Category Nature

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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Direction —> Lakes Melo and Capitello

lake-melo-capitello-muntagne-corseSo, how does one arrive there ?

It is indeed in the heart of the island that these two lakes are nested. We start off by taking the direction to Corte, then through the valley of the Restonica for around 15k, arriving near the shepherds huts at Grotelle – at this point, it’s time to start climbing.

In order to reach Lake Melo, you need to count around 1h, and it’s an easy walk too.

After passing by the old shepherd hut at Melo, there are two choices for you to take; to your left is flatter and easier, but also a little longer. If you choose to the right, it’ll be shorter but requires more endurance (ladder and rope), the view here being very pretty...

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Wild garlic ‘Agliu salvaticu’ as a medicinal plant

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Another medicinal plant to add to our collection (which is growing constantly). Notice how pretty they all are too.

Wild garlic belongs to the family of alliaceous plants. Found usually in shaded and moist areas. The bulbs and the more aery parts are used. Possessing properties that resemble those of the common garlic, it lowers blood pressure and prevents arteriosclerosis, relieves stomach aches and facilitates digestion in general. It is also used to treat diarrhoea, colics due to indigestion and even stimulates the appetite. Along with all the above, it is also used as a vermifuge. Garlic purifies and removes toxins from our body, and has a very positive effect on circulation.

When used as a spice: the leaves are finely cut and added to soups, sauces and salads.
When used as a tincture...
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‘Lamaghja’ Blackberry – how to benefit from the advantages

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‘Lamaghja’ can be used to treat sore throats and mouth infections, ulcers and diarrhoea.

 

Decoction for internal use:
For 1 cup of herbal tea, use:
50g blackberry leaves
500ml water
Add the leaves to the water and bring to the boil, continue for another 10m.
Filter and allow to cool.
Drink 4 to 5 cups per day.
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The Poppy ‘U Pampasgiolu’ as a medicinal plant

Corsica Guide coquelicotThe poppy (Papaver rhoeas) also called corn-poppy or red poppy, is a dicotyledonous plant belonging to the dicotyledonous/poppy family. In Europe over the month of April, they are very abundant in fields, along the roadsides and waste grounds. The petals of the flower are used.

Taken as an infusion: calms coughs and bronchitis. Also can be used against insomnia, asthma, angina and stomach aches.
External use: eye disease, dental abscesses and dry skin.
Infusion: a pinch of flowers in a cup of boiling water; allow to infuse for 10m, drinking 3 cups per day.
Poppy cordial: 400g flowers in 1L boiling water, filter and add 1.4kg of sugar, cook until it thickens, then allow to infuse for 12h in a covered container.
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