MAKING HERBAL TEA
Herbal tea is without doubt one of the oldest remedies in the world. Used since ancient times, humankind has long been inspired by nature and the effects of plants on our health.
In the Middle Ages, most medicines were herbal teas or plant extracts. Priests, healers, apothecaries and doctors amassed knowledge that has been passed on to this day.
A SUMMER AFTERNOON
The sun shines brightly and bathes nature in its soft light. Under its rays, the skin takes on beautiful colours. It’s summertime.
We share with you our tips for a bucolic afternoon of well-being to enjoy with family and friends
MOTHER NATURE WHISPERS - THE TREE IN THE GARDEN
In a vegetable garden, by an old farmhouse of wood and stone, there is a majestic apple tree. This tree with its delicious fruit stands right in the middle of the vegetables and aromatic herbs. It casts its shadow over them when the sun is too hot and protects them from storms and hail.
There is so much to do in nature: moving, breathing, observing.
It holds out its arms to us with weather that is cooler than in the city and invites us to reconnect. Its many worlds, full of magic, can be discovered by those who set out to explore it.
A summer walk in nature is the perfect opportunity to observe the plant world that surrounds us.
During your holidays, to preserve a poetic souvenir of your explorations, why not make a summer herbarium for young and old? Framed, it also makes a nice decoration for your home.
SUMMER READS AND FEMALE AUTHORS
Below is our summer selection of books boasting a variety of styles, written by women from different eras.
By the water, in the forest, in a field or on a sunny terrace, these are stories to discover or rediscover during your holidays.
THE FOREST GARDEN, A VEGETABLE GARDEN UNDER THE TREES
In Hebrew, the word “pardes”, which designates the Garden of Eden in the Bible, is translated as “orchard, a place for harvesting fruit”. This word later produced the word paradise. The orchard, with its etymological origin, is thus associated with an ideal of lush nature.
For 14,000 years in Southeast Asia and for only 40 years in Europe, fruit growing has been linked to vegetable growing: it is the principle of the forest garden.
The summer season brings its gentleness and warm weather. The fruit in the market and the first vegetables from the garden will be added to natural, thirst-quenching drinks with numerous benefits.
BEES, AN ORGANIZED SOCIETY
The bee, nature’s fertile messenger, has been present on earth for 120 or 130 million years. We know its pivotal role in pollinating crops and its domestication in the Neolithic period. In France, there are 1,000 species, including the Apis Mellifera, the honey bee.
THE LIFE OF THE BUTTERFLY
The butterfly is a pollinating insect of the Lepidoptera order. It feeds on flower nectar and visits numerous plants. In its flight, it is sensitive to the layout of the landscape and to the presence of biological corridors in order to move from one habitat to another and find its fellow creatures.
THE FOX AND THE CHILD, A REFLECTION ABOUT THE LIFE
A trained environmentalist, the career of filmmaker Luc Jacquet has made him a keen observer of nature and of ecosystems. His experience as a documentary maker in Antarctica helped him direct March of the Penguins in 2004.
AN APPROACH TO CULTIVATION
The word culture comes from the Latin word “cultura” which means: to cultivate the land, to honour, to train the mind through education.
This word, whether it refers to farming or human evolution, expresses the idea of improving the natural world through labour. It relates to knowledge that is gained and used
PRESERVING VEGETABLES WITH LACTO-FERMENTATION
When your vegetable garden yields an abundant harvest, full of natural-tasting and delicious vegetables, you can preserve them longer. Thanks to lacto-fermentation, you can enjoy your vegetables all year round.