An official branch of phytotherapy, gemmotherapy or "tree bud medicine" is based on the use of the natural properties of growing plants, such as buds or young shoots, genuine sources of vital energy given their high level of active ingredients, in order to help support the organism naturally and lastingly. In line with our commitment to offer 100% natural and organic products, our Florihana brand uses handpicked buds selected from sites inspected by Ecocert, as well as vegetable glycerin and organic alcohol for the manufacturing process.
From the Latin "gemmae" meaning both gemstone and buds as a reference to their rarity and apparent stability in winter, gemmotherapy dates as far back as the Middle Ages when alchemists used plant buds to produce various natural remedies. This gentle practice results from phytotherapy, which is based on the use of the natural virtues of plants.
Initially known as “phytoembryotherapy”, gemmotherapy was invented by the renowned Dr. Pol Henry. As early as the 1960s, this pioneer was the first to suggest that the meristem (a plant tissue made up of rapidly dividing cells responsible for growth) would contain all of the informative energy needed for trees to grow. Following the work on natural remedies conducted by Dr. Pol Henry, Dr. Max Tétau, a French homeopath and herbalist, also made a significant contribution to the development of this practice, which he officially renamed "gemmotherapy".
Complementary to aromatherapy, the products used in this practice are obtained from the maceration of buds and young shoots in a solvent generally consisting of water, alcohol and glycerin. The purpose is to extract the multiple active ingredients from plant buds, which include vitamins, minerals and trace elements, so as to ultimately promote a general good condition.
As part of our gemmotherapy offer, our Florihana brand uses handpicked buds certified organic by Ecocert, vegetable glycerin and organic alcohol.
In any case, we recommend consulting a health professional specialized in gemmotherapy before any oral use of one or more of these specific products, and cannot be held responsible in case of ingestion without prior medical advice.