There was a time when everyone looked after themselves as best they could. Often with plants. We didn't go to the hospital to be treated, and even if we did, we didn't come back.
It took time to send for the doctor, so it was better to act alone, thanks to the knowledge of plants. In the mountain pastures, arnica is found, with all the virtues of healing paralysis and bruises. Lichens were also used against whooping cough, anemone was a nervous sedative, and gentian, the queen of the mountain pastures, was used as a healing lotion. Linden and sage were used as plasters to treat sprains.
If the use of wild plants is fashionable, you should know that at one time they were above all part of a way of life. We used to eat whatever Mother Nature offered: sorrel and wild spinach, or the carline (commonly known as thistle), the bottom of which is a delicious artichoke heart, a plant that is protected today.
Office de Tourisme de Vaujany - 05/08/2021
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