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Mythology – Olympus Mountain Tea / Sideritis scardica

Learn AboutOlympus Mountain TeaMythology In Greece it is known since antiquity and is first mentioned by Theophrastus and Dioscorides. The scientific name Siderites comes from the Greek word “σίδηρος” (sidiros) meaning iron and was given to the plant because of its ability to heal the wounds caused by iron objects. According to others it was [...]

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: www.anniesremedy.com)

Mythology – Lemon Balm

Learn AboutLemon BalmMythology Lemon Balm has a long history, dating back to ancient Turkey where it was planted near bee hives to encourage the bees to return to the hive rather than swarm away. Furthermore, it was planted and used by the beekeepers of the Temple of Artemis to help keep the sacred honeybees content. [...]

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 [...]

Mythology – Cinnamon

Learn AboutCinnamonMythology References to cinnamon can be found in the Bible and on Egyptian papyri, not to mention in Shennong’s legendary 5000-year-old herbalist. Shennong was a mythical Chinese emperor and hero of Chinese mythology. His name means “Divine Farmer” as, according to tradition, he taught the people to cultivate many plants. He was also 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 – Lavender

Learn AboutLavenderMythology The myth says that the lavender had no smell until the moment when the Virgin Mary spread her swaddling clothes of the infant Jesus on a lavender bush. By miracle, when moved from the bush, lavender got a heady aroma. Since then, Mary was washing the swaddling clothes of Jesus Christ in water [...]

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 [...]