Herbal Teas

In Provence people have a not unfounded faith in the benefit of home-brewed herbal teas. Qualified doctors, instead of resorting to other medicines, are likely to prescribe tisanes for the relief of minor ailments. Four herbs in particular have been used effectively for centuries: sage, as an antiseptic for sore throats; ver-veine (verbena), for digestion and as a mild sedative; thyme, as a natural disinfectant to clean the system; and tilleul (lime), whose blossoms cure constipation and aid sleep.


  • a strip of orange peel
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • a tbsp of acacia honey.


To make a soothing tisane: place a small branch (5-6 leaves) of herbs into 2 pints/1 litre (approx) of cold water. Bring to the boil, cover & remove from heat. Let stand 5-10 mins before drinking. This can also be bottled, or scented at boiling point with: