Two women leaving soft footprints through city streets, country roads, and green mountain paths. Two friends with backgrounds in Fine Art Restoration and Art History who share an appreciation for simple pleasures and a passion for introducing others to Florence and beyond.
Angelica Turi - Tuscan, Licensed Environmental Guide. Elizabeth Namack - American, Licensed Tour Guide for Florence and Province
Monday, April 14, 2014
The people were friendly and not too pushy, and even though my French is next to nothing, I managed to get by with English and a few Arabic words thrown in for good measure. “chakran” was the word I used the most, which got smiles at my pathetic attempt saying “thanks” in Arabic.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
This week I decided to post more plants that we might see on trails while we are walking in the countryside...
Polmonaria / Pulmonaria officinalis. - To treat a cough
Chelidonia / Ranunculus Ficaria, used for the treatment of warts.
|Consolida - Symphytum officinale|
The Consolida - Symphytum officinale, is used in folk medicine to treat wounds.
|Burdock, bardana blossoms|
Burdock / bardana / Lappa officinalis - Internal detoxifying, helps with skin diseases and burns.
|Blossoms of Vitalba|
|Vitalba in the fall|
Traveller´s joy / Vitalba / Clematis Vitalba - only the baby blossoms are eatable.. Later this plant becomes toxic.
Hop / luppolo / humulus lupulus - This plant has a sedative effect. Belonging at the opiate family, traditionally it is used to produce beer. In spring "the long asparagus" is eatable !
Tasso barbasso - especially indicated for respiratory problems
Finally, the hemlock ... Do NOT CONFUSE this with other herbs ... Observe it well, the leaves looks like parsley and the flowers are very similar to the carrot blossoms. This species IS NOT EATABLE. It is a very poisonous species!!
- Post by Angelica, photos from Internet
Monday, March 31, 2014
The healing power of Nature, on the Via Francigena, was of utmost importance for people. Ancient monasteries had their own pharmacies to cure sick pilgrims, using exclusively plants. Lets see some of these medicinal herbs found of our area and how they were used by our ancestors in the Middle Ages.