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Mythology – Marshmallow

Learn AboutMarshmallowMythology Althaea was, in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Thestius and Eurythemis and was sister to Leda, Hypermnestra, Iphiclus and Euippus. She was also the wife of Oeneus, king of Calydon, and mother of five sons, Meleager, Melanippe (one of the Meleagrids), Toxeus, Thyreus and Clymenus and two daughters, Deianeira and Gorge. According [...]

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: www.about.com/food)

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 – Dill

Learn AboutDillMythology In ancient Greece, dill was used as an add-in in wines, which they were called "anithitesoinos" (wine with anithos-dill). Moreover, fragrance was made from its leaves. Also, the winners in athletic competitions were given a dill wreath, while it was common for the athletes to spread essence of dill all over their body, [...]

Mythology – Hyssop

Learn AboutHyssopMythology According to the Bible, ~Leviticus 14:49-56~ it was used to treat Leprosy. Because of its strong camphor-like odor, it was used as a cleansing herb. Moses used this herb as his secret weapon to free and protect his people from all harm. Solomon in his songs and proverbs praised the Hyssop that ~springeth [...]

Mythology – Corinthian Black Raisins

Learn AboutCorinthian Black RaisinsMythology The oldest known evidence regarding the cultivation of zante currant in Greece goes back to the 14th century A.D., but it is certain that from the ancient times people dried grapes to make raisins (currants). “Σταφίδες (stafides), ασταφίδες (astafides) or σταφυλίδες (stafylides)” are the names for currants or raisins mentioned in [...]

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 – Thyme

Learn AboutThymeMythology Gaius Plinius Secundus, (ca. 23 - 79 A.C.E.), better known as Pliny the Elder, said that when thyme is burned, it "puts to flight all venomous creatures." In mythical folklore, thyme flowers were full of perfume and nectar for the bees, traditionally the messengers of the fairies world. The bower of the Fairy [...]