INTERVIEW.  Lotto: “reconnecting with the living” through an internship on aromatic and medicinal plants

INTERVIEW. Lotto: “reconnecting with the living” through an internship on aromatic and medicinal plants

INTERVIEW.  Lotto: “reconnecting with the living” through an internship on aromatic and medicinal plants

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Julie Diaz is a farmer. She grows and collects aromatic and medicinal plants to make beauty products. This weekend you are offering a discovery course in Marminiac thanks to the training organization Savoir-Faire & Découverte.

Being a farmer of aromatic and medicinal plants, what does it consist of?

I arrived at Lot 6 years ago, before being Aude but I was already doing the same job. I grow some aromatic and medicinal plants. Like peppermint or verbena, which I didn’t necessarily find before and which I particularly like. I also collect a lot of wild plants. I dry the leaves to make herbal teas. I also have a small still that allows me to make essential oils. I don’t sell vials, but I integrate them into my other products. I need them to make conditioner, but I also use other elements, like beeswax. I also do hydrosol. I also start from mother tinctures, which are the maceration of plants in a hydroalcoholic mixture.

Can you give us an example?

In my last distillation I used carrot seeds. It is a very common wild plant here, which I find around the house. She really likes the heat. I use it to make a hydrosol that can be used in a fall cure. It is very good for the liver, kidneys and skin. I integrate the oil into a day cream that will benefit damaged skin.

Julie Diaz offers a discovery course on aromatic and medicinal plants.

Julie Diaz offers a discovery course on aromatic and medicinal plants.
Photo DR Julie Diaz

For two days, you will conduct a discovery course on aromatic and medicinal plants. What are you going to do there?

It is a real find. We will delete all my activities. Collection of wild or cultivated plants, food preparation (pesto, salad …) We will also do distillation, make a balm … The idea is to discover the vegetable garden, the different activities and work centers. We will be able to discuss what the participants want to do. If they are looking for information to create a business or to gather personal knowledge to make their own products. What excites me in all this is to be able to convey what I know and what I do.

Is this your first internship?

It is not the first time that I have been in contact with the public since I organize markets and sometimes I take walks on wild plants, but it is the first time that I have organized a two-day course. For this weekend I will have three participants. A small number, and what will be large is that we will really know how to adapt according to everyone’s wishes. I am waiting to see how it goes, then I decide whether to continue.

Why did you turn to aromatic and medicinal plants?

I started choosing 15 years ago, and it was a less talked about topic. She is starting to gain momentum in recent years. For me it is an idea of ​​autonomy. To connect with the living and the plant. I want to recreate a relationship with the plant and be able to benefit from what nature can bring us to reuse it daily.

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