When creating the formulation for Buona Respiro Syrup, we selected dried, titrated and standardized extracts of plants known for their calming effects on both dry and chesty coughs, and their capacity to protect the oropharyngeal mucosa.
Grindelia, a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family that grow predominantly in the Americas, contains a resin with mucoadhesive and protective properties that favour the formation of a protective film, this produces a barrier effect that can soothe coughs. This protects the upper respiratory tracts against contact with external irritants.
Ivy, a plant belonging to the Araliaceae family, contains a high concentration of flavonids, which contribute to the elimination of mucus by exerting and fluidifying effect on bronchial secretions.
Blackcurrant, a woody shrub of the Gossulariaceae family, is native to temperate, hilly areas in central and northern Europe that enjoy a relatively damp climate. It contains tannins, flavonoids and procyanidins that have antioxidant effects (anti free radicals).
Thanks to its high sugar content, Honey produces mucoadhesive, protective and soothing effects on the oropharyngeal mucosa.
Honey is by far the most well-known product of commercial bee farming.
It comes from the nectar collected by worker bees foraging in the flowers of many plant species. The worker bees begin transforming nectar into honey immediately after the harvest it from the flower; the process takes place inside the honey sac, where enzymes are added
to the sugar solution contained in the nectar. Then continues inside the hive, where the “house bees” (young workers who have only emerged during the preceding 21 days) continuously ingest and regurgitate the honey, with frequent exchanges between different workers, resulting in a gradual maturing
and enrichment process of enzymes derived from glandular secretions of the bees themselves
and a progressive reduction of excess water contained in the nectar, so as to avoid the risk of the honey fermenting.
When ripe, honey is mainly composed of:
- Carbohydrates 80-82%
- Water 15-18%
- Enzymes, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, trace elements (1-3%).
The composition of honey varies depending on the characteristics of the nectar used to produce it, and it is possible to distinguish between each single-flower honeys, produced using nectar from a single plant species, and so-called thousand-flower honey, produced from nectar harvested from many different species of plants.
Regardless of the specific differences associated with the origin of the nectar, honey is a highly nutritional food source that is easily assimilated, and provides multiple benefits.
SOME SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT BEES
The number of bees living in a single colony, all seasons
The average life span of a worker bee, during the productive season
The life span of a queen bee
The number of eggs laid by a queen bee in a day
The number of times her own body weight the queen bee consumes in royal jelly
The maximum speed of flight of a bee
The distance a single bee would need to fly in order to produce 1 kg of honey (almost 4 times the circumference of the Earth!)
The number of flights between the hive and flowers in order to produce 1 kg of honey
The radius around the hive for harvesting nectar
(equivalent to 3000 hectares, or 4000 football pitches!)
The number of flowers visited in 1 day by the bees from a single hive