You only have to say the word “France” and the romance begins. For those who have been there, they yearn to return. For those who have not, it remains the top of their bucket list. When it comes to culinary magnificence and fragrance perfection, France holds top billing for the best of the best.
France is one of the few countries to have Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, providing a vast opportunity to grow unique flowering plants and grapes yielding the
world’s finest wines and perennial herbs not replicated anywhere else to such perfection. When you add France’s distinctive culture, art and architecture as well as its flight of fancy and its rapturous passion for beauty and fashion, France enlivens the most intriguing parallels of life, lust and liberties giving the ultimate freedom to creativity.
Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family. Grown as a condiment to use in salads and dressings, the flowers yield abundant nectar from which bees make a high
quality honey. Lavender has a floral and slightly sweet flavor and is often added to butters, cheeses, soups, condiments, sauces, spirits and beverages. The lavender buds
produce the essential oils used for fine fragrances, creams, body lotions, hair care and air care products. The essential lavender oils are said to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal burns, pain and bites, and help treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness as well as aid with digestive issues.
Though this herb was originally native to Siberia and western Asia, tarragon at its finest quality is widely grown and primarily used in France. It is a perennial herb in the sunflower family. Tarragon is most commonly used in beverages, vinegars, pickled vegetables, sauces and condiments. Tarragon is rich in potassium, Vitamin A and has antioxidant properties so it is also well suited to alternative remedies that support heart health, eye function, appetite stimulates and digestive aids.
Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb, originally found in Southern France, Italy and Syria. The essential oil is used in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions,
body scents and fine fragrances and is the main component of Eau De Cologne. It is often used to improve vision and to calm the nervous system, to stimulate hair growth and scalp treatment and improve memory, mental activity and easing menopause symptoms. As a soothing addition to teas and beverages, clary sage will relax muscles, reduce pain and stress and relax arteries to regulate blood pressure.
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