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Winter Savory

SarrietteWinter Savory / Satureja Montana
3,20 € / 20 g
Leaves, areal parts
Origin: Auvergne, France

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The Winter Savory is a plant that has been as much praised as rejected throughout history. Its Latin name, “Satureja”, indicates an origin related to the satyrs of Greek mythology, devine creatures known for their sexual vigor. Discarded from the pharmacology and classified as a “herb of the Devil” in the Middle Ages, because of its aphrodisiac virtues, it was later accepted again by the Benedictine of St. Hildegard who spoke of its many vertues in the treaty of medicine “Causae and Curae “. Since then it has been as frequently used for infusions like as a culinary condiment.

Use and advices:

Infusion
Infuse 1 tablespoon of Winter Savory per tea cup, and let it steep in 80ºC water for 7-8 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions:

  • Winter Savory has coagulant properties due to its content in vitamin K. Avoid if you use anticoagulants.
  • Follow recommended intake.

The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

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Sweet chestnut

chataignerSweet Chestnut / Castanea Sativa

Dried leaves
Origin: Auvergne, France

The Sweet Chestnut is an ancient tree originally from minor Asia. Evidence indicates that it has been cultivated by man even far before Christ because of its many uses. The fruit being the most known part of the tree, the leaves also possesses valuable qualities.

Use and advices:

Infuse 1-2 tablespoons of dried leaves per teacup and let them steep in 70-80ºC water for about 8 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions:

  • Within normal consumption there are no known contraindications.

Harvesting advice:

Sweet Chestnut leaves are harvested in the spring since it’s the young leaves that are the most interesting to collect. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. As with all wild harvesting, make certain of your identification of the tree prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Nasturtium

CapucineNasturtium / Tropaeolum Majus
3,90 € / 20g
Dried leaves
Origin: Auvergne, France

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Nasturtium, or Indian cress as it was called in earlier days, can often be seen forming brightly colored blossoms in many gardens of Europe. It is originally from South America, and the Peruvians have used the leaves in infusions since several hundreds of years. The plant is also used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Use and advices:

Infuse 1 teaspoon of Nasturtium per teacup and let it steep in 70-80ºC water, for about 7 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions: 

  • Follow recommended intake and do not over consume. Overconsumption can cause intestinal and/or kidney irritation.

The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

French Marigold

OeilletFrench Marigold / Tagetes Patula
3 € / 15g
Dried flowers
Origin: Auvergne, France

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French Marigold flowers exists in many different colors and are often planted as ornament and protection for other plants in our gardens. It is also an excellent flower for infusions.

Use and advices: 

Infusion
Infuse 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowers per teacup and let them steep in 70-80ºC water, for about 7 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-2 cups / day
We recommend making pauses in daily use at least every three weeks.

Precautions: 

  • French Marigold might provoke reactions by hypersensitive people.

The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Elder

SureauElder/ Sambucus Nigra
3 € / 20g
Dried flowers
Origin: Auvergne, France

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This tree could be recognized even with your eyes closed, just rub the fragrant flowers between your hands and your nose will tell you that it is the Elder tree you are standing in front of. The many legends surrounding this tree witness about its very long history of use, many of them implying medical properties.

Use and advices:

Infuse 2 tablespoons of dried elder per teacup and let it steep in 70-80ºC water for about 7 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions:

  • Do not use Elder during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Elder is not recommended for children.
  • In case of diabetes, Elder might interact with insuline treatment.
  • Elder can increase the activity of diuretic medicine.
  • Follow recommended intake and do not over consume.

Harvesting advice:

Elder is harvested when it is in full flower, usually in the end of spring to early summer. Be aware of its strong scent that can cause discomfort for some. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. As with all wild plant harvesting, make certain of your identification of the plant prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

 

Blackberry

RonceBlackberry / Rubus Fructicosus
3 € / 20g
Dried leaves
Origin: Auvergne, France

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Traditionally used by the Native American Indians, the blackberries are known to man ever since the middle ages. In China it was common to lightly ferment the leaves and make a tea-like brew, and today we keep the tradition living by enjoying the dried leaves in infusions.

Use and advices:

Infusion
Infuse 1-2 tablespoons of dried Blackberry leaves per teacup and let it steep in 70-80ºC water for about 6-7 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

3 cups / day

Precautions: 

  • Follow recommended intake.
  • The tannins in the Blackberry might affect the absorption of certain minerals, like iron. If you suffer from a lack of minerals and are following a treatment, you should discuss the use of Blackberry with your health care provider.

Harvesting advice:

Blackberry leaves are harvested before and during the flowering period. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. Be aware of the sharp thorns of the branches and dress suitably in long pants and sleeves. As with all wild plants harvesting, make certain of your identification of the plant prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Dandelion

PissenlitDandelion / Taraxacum Officinale
3,30 € / 20g
Leaves and aerial parts
Origin: Auvergne, France

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The sunny Dandelion is one of the first flowers many children learn to recognize. It is common in many parts of the world, and has been used as a remedial plant by many peoples.

Use and advices:

Infusion
Infuse 2 teaspoons of Dandelion per teacup and let it steep in 70-80ºC water for about 7 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day, with the recommendation to make pauses in use during the year.

Precautions: 

  • Persons allergic to plants in the family of Asteraceaes may have reactions using Dandelion.
  • Do not combine with the use of anticoagulant medicine.
  • Avoid use if you have a heart condition or kidney problems.
  • It is not recommended to use Dandelion during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Follow recommended intake and do not over consume.

Harvesting advice:
Dandelion leaves are harvested in the spring, from the moment it comes up from the earth to the formation of flower buds. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. The fresh flowers are also edible and can be used in salads or in making flower vine. As with all wild plant harvesting, make certain of your identification of the plant prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Scots pine

Pin SylvestreScots Pine / Pinus Sylvestris
4,30 € / 35g
Buds
Origin: Auvergne, France

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Scots Pine is a species of pine that grows all over Europe. It has been used on the European continent since thousands of years and historically it figures in greek mythology as well as in Druid tradition. Its fragrant buds are traditionally used for infusions, still being collected by several peoples every spring.

Use and advices:

Infusion
Infuse 1 teaspoon of Pine buds per teacup and let them steep in 80ºC water for 7-8 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips. This infusion goes particularly well together with a tablespoon of honey in your cup.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions: 

  • Scots Pine might provoke allergic reactions by hypersensitive people.
  • Follow recommended intake and do not over consume.
  • It is not recommended to use Scots Pine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Harvesting advice:

Scots pine buds can be harvested in two different periods of the year: in the end of the winter or in the late autumn. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. Do not take whole branches or parts of the branch with you, only the buds. Spread your harvest on several trees to avoid taking too much from single specimens. As with all wild harvesting, make certain of your identification of the tree prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Pansy

PenséePansy / Viola Tricolor
4,10 € / 20g
Dried aerial flowered part
Origin: Auvergne, France

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The Pancy is surrounded by many stories and has a strong folk bond in Europe. Furthermore, the Ancient Greeks considered the Pansy as a symbol of fertility and love, and the Celts made a tea from the dried leaves and used it as a Love potion. Today it remains one of our most beloved flowers.

Use and advices:

Infusion
1,5 g dried pansy
200 ml d’eau

Infuse the dried Pansy in a teacup by letting it steep in 70-80ºC water, for 7-8 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-3 cups / day

Precautions:

  • Do not use Pansy during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Pansy is not recommended for children.
  • Pansy may interact with medication treating hypertension and diuretic drugs.

The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.

Blueberry

myrtille-secheBlueberry / Vaccinium Myrtillus

Dried leaves
Origin: Auvergne, France

Blueberry has been used in Europe since the middle ages. It is not only the delicious fruit that can be used, but also the leaves.

Use and advices:

Infusion
5 g of dried leaves
0,5 liters of water

Infuse the leaves in a casserole with 0,5 liters of water. Heat up to about 80 ºC and let steep for 7-8 minutes before enjoying. We always recommend drinking herbal infusions in slow sips.

1-2 cups / day

Precautions:

  • Blueberry leaves might affect the blood sugar level, be aware in case of diabetes.

Harvesting advice:

Blueberry leaves can be harvested during almost the whole vegetative period of the plant, but best is before the fruits form. Harvest on a dry and warm day, and always in clean areas. Avoid collecting close to paths since it is likely more frequently exposed to animal excrements. As with all wild plant harvesting, make certain of your identification of the plant prior to collecting and consuming.


The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.