

25.12.15

The secret power of chocolate

It’s four in the afternoon and you have that report to go through and you keep repeating to yourself: “If I could just lie down for a pennichella (an afternoon nap…).” Now, before you go to the office’s kitchen to make yourself another cup of coffee, or fall asleep at your desk, try a small … Continue reading The secret power of chocolate

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