START OF THE FLU SEASON The vaccination campaign against seasonal flu has now been launched. The health service recommends the jab for over-65s and for those with health problems that could make them more vulnerable…

In many regions of France, the ritual gathering of mushrooms in the autumn (but also spring spring and summer depending upon the weather), is a culture in itself. Whole families or groups of friends make a day of it, and head off ‘à la recherche des champignons’

If you are a resident of France, you should be registered with a specific doctor, a médecin traitant. If you do not have a nominated GP, you will  receive  less money back from the Assurance Maladie (National Health)  via your carte vitale.

St John’s wort may be hated by sheep farmers but herbalists adore it. The flowering tops are harvested after they begin to bloom (traditionally on Solstice, June 21) and prepared with alcohol, and with oil, to make two of the most useful remedies in any first aid kit.

CSF Sud de France is a French registered charitable association which aims to provide support for English speaking people living in the Aude, Ariège, P-O, Tarn and Tarn et Garonne (east) and who are affected by cancer. This may be as a patient, a family member or carer.

In this treasure trove of recipes, remedies, folklore and magick of commonly found herbs and flowers, Cindy explains how to use the plants of the P-O, with instructions for making tisanes, decoctions, tinctures and compre

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