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Mythology – Roselle / Hibiscus

Learn AboutHibiscusMythology Aphrodite convinced Myrrha to commit incest with her father Theias. She became pregnant and after hearing this,Theias threatened to kill her. She hid in a forest where Aphrodite (regretting what she had let happen) turned her into a myrrh tree. Theias struck the tree with an arrow, where Adonis emerged and transformed into [...]

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 – Nutmeg

Learn AboutNutmegMythology First brought to Europe from the Banda Islands by Portuguese sailors in 1512, nutmeg gained the reputation of a cure-all and was widely eaten as a tonic. It was even taken erroneously to procure abortions and was claimed as a cure for the plague. Known as rou dou kou in China, it has [...]

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 – 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 – Rose Buds

Learn AboutRose BudsMythology Many legends exist about the rose. In a Greek myth, the rose was created by the goddess of flowers, Chloris. One day, she found the lifeless body of a nymph in the woods and she turned her into a flower. She called upon Aphrodite, goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of [...]

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 [...]

Mythology – Cistus / Rock Rose

Learn AboutCistus / Rock RoseMythology The legend says that a council was formed on Mount Olympus where the gods determined which plants will be therapeutic. The gods have designated that rockrose will heal warriors wounded in battle. That annoyed the goddesses, because they were confident that the plant with the delicate pink blossoms would be [...]