The Matton-Farnets have been in the wine industry for almost three centuries, beginning at the Domaine de Chateauneuf in Vidauban, and continuing at Château Minuty from 1936 where Gabriel Farnet, the grandfather of François and Jean-Etienne, the current owners, set up. Gabriel Farnet replanted the entire wine estate and returned Château Minuty to its former glory. It was built under Napoleon III, as was the small chapel that the cuvee de l’Oratoire takes its name from and which was the estate’s flagship bottle for a long time. The most prestigious hotels on the Côte d’Azur still have its fat Burgundian-shaped bottles. In 1955 Château Minuty was one of 23 estates to be consecrated as a classed growth of the Côtes de Provence.

    
    
    
    
 The vineyards are directly influenced by the sea with a south-east aspect. These 75 hectares of vines benefit from a temperate maritime climate. The sea breezes dry the vines after morning dew or rain and contribute to reducing the risks of disease.
http://www.minuty.com/en
MINUTY SA.
2491 Route de la Berle

83580 Gassin

Opening times: 09h30 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 19h00

Opening dates: From Monday to Friday. Open Saturdays during the summer.

Languages spoken: English, French

GPS:Latitude 43.2333467 – Longitude 6.59530359999966


  

   
    
    
    
       Thalassotherapy (from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”) is the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy.It is based on the systematic use of seawater, sea products, and shore climate.The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin.



http://www.thalazur.fr

Hotel Baie des Anges by Thalazur Thalasso & Spa

770, Chemin des Moyennes Bréguières

06600 Antibes

The hotel Baie des Anges Thalazur in Antibes provides charming rooms that are suitable for business and private travellers. In the restaurant with terrace, Mediterranean dishes are served. The wellness area and the outdoor pools invite to spend refreshing and relaxing moments. Furthermore, well-equipped conference rooms and free parking facilities are provided.

  

 

Benefits of The Lavender       

Cuts

Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.

Calming

Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.

Nausea or motion sickness

To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

Sleep aid

Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.

Minor burn

Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!

Eczema / Dermatitis

Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. I have a dear friend who suffers from severe eczema and swears by this.

Bee sting / Insect bite

Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.

Nosebleed

To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).

Dry or chapped skin

Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

Chapped or sunburned lips

Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

Dandruff. 

Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

 Cold sores. 

Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.

Hay fever. 

Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

Relax in Style !   

  Formerly known as The Fallon, this unique Edgartown inn was renamed “The Sydney” in early 2015.

The name “Sydney” means “ wide island south of the water” — a ideal description of Martha’s Vineyard. Our boutique Edgartown hotel is a small but distinctive fixture in central Edgartown — a magnificent Victorian home built in 1892 by Captain Charles W. Fisher, with an intact lawn and lovely architectural details.

That’s why we call The Sydney a “small jewel on a wide isle.”

It’s petite, chic and perfectly located.

 

 On-site Dining at l’etoile! 

Our petite Edgartown hotel houses of one of Martha’s Vineyard’s best, most award-winning (and inventive!) chef-owned restaurants. Renowned l’etoile, a fine dining restaurant from chef Michael Brisson awaits you on the first level. Make any occasion special by dining at l’etoile. Sample the seasonal menu nightly 5:30 pm–10:30 pm.

Soak up the ambiance of casual elegance

Enjoy dining “under the stars” on our covered terrace

Enjoy the “Sydney” cocktail or choose from l’etoile‘s extensive wine list

Meditation is the key to get in touch with yourself.
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How to Meditate
The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what’s going on around you. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation, allowing you to begin your journey on the path of enlightenment.
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Choose a peaceful environment. Meditation should be practiced somewhere calming and peaceful. This will enable you to focus exclusively on the task at hand and avoid bombarding your mind with outside stimuli. Try to find somewhere that you will not be interrupted for the duration of your meditation – whether it’s five minutes or half an hour.

The space does not need to be very large – a walk-in closet or even your office can be used for meditation, as long as it’s somewhere private.
Wear comfortable clothes. One of the major goals of meditation is to calm the mind and block out external factors – however, this can be difficult if you feel physically uncomfortable due to tight or restrictive clothing. Try to wear loose clothing during meditation practice and make sure to remove your shoes.

Decide how long you want to meditate for. Before you begin, you should decide how long you are going to meditate for. While many seasoned meditators recommend twenty minute sessions twice a day, beginners can start out doing as little as five minutes, once a day.
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Stretch out. Meditation involves sitting in one spot for a certain period of time, so it is important to minimize any tension or tightness before you begin. Doing a couple of minutes of light stretching can really help to loosen you up and prepare both your body and mind for meditation. It will also prevent you from focusing on any sore spots instead of relaxing your mind.

Sit in a comfortable position. As stated above, it is very important that you are comfortable while you meditate, which is why finding the best position for you is essential. Traditionally, meditation is practiced by sitting on a cushion on the ground, in a lotus, or half-lotus position. Unless your legs, hips, and low back are very flexible, lotus postures tend to bow your low back and prevent you from balancing your torso around your spine. Choose a posture that allows you to be balanced tall and straight.

Follow your breathing. The most basic and universal of all meditation techniques, breathing meditation is a great place to start your practice. Pick a spot above your navel and focus on that spot with your mind. Become aware of the rising and falling of your abdomen as you breathe in and out. Don’t make a conscious effort to change your breathing patterns, just breathe normally.
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Concentrate on a simple visual object. In a similar way to using a mantra, you can use a simple visual object to fill your mind and allow you to reach a level of deeper consciousness. This is a form of open-eye meditation, which many people find easier when they have something to focus their gaze on.

Practice visualization. Visualization is another popular meditation technique, which involves creating a peaceful place in your mind and exploring it, until you reach a state of complete calm. The place can be anywhere you like – however, it should not be entirely real, it should be unique and personalized for you.

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For the purposes of the relaxation techniques on this site, here are the definitions I am using:

Visualization – visualizing something for relaxation or making positive changes. This may include visualizing a relaxing scene, visualizing healing occurring, visualizing the stages of a breath, or other mental images.

Guided imagery – the process of being guided through calming or helpful mental images. Includes following along with a description of a peaceful place or calming scene, healing process, or other guided images.

Meditation – focusing the mind for the purposes of relaxation or making positive changes.

Relaxation techniques usually involve all three of these processes.

The main differences between meditation, visualization and guided imagery:

– Visualization can be guided or unguided. You can visualize mental images all on your own, with or without a script.

– Guided imagery is directed, either by a written, video, or audio script.

– Meditation involves focusing the mind on passive observation or on making positive changes.

This is how fat in the body is broken down and rebuilt into chylomicrons, which enter the bloodstream by way of the lymphatic system.

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Chylomicrons do not last long in the bloodstream only about eight minutes because enzymes called lipoprotein lipases break the fats into fatty acids.
Lipoprotein lipases are found in the walls of blood vessels in fat tissue, muscle tissue and heart muscle.

Insulin

When you eat a candy bar or a meal, the presence of glucose, amino acids or fatty acids in the intestine stimulates the pancreas to secrete a hormone called insulin.
Insulin acts on many cells in your body, especially those in the liver, muscle and fat tissue.

Insulin tells the cells to do the following:

Absorb glucose, fatty acids and amino acids stop breaking down glucose, fatty acids and amino acids; glycogen into glucose; fats into fatty acids and glycerol; and proteins into amino acids
Start building glycogen from glucose; fats (triglycerides) from glycerol and fatty acids; and proteins from amino acids.

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Breaking Down Fat

When you are not eating, your body is not absorbing food. If your body is not absorbing food, there is little insulin in the blood.
However, your body is always using energy; and if you’re not absorbing food, this energy must come from internal stores of complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Under these conditions, various organs in your body secrete hormones:

pancreas – glucagon
pituitary gland – growth hormone
pituitary gland – ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)
adrenal gland – epinephrine (adrenaline)
thyroid gland – thyroid hormone
These hormones act on cells of the liver, muscle and fat tissue, and have the opposite effects of insulin.
When you are not eating, or you are exercising, your body must draw on its internal energy stores. Your body’s prime source of energy is glucose. In fact, some cells in your body, such as brain cells, can get energy only from glucose.

Losing Weight and Losing Fat

Your weight is determined by the rate at which you store energy from the food that you eat, and the rate at which you use that energy.
Remember that as your body breaks down fat, the number of fat cells remains the same; each fat cell simply gets smaller.

Most experts agree that the way to maintain a healthy weight is:

*Eat a balanced diet – appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, fat and protein do not eat excessively – for most people, a diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day is sufficient to maintain a healthy weight
*Exercise regularly

By Craig Freudenrich Ph,D

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Kale or borecole (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group) is a vegetable with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.
It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms.

The species Brassica oleracea contains a wide variety of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts.
The cultivar group Acephala also includes spring greens and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically. Pieris rapae is one of the most well known pests of the plant.

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Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium.
Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.

Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss.

Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.

Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. Steaming significantly increases these bile acid binding properties.

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