Monthly Archives May 2017

Mullein ‘U Biancu’ – as a medicinal plant

Mullein is known for its emollient, sedative and pectoral properties. It can be used in cases of respiratory and digestive irritations.
 
 
External Use:
The decoction of the flowers can be used as a ‘lavage’ for intestinal colic.
The leaves are cooked and applied as poultices, calming skin inflammations and also painful hemorrhoids – along with maturing boils and panaris. The milk, in which a handful of leaves from the winter’s rosettes has boiled, heals frostbite and cracked hands  in a few days – soaking them for a short while, morning and night (lukewarm).
 
Infusion of flowers for pectoral use:
– 1 tablespoon per cup in boiling water for tracheobronchitis conditions: coughs, acute and chronic catarrh.
Mix for (four-flower herbal tea) great mullein flowers:
– 30g poppy
– 20g mauve
– 10...
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What’s the particularity of —-> CASTIFAO ?

Castifao is located north of the island, just above the Tartagine forest and 2km from Moltifao – at 541m above sea level, also near the Regional Nature Reserve.
 
Since the Antiquity, this little village was famous for its honey and cereals, once called Castifago or Castifalo, becoming Castifao, which means ‘castle of honey’. Flax, silkworms, and the exploitation of mines and quarries were also very much part of daily occupations.
The village itself appears to have developed around an early populated site, as evidence of a prehistoric habitat was found at Roja or the megalith of ‘I Cuntratorri’.
 
 
What to note:
There’s a tower that dates back to 1595, fountains, churches, old ovens and a well known convent that became a historical monument in 1979 (whose church dates back to 1750) – the ...
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With tenacity, grace and character, the branches of the olive tree spread naturally

With an ideal climate for growth, olive trees have grown here in Corsica for thousands of years, already present in the Middle Ages, and were very much part of the original flora of the island, where picking wild olives was a regular tradition – a variety range consisting of Sabina, Biancaghja, Capannace, and Curtinese to mention but a few, also covering the whole region. With minimal requirements, olive trees can grow on rugged, dry, flat or even hilly land – ideal with the high temperatures this island can reach over the summer months, and with the lack of frost, the fruit fully ripens and matures on the trees, enabling a smooth delicious taste.

An extensive program of national replanting saw the day in 1956, resulting from an important freeze that had taken place, and in more recent tim...

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Introducing: The Senetosa Lighthouse

Built on Cape Senetosa, south of the Valinco Gulf (Propriano), in the district of Sartène. This lighthouse dates back to 1889, when the actual work began, being designed by an engineer named Zevaco. And, it would be on May 15th, 1892, that it would finally ‘light up’.
 
An original and isolated lighthouse, with two turrets of 15m in height framing the main building – which add to the remarkable shape of this lighthouse. The body of the building is made of stone, and each of the towers have a precise function; one for the white flashing light of a lantern, and the other with red screens serving to project an area towards dangerous directions. Originally fuelled with mineral oil, but this changed in 1906, when petroleum steam was adopted.
Then, in 1988, the Senetosa lighthouse became automa...
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A few words on: ‘Tragulinu’ and ‘Bancarotta’

The ‘tragulinu’ used to sell various types of food products and numerous objects: sieves, shovels, bellows, pipes, bells. One could hear him arriving from afar, announcing his arrival with the jingle of bells. And, there was always something found to buy, whilst he praised the quality of his products.
 
His goods fired the imagination of both young and elder. And then, there was also the ‘bancarottu’, who carried a small crate within which one could discover the haberdashery –  “Aio ! straglieri, cinque per un soldu ! achi, fili, ditali, rampile, acaroli ! ” He would open his rectangular box, filled with treasures and wrapped in cloth. All the women, children and youngsters would rush up – there were so many hidden treasures in this box.
 
Thread, needles, ribbons, mirrors, penknives, co...
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