19.5.11

A herbalist's shop

There are still a few herbalists’ shops around in Paris. This one has kept its original charm from 1880. Some 900 plants, herbs, mixtures... are available + I guess some special and individual variations. I have not been a fan until know, but the professional service by real pharmacists gave me the impression that “why not try”, so I left with a little bag.


33 comments:

Ruth said...

Lavender please?

I wonder if some are ingestable, like Bach's internal herb remedies. Or are they all essential oils for scent only?

I would be there for hours. And I promise I would not mess up the basket of petals. :-)

Dianne said...

This herbalist shop is absolutely charming Peter - I can smell the delightful aromas from here - Lovely top photo with the most wonderful selection of dried herbs and flowers!

Starman said...

Very interesting.

Scheherazade said...

Absolutely charming. Thanks for posting this. I love to grow herbs in my garden and dry them. I use them for cooking.

Mystica said...

The basket of petals is so picturesque. Thanks for an unusual post and pictures. Me in chilly Melbourne right now.

Virginia said...

Oh i love this place Peter! I would love to visit and find out if they have a "potion" for my knee! :)
Great post.
V

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I would imagine that you can smell the sweet aromas of this shop from down the street. How much fun would it be to spend hours here... like stepping back in time. Lovely, Peter

Bises,
Genie

Carla M. Turner said...

Beautiful Peter! I can only imagine how wonderful that basket of herbs smelled... Thanks for sharing so many wonderful little corner of Paris with us! ~Some day I'll make it there... some day! ;)

Anai Le said...

¡Bellísima tienda!

Y quiero una balanza como esa.

Owen said...

La grenouille would love these places, and will love seeing this post, will show her tomorrow. And that green spot at upper edge of map must be the Montmartre Cemetery... which you have slipped in again. I really have to get back to my photos from there and do a post for you...

Pierre BOYER said...

Magnifique !
Il ne manque que les odeurs...
Belle journée Peter,

Pierre

Cergie said...

Et bien tu me l’apprends, j’ai toujours regretté la disparition des véritables herboristes (dans les années 1970) car nous en avions un très bien et efficace à Epinal. Cependant j’ai un doute, celui-ci ne vend-il pas plutôt que des tisanes ? Comme on en trouve aussi dans les grandes surfaces, contre les jambes lourdes, diurétiques, calmantes etc.
Contre ou pour quel mal le sachet que tu as emmené ?

SusuPetal said...

Those herbs look inviting.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

The first picture of all those herbs are flowers is just gorgeous. How vibrant! I'd love to visit these shops..thanks for informing me, for in fact I had no idea they existed!

claude said...

C'est la caverne d'Ali Baba pour ceux qui ont des petits maux partout.
Le beau et grand pot est pour moi, parce que je j'adore ce genre de choses et aussi parce que je suis en pleine crise de spasmophilie.
J'ai l'oeil gauche qui saute et c'est un signe. Il me faut du magnésium.
J'aime cette boutique de par son intérieur et aussi son extérieure.

marcel said...
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nathalie said...

Un grand sujet actuel, la défense de l'herboristerie, mise en danger par les règlements européens. En as-tu entendu parler ?

nathalie said...

PS - ta première photo est délicieuse

Adam said...

What did you buy?

Of course, you find this service offered in the Chinese districts of Paris too, although communicating exactly what you want and knowing what you're going to get in return can be quite tricky!

Cezar and Léia said...

oh lavender for sure!I imagine the sweet perfume, so different and interesting little bottles.
I like a lot the first composition, but all collages and pictures are great!
Léia

Thérèse said...

Il est dur le commerce pour cette branche de métier à l'heure actuelle. Les corporations sont en marche pour les éliminer malheureusement.

Studio at the Farm said...

What a fascinating shop! The aroma in there must have been divine! Thank you, Peter, for the wonderful photos and information.

Synne said...

Oh my! I love independent and old fashioned little shops like this!

V Rakesh said...

Wow! This ones cool!

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a fascinating herbal shop, Peter! It's great that some 900 products are available!
The first photo is so beautiful, almost I feel the scent of the herbs... Paris is always a surprise even to you, isn't?

I also would like to find out if they have a "potion" for my knee, like Virginia... I have been with tendinitis in my left knee...

Have a pleasant weekend.

Pery said...

Maintenant, je rêve de visiter cette charmante boutique:) Merci!

Kate said...

A delightful place to visit. I wonder how long it takes to become competent at this trade/profession?

Catherine said...

what a wonderful tour of this herbalist shop - wonderful

Maria O. Russell said...

I see your scarf and yor camera in one of the photos, Peter. I thought it was already warm in Paris.

Lovely post!

ALAIN said...

Cela me rappelle une pub :
"La Boldoflorine,
"la Boldoflorine
"la bonne tisane pour le foie...

arabesque said...

oh! i want some cool lavender and fresh jasmine. ^0^
can i have some potpourris send to me please?! ^-^

Jeanie said...

Peter, I'm waiting for you to write the book. Or shoot the photos, though your words are perfect. Honestly! I'd give it to everyone I know who loved Paris!

Trotter said...

Amazing! it remembers me the one oin Marrakech; very famous... ;)