Category Nature

Mint – as a medicinal plant

We all know it, as it is very common – but, how much do we really know about mint ?
Mint has anti-oxidant properties that would reduce the arrival of cardiovascular diseases. Well known for assisting digestion, relieving nausea and pain, treating respiratory infections, gastroenteritis and eczema – also relieving gastrointestinal and biliary spasms or flatulence.
 
Internal use:
5-8g / 1L boiling water
(a pinch per cup, 1 cup morning + evening)
 
External use:
Mint calms. Applied as a poultice on a congested/engorged breast, with wheat flour. The infusion can be used for ulcers, and bruises – it is very effective against scabies. Balsam oil was very popular in the past (obtained by the maceration of the tips of the mint leaves in olive oil, for a month), and applied on wounds.
 
 
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‘U Cardu’ Milk Thistle as a medicinal plant

‘Silybum Marianum’, otherwise known as ‘Milk Thistle’ belongs to the Asteraceae (or Compositae) family. Easily recognisable by the bright marbled pale green and prickly leaves. This plant particularly likes dry and sunny places, often with an acid soil – very common in the Mediterranean area. The whole plant can be used. It protects the liver, and stimulates bile secretion. Hepatitis and jaundice can also be treated by the milk thistle, and it is often prescribed as a tonic.
Very effective in the following cases:
– internal and external haemorrhages, hypotension, hepatic insufficiency, asthma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and hay fever.
 
As an infusion:
– 1 tablespoon for 1/4L boiling water – 1 cup before each meal, for 15 days in order to help the liver
 
Milk thistle wine:
– 30g root an...
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Direction —-> the natural pools at the Aïtone Forest

                                                                            Piscine naturelle d'Atone CORSE               
 
 
Far from the coast and its beaches, direction the natural pools of Aïtone situated in the eponymous forest. Spreading out to no less than 4000 hectares, the Aïtone forest literally plunges you into the heart of the Corsican countryside – between chestnut groves, beeches and also laricio pines (known to be the most beautiful from the ‘Island of Beauty’). Furthermore, it is not impossible to meet up with cows, or even wild pigs in complete freedom ! You may also have the possibility of coming across the Corsican nuthatch, a small bird generally perched on the laricio pine trees.
Now, to reach the natural pools, two solutions are possible:
– either by the chestnut trail from the village of Evisa
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Lime Tea – ‘U Tigliolu’ as a medicinal plant

corsica-guide-le-tilleulVery easy to find, the linden tree grows just about everywhere, many of us already use the flowers regularly as an infusion. And although this is quite a common choice, I think it’s necessary to remind just how useful it can be – i.e. for fevers, chills and insomnia.
 
For internal use as a decoction:
2g of dried flowers with around 300ml of water (really depending on the size of your cup too), but those of you who are used to drinking infusions, will obviously know just how much you should use. Bring cold water and flowers to the boil, and continue to boil for around 10m – filter if necessary. Drink several infusions per day.
 
 
 
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The Fig Tree ‘Fica’ as a medicinal plant

corsica-guide-fica-figuierBoth the fruit and the leaves have digestive and draining properties.

Also known for their anti-inflammatory, emollient, expectorant and soothing characteristics. Used for respiratory congestion, coughs, gastritis and digestive disorders – the leaves possess anti diabetic virtues.
 
Use :
As a decoction against the blockage of airways:
macerate 80g-100g in 1L of boiling water for 20min. Strain, and drink throughout the day until you see the symptoms improving.
Against coughs as a gargle: idem, with two gargles per day until symptoms have greatly improved.
 
 
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