The myths behind
The herbs


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 – Great Mullein

Learn AboutGreat MulleinMythology According to Greek mythology, the gods gave to Odysseus a great mullein stalk to defend himself against the tricks of Circe, the witch who turned the companions of Odysseus into pigs by magic drink.

Mythology – Fenugreek

Learn AboutFenugreekMythology Used since ancient times in Egypt, Greece and Rome, fenugreek seeds were said to be almost a panacea (good for everything). Traditional uses included bronchial problems, tuberculosis, gout, general body pain, swollen glands, skin problems and low libido. Tutankhamen was entombed with seeds from this ancient spice. (Source:

Mythology – Coriander

Learn AboutCorianderMythology The ancient Hebrews used cilantro root as the bitter herb in the symbolic Passover meal. Coriander root was an ingredient in a love potion, an aphrodisiac, in China during the Han dynasty (207 BC-200 AC). Romans of antiquity used coriander with cumin and vinegar as a (rubbed into) meat preservative. (Source:

Mythology – Fliskouni Mint / Pennyroyal

Learn AboutPennyroyalMythology 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 – Black Cumin

Learn AboutBlack CuminMythology Black cumin seeds were a widely used condiment in Old World cuisine. The use of black cumin as a condiment is dated back to ancient Egypt, where seeds were found at the site of Tutankhamun's tomb and even further back into prehistory in Iron Age Jordan and ancient Mesopotamia. Wild forms of [...]

Mythology – Fennel Seeds

Learn AboutFennel SeedsMythology This herb has quite a lively history within Roman and Greek mythology and has been used throughout the ages for a large variety of purposes by these groups of people. The Ancient Greek people called the fennel plant “marathon”, which means "grow thin" and reflects the belief in its ability to suppress [...]

Mythology – Olive Tree Leaves

Learn AboutOlive Tree LeavesMythology According to mythology, the olive was brought to the Greeks by Athena who taught them how to cultivate it. The well-known dispute between Athena and Poseidon over the name of the city of Athens is a characteristic example. There was a sacred olive tree at the Acropolis, the first olive tree [...]