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Sevene Infusions

Serious About Health

by Sylvie Greil
Seven Infusions: Lemon Verbena, Cornflower, Basil and Peppermint blends

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries in Europe to cure ailments ranging from sore throats to arthritis to more serious diseases. Unlike the U.S. with its current medical model mostly centered on treating symptoms once they arise, Europe has a long prophylactic, homeopathic and naturopathic history aimed at preserving health. Herbal infusions are particularly popular for the prevention of illness.

Sevene infusions and decoctions hail from the Cévennes region of France, on the Domaine de Mazet, an area said to be virtually free of pollution. The cornflower, lemon verbena, basil, sweet fennel, sage and mint carefully grown here were tested in German lab experiments that revealed them to be particularly potent and high in energy levels. This element is crucial: Sevene believes that for a medicinal plant to work, it has to be biologically active and "grown in conditions specifically orchestrated to preserve the life-force essential to [its] efficiency." Sevene takes meticulous care of its plants, irrigating them with deep-sourced Mazet water, drying them naturally in their "plant chapel," and making sure they remain certified organic by Ecocert France.

According to Sevene’s Daniela Segalowitch, "The land of the Domaine de Mazet has never been subject to intensive agriculture or livestock breeding and has never received any chemical treatments or fertilizers. It is located in the area of the Cévennes National Park that has been declared a "World Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO in 1985." She says this area has a very low population and no nearby highways or industry. It remains one of the most pristine areas of Europe. It is also far away from the major tourism areas. According to studies done in 1990, this region was home to the people who lived the longest.

Infusions sorted by color

The Infusions et Décoctions Sevene are sorted by colors, one color per sphere of action, each sphere representing one of the five main functional systems of the human body. Thus Sevene herbs can work on any of the following areas: circulation, elimination, digestion, balance and respiratory function. For instance, you may have a cup of chamomile for better sleep, fennel for an upset stomach or black currant when you feel a cold coming on. Herbs like sage, heather and elder can also be used to lend support in cleansing the body of toxins.

Use only filtered or low-mineral content spring water for the preparation of infusions or decoctions, as contaminated water will reduce their effectiveness and may even make them toxic. The herbs are packaged separately, as Sevene says mixing reduces their effectiveness. You’ll feel quite like an alchemist, concocting your "witches' brew" as you add a pinch of this and two pinches of that. You’ll also feel proactive when it comes to taking care of your own health in natural ways.

Cornflower, linden, basil and lemon verbena  herbs used in Sevene Infusions

Some applications:

BASIL
Basil aids during times of stress and promotes digestion.

CORNFLOWER
Cornflower has a soft depurative action.

LEMON VERBENA
Lemon Verbena protects and tones the venous system, improves digestion and can ease migraines.

LINDEN
Linden promotes refreshing sleep while calming and rebalancing a stressed nervous system.

PEPPERMINT
Peppermint has a cleansing effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. It also works as a stimulant.

To learn more about these certified organic, high-quality products and to order herbs, visit www.sevene.fr.


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(Updated: 10/11/10 AR)


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