Saturday, June 11, 2011

Phytothérapie To The Rescue

Chamomile before it becomes an herbal remedy (or not).
"Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue parceque je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte," Blaise Pascal.

("I make this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.") Please transfer, "blog post" for letter within this famous phrase.

Ultimate translation: I'm about to tell you a story which may or may not interest you, has some value-added, which you may or may not know, stays on a French theme, more or less, and I'll try to relate the episode in as few words as possible.

It's Saturday and you're probably busy.

Mostly, I believe in many of the possibilities of phytotherapie, plant remedies, which can easily be found in all French pharmacies.

Today after rubbing my right eye -- it was itching like crazy, what was I supposed to do? -- it swelled up and left me with a tiny slit between upper and lower lash lines.

My friend Elise arrived chez nous, gave a discreet scream and said, "Where is your chamomile tea? We need it right this second."

I went to the cupboard and found the Médiflor pictured above. I noticed the first important word beneath the brand name started with a "C" -- calmante. (I thought it said chamomile in my frenzy.)

She brewed it up, believing she had no reason not to have confidence in my comprehension of the French language, and made several compresses which we alternated on my red, itching swollen eye until it magically returned to normal.

The point of this story you may be wondering? I'll tell you. The herbal tea (tisane) we used, which is supposed to be a natural calmante when ingested (but isn't really) contains: valérian, passiflore, aubépine, tilleul, mélisse officinale and bigaradier -- and not one leaf of chamomile.

But it worked. That's today's value-added.


une femme said...

I wonder if it was the valerian, which I believe is also an anti-inflammatory. (Back before I had my hip replaced, my herbalist friend had me taking herbal anti-inflam capsules that contained valerian and turmeric, among other things). But good to know! I never think about a tisane compress to soothe irritated eyes, but now I will.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I personally love reading stories like this one because you never know when you are going to need the information!!

BigLittleWolf said...

Always happy for a natural "calmante" in my own chaotic days (and nights).

Oh, for the time to properly edit, n'est-ce pas? My own morning (afternoon?) ramble, woefully in disarray...

Perhaps a cup of tea?

louise said...

Reading your blog is the best part of my morning!! Thanks for your faithfulness ! White Rock, BC

Deb said...

Let me just say that I ran out and purchased the bioderma abc after you mentioned it, my life has changed for the better :)..seriously! So, whatever you recommend, I believe it. Even my mother said my skin looked amazing.
PS..I wait around every morning for your blog, when you run late, I run late and I love it.

Tracy said...

this post makes me want to learn french if for no other reason than i want to have the lingual credibility to use the expression mon dieu and not feel so very american.
oh these nature remedies...38 weeks pregnant, trying not to kill the father of my child, and being the only person sane enough to know that a c-section was a valid psychiatric procedure, i turned to valerian.
ocular stasis was restored with Médiflor. no one died after the valerian. who cares why...

The Empress said...

This reminds me of what Mark Twain would say, "If I had more time, I'd have written you a shorter letter."

aBroad said...

Oh Lordy, the gallons of Chamomile tea I have had in my life, hoping for Calm. :)
I figured out after a while that just the ceremony of the tea making and drinking and stopping for a minute and relaxing, worked with any flavor.
I have been known to use the wet tea bags as poultices, no need to make tea first.

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