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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 – Wild Thyme from Lemnos Island

Learn AboutWild ThymeMythology 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 [...]

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 – Yarrow

Learn AboutYarrowMythology Yarrow derived its Latin name (Achillea) from the Greek hero Achilles, the son the Sea-Goddess Thetis and the mortal King Peleus. Thetis, attempting to make her son invulnerable, dipped him into the river Styx. But afraid to let the infant go completely, his ankles remained vulnerable where his mother had held him, the [...]

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. [...]

Mythology – Oregano

Learn AboutOreganoMythology Greek hillsides covered with summer's growth of wild oregano in bloom are a fantastic excursion for eyes, feet, and nose! Historically, as the name implies, Greek oregano originates on the mountain slopes of Greece. The name "oregano" means "joy of the mountain" and has its origins in the ancient Greek "όρος" (oros) meaning [...]

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 – 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 [...]