Mythology – Chamomile

Learn AboutChamomileMythology Chamomile is a well-known therapeutic plant, probably the most popular. Since ancient times it is known that the Germans had devoted to the god Balntour. The chamomile, which is collected on the day of John the Baptist, celebration of the god Balntour deemed to have particularly healing powers. The ancient Egyptians believed chamomile [...]

Mythology – Laurel

Learn AboutLaurelMythology Bay laurel trees are indigenous to the Mediterranean and parts of India and Africa. Used primarily as a flavoring herb in Greek cooking, bay leaves are used by Bedouins in parts of Saharan Africa to flavor their coffees. It has been cultivated as a shrub and tree since the time of Homer, the [...]

Mythology – Tilia Linden

Learn AboutTilia LindenMythology The name ‘’tilia’’ has its origin from the Greek word “τίλος’’ (tilos), which means fiber. The reason is that the bark of linden tree has them in large quantity. In Greek mythology, there is the tragic story of the nymph Philyra, who had been transformed by the gods in linden after birth [...]

Mythology – Basil

Learn AboutBasilMythology Hippocrates regarded basil as beneficial to the heart and prescribed it for treatment of constipation and as an anti-emetic (to prevent vomiting). Pliny suggested vinegar scented with basil would help prevent fainting. Dioscurides believed basil to be soothing for the stomach and abdomen, and useful as a diuretic and a galactagogue (e.g., an [...]

Mythology – Nettle

Learn AboutNettleMythology The Boy and the Nettle A boy playing in the fields was stung by a nettle. He ran home to his mother, telling her that he had touched that nasty weed and it had stung him. "It was just your touching it, my boy," said the mother, "that caused it to sting you; [...]

Mythology – Marjoram

Learn AboutMarjoramMythology Marjoram probably originated in Greece. Today, Egypt is the major exporter and it is cultivated worldwide. The name marjoram (Old French majorane, Medieval Latin majorana) does not directly derive from the Latin word maior (major). Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a [...]

Mythology – Spearmint

Learn AboutSpearmintMythology According to Greek mythology, Hades, ruler of the Underworld, fell in love with the nymph Minthi. Persephone, Hyades’s wife, became wildly jealous and began to trample Minthi. Hades rushed forward and transformed Minthi into a shrub to keep her near him always. Persephone was appeased, thinking that Minthi would be trampled for eternity [...]

Mythology – Rosemary

Learn AboutRosemaryMythology According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea, born of Uranus's semen. The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the [...]

Mythology – Clove

Learn AboutCloveMythology The word Clove is derived from the word "clou" which means nail. The clove trade between Ternate and China goes back at least 2500 years. Ancient Chinese used cloves in cooking, in the preparation of medicines, and as a deodorizing breath "mint" - anyone wishing to speak with the Emperor (e.g., 3rd century [...]

Mythology – Sage

Learn AboutSageMythology Ancient Greek physicians, such as Dioscurides and Hippocrates, were familiar with the medicinal and therapeutic qualities and applications of sage. Hippocrates (4th century BC) prescribed sage as a remedy for lung diseases and gynecological disorders. Dioscurides (1st century AD) used sage as a diuretic, to stop external bleeding, and to promote menstrual discharge. [...]