Tag Archives: traditional remedies

Bellis perennis

Daisy – Pâquerette Here in Provence the first Daisies have come up.  They stay more or less all through the winter till spring.  The flower is made up of white ray florets and yellow disc flowers.  Each little yellow bit … Continue reading

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Tilia cordata

Small-Leaved Lime – Tilleul The Small-Leaved Lime is a European native which grows in the wild in a mixed, deciduous woodland.  It prefers a warm position, sandy or stony soil.  Beside the Small-Leaved Lime, there is another native Lime tree, … Continue reading

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Equisetum arvense

Horsetail – Prêle  Near the village of Rustrel in the Luberon is a site called ‘Le Colorado Provençal de Rustrel’.   You wonder when you first see the sign why it is called ‘Colorado’.  Well, it does remind you of … Continue reading

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Olea europaea

Olive blossom – Fleurs d’Olivier After reading an article by Barbara Wilde, http://www.frenchgardening.com, describing a walk on the old olive terraces around Goult, we were inspired and although it is over two hours driving from where we live, we felt … Continue reading

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Sambucus nigra

Elderberry – Sureau noir – Sambucus nigra When you are driving around in May and you see a small tree or large shrub, covered in blossom, it is most likely to be an Elderberry. It is native to Europe, North … Continue reading

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Isatis tinctoria

Woad – Pastel du Teinturiers Woad was cultivated as the source of blue dye for more than 2000 years.  Plinius, in the first century A.D., reported that the women of Britain dyed their naked bodies blue to attend ceremonial offerings. … Continue reading

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Blossom

In Provence, you feel winter is over when the first Almond blossoms appear, on the coast around the end of January and with us,  about 2-3 weeks later.  This is followed in early spring by the blossom of the Blackthorn, … Continue reading

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Alliaria petiolata

Jack-by-the Hedge – Alliaire officinale Jack-by-the-Hedge is a common herb found throughout Europe.  It is a biennial.  The first year it produces a rosette of leaves, the second year it flowers.  The leaves are triangular to heart-shaped with serrated edges. … Continue reading

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Symphytum officinale

Comfrey – Consoude Comfrey is a herb that grows close to water or on boggy soil.  In the Latin name, ‘Symphytum‘,  the Greek word ‘symphuein’ is hidden, which means to ‘grow together’.  The name indicates what the plant was used … Continue reading

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Hepatica nobilis

Liverwort/Liverleaf  – Anémone hépatique The flowers of the Liverwort are exquisite.  It is one of the first plants of the year to flower.  The sepals vary in colour from blue to purple, pink and even white, but most commonly they are … Continue reading

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