Magnolia is a genus of plants comprising more than 80 species, native to various continents such as North and South America and Asia. The most well-known species is undoubtedly the Magnolia grandiflora.

This extraordinarily beautiful tree, with broad dark leaves and highly decorative white flowers, provides a sensational spectacle during full bloom.

The Magnolia grandiflora, native to the southeastern United States (from North Carolina to Florida), can reach a height of about 35 meters. Today, it is widely spread as an ornamental plant in gardens around the world, including Italy.

Another member of this genus is Magnolia officinalis, a plant native to China whose bark offers numerous health benefits. Here are some of the most significant ones:

The bark of magnolia contains two compounds, magnolol and honokiol, which, according to a recent study conducted in Japan, can regulate cortisol levels, acting as anti-stress agents and sleep regulators.

Elevated cortisol levels have been associated with weight gain, which is why magnolia bark can be used to prevent abdominal fat accumulation and regulate blood sugar levels.

Magnolia bark is also an effective natural anxiolytic. This particular property is beneficial for those experiencing stress, as it helps induce muscle relaxation.

According to recent research, magnalol can promote the production of corticosteroids in the body, essential for alleviating inflammation. This anti-inflammatory property is very useful for relieving asthma and allergy symptoms.