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Benefits of Purslane


Portulaca oleracea (known as purslane) is an annual succulent. It grows in the soul and pot.Purslane is considered a weed, but it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Purslane contains more omega-3 than any other leafy vegetable plan. It is a medicinal plant  and Its leaves are used for protect  skin, lose weight, dysentery, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, strengthen the immune system, build strong bones and prevent cancer.


Castle of Zena, 12th century

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It is the private castle and accessible only from the outside. The Castle was a source of inspiration for Raffaello Garagnani who wrote the novel “The maiden of Zena” in 1846s. The story of the noble maiden Zenobia was here – from the Castle Tower she flew in the sky refused to be the wife of an unloved man .

“Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.”

― Sarah Dessen

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Urtica as Nettle


The common plant which deserves great respect.

Urtica can be useful (as tea or fresh leaves) for treatment of disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract,

gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardio-vascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism and gout.

It helps to reinforce hair (rinse).IMG_3854

Use in kitchen-risotto, soup, salty cakes. I made the pasta green (classic recipe: 100gr flour, 1 egg I changed: 100 gr. flour, boiled nettle leaves and 1/2 eggs- it is lighter and healthier) ‘

Austria, Germany and Italy have started to produce commercial nettle textiles.

Nettle grows easily without pesticides.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

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Mineral water

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full?
Do you see the glass as half empty or half full?

I have always loved running water: waterfalls, streams, fountains, springs  … It is the blood of the Earth as well as our own. Passing in this small village Castel San Pietro Terme famous for its thermal waters I take stock of fresh water to drink-it is a pleasure to taste this nectar that a few minutes ago was in the heart of the Earth. The source Fegatella was discovered in 1337. It’s healthy for  digestive system. There is a park nearby for walks. It is a quiet place.IMG_0823

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Forsythia – Sunny Spring Flower

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It is flowering plants native to eastern Asia, but one native to southeastern Europe. It is deciduous shrub and I love that isn’t high modest plant (my old friend is high about 2m). The flowers are produced in the early spring before the leaves. Forsythia is an easy grow plant (all types of soil, low temperature, sun and shade, propagation by stem cuttings in winter). It is a beautiful ornamental plant and it is traditional herbal medicinal plant in China (cold, allergies and flu symptoms).

It is a particular and generous plant!IMG_0677 IMG_0678 IMG_0685 IMG_0686

Stevia – low-calorie sweet


I discovered Stevia rebaudiana last year- thanks to my friend. I try this low-cost plant without difficulty in the garden.

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Stevia has been used for more than 1500 years in the South America as a medicinal herb. The plant is native to the mountains between Paraguay and Brazil. It is easy to cultivate plants and support hot temperature – that is important for me. It is a perennial herb resentment in the cool weather (minimal 35 F). This winter the minimal temperature was -5° C (23°F) and the plant was outside (covered by dried leaves). In case of too cold weather it must be posted in a greenhouse (in pot). It grows well in sunny and middle-sunny position in soft and nutrient soil. It doesn’t need special care. It reproduces by seed (they are tiny and we mixed them with sand to help sow) and by cutting. We can collect and dry all parts of the plant and use them  fresh in  teas and foods. The dried leaves have a sweetening power from which have 250–300 times the sweetness of sugar.

Just now my Stevia grows!

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