“One really has to be the son of a shepherd to be familiar with transhumance, or seasonal migration, a tradition that older generations have handed down, and one that forms a close connection to nature. Of all the shepherd’s activities, there is one that has always fascinated me. It is perhaps one of the simplest and most natural traditions: the extraction of Juniper oil. Long used to treat animal wounds during the great seasonal migration, Juniper essential oil’s healing and fortifying properties were also used to protect the shepherd’s hands and face which were frequently ravaged by the mistral wind and the sun.
Today, the traditional distillation of wild Juniper – or CADE in Provençal - has practically died out. But its long history, as something handed down from generation to generation, has kept the magic alive for me.'
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