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Aromatic Dried Herbs
In Greece some of the
most important herbs are found growing wild on the mountainsides. They
are well-known for their aromatic and healing properties. For example,
Camomile, Mountain Tea or Tilio (infusion of lime leaves) Sage and
Basil are considered the best in the world.
Greek “father of medicine” employed them in his everyday practice. He
also listed some 400 herbs in common use during the 5th century BC, and
Dioscorides, during the 1st century AD, documented 600 plants which
became the basis for many later works.
Herbs were used for
the first time in food by the ancient Greeks. The texts and documents
which have remained in history, definitely confirm the knowledge and
multiple uses of numerous plants in ancient Greece.
discovered at Knossos, Mycenae, Pylos and Kos Island dating form the
13th and 14th century BC, mention among other food provisions a number
of aromatic herbs, spices, and plants. By this time the use of herbs
and spices in food was expanded to the rest of the known world, and
very soon it became necessary in food preparation.
Most Greek food is
quite healthy due to the wide range of herbs used in every dish. The
secret to a long life amongst the Greeks is based on herbs and olive
WE SELL -
(Basil) (Ocymum basilicum)
Apart from being a
beautifier with an exceptional aroma, Basil is also used as seasoning,
and for it’s healing properties in the form of tea after every meal.
Basil’s healing powers are attributed to its oil which is
calms stomach cramps. Also used as a tonic, diuretic, help for
dizziness and nervous migraine. Basil in the form of powder (like
tobacco) for the nose prevents colds and flu. It cures head-aches. Used
with wine it acts as a digestive tonic. Excellent for breast feeding
mothers. Basil with oil in a salad is good for constipation. It is also
an effective anti-septic and strengthens respiration. In ancient
Egypt it was used for treating snake bites and scorpion stings! Also
its leaves when crushed were applied to the painful parts of the body
for rheumatism. Basil's remedial affects are due to its content of
Rhymol, Eugenol and Camphor. Don't forget it's also a very tasty
seasoning used in many foods.
(Bay Leaves) (Laurus nobilis)
This beautiful tree
is well-known for its different uses mainly as a spice. However it also
has healing properties not so well-known. The seeds and leaves are
being used. It is a
tonic and relieves indigestion. The seeds together with other herbs is
used for rheumatism. The leaves in a powder form taken up the nose
stops a nose-bleed.
Humble in appearance,
but a giant in its healing properties, and usually with immediate
is a anti-convulsive and disinfectant. Used for stomach ailments,
colds, colic, rheumatism. Also a digestive tonic for stomach cramps. It
helps to prevent anorexia and constipation. A poultice from camomile
and its oil is a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism. Camomile
is well known for its large variety of healing properties and is being
used world wide.
The popular Diktamo
as a special warm drink with its aromatic healing properties can be
used for anti
convulsive, menstrual and tonic. Externally as a poultice on wounds and
bruises. Strengthens the heart muscles and arteries. Growing
only in Crete Island Greece. The locals called it also "eronda"
which means love for its aphrodisiac properties. Popular
in Minoan Crete and Ancient Greece, it was considered highly
therapeutic plant. Hippocrates recommended it for stomach and
digestive system diseases, rheumatism, arthritis and used it to
regulate menses, to tone and heal. It was named after the
mountain Dikty (Lassithiotika) where it teemed.
Greek levanda or
levender is famous for its smell but also for the healing properties.
Lavender infusions can be taken to combat headaches and
depressions. Also makes a good nerve tonic. Lavender stimulates and
cleanses the skin. Its vinegar is good for oily skin.
(Mint) (Menta Piterita)
It is one of the most
aromatic and pleasant tasting herbs with many healing properties. The
flowers and fresh leaves are used. Mint is a tonic, good for the
stomach, a digestive, and anti-convulsive. Strengthens the production
of the gallbladder and the function of the liver. Also helps prevent flu,
rheumatism and ailments of the bladder. Breastfeeding mothers
should not take mint as it stops milk production. Mint leaves,
as a poultice is
beneficial for burns. In a hot bath it is a antiseptic, tones the face
and good for the blood circulation. Mint oil is used for headaches, as
a digestive and as a poultice for dermatological problems.
A combination of the
most aromatic and pleasant tasting herbs. Simply add 1gr of Herbs to
100grs of boiling water. Remove from the heat and leave covered for
7-10 minutes. Filter the liquid and drink as a Tea. Sugar or Honey may
be added if required.
A combination of the
most aromatic and pleasant tasting herbs and Spices. Oregano, Thymbra,
Basil, Thyme, and Spearmint. Uses in most cooking for seasoning as
Herbs and Spices
(in hand-made jars)
containing twelve hand made clay jars woth: Diktamos (15gr), Origan
(50gr), Rosemary (50gr), Thyme (50gr), Sage (30gr), Camomille (30gr),
Cretan tea (20gr), Mint (50gr), salad mix (60gr), souvlaki mix(60gr),
stew mix (80 gr) and gyros mix (100gr). Total weight 2.750gr
Apart from being used
in practically every household as a herb in food and salads, Oreganum
also has many healing qualities, from being used to cure coughs, asthma,
memory loss, chronic rheumatism, toothache, stomach and intestine
disorders, diarrhoea, and externally on wounds.
Rosemary has many
healing properties. It
is good for stomach ailments, menstrual disorders, gallbladder, liver,
jaundice caused by hepatitis, as a antiseptic for wounds and also as a
anti-convulsive drug. It is also used for chronic catarrh in the lungs
and rheumatism. As a tonic for blood circulation. Excellent for nervous
head-aches. Young shoots in wine is a tonic for the heart. Washing hair
with rosemary improves hair growth. The flowers and leaves are good for
asthma, whooping cough, flu, and weakness. The list of its
healing properties are almost unlimited. If you add Rosemary to old
wine you will get a good heart tonic which will benefit anyone
suffering from low blood pressure or who is pale and weak. A glass of
"Rosemary wine" is a good pick-me-up for anyone recovering from a bout
of Flu or similar infectious diseases and will speed up their recovery.
The use of Sage is
very common in Greece. Also the foreigners call it the tea of Greece.
In the form of tea it has many healing qualities. It is good for colds,
rheumatism and fever. The Arabs has a saying :” How can a man
die, when he has Sage in his garden.” It is also regarded as a stimulant, tonic and
strengthener. Used for stomach disorders and intestines. Also used for
neurasthenia. It is a disinfectant, digestive, and in the form of a
gargle for an irritated throat. Good for the skin, face and hair.
Thyme from a
therapeutic point of view if an astringent, tonic and in general a
strengthener. It is popular because of its fine aroma and flavour. It
is used for a weak peptic system, chronic catarrh and spasms. As a
lotion it is used for scabies. It is also a antiseptic, soothes
bronchitis, whooping cough and in general a persistent cough. Also
relieves toothache. Thyme is effective to cure a lack of appetite and
diarrhoea. It has the ability to regenerate mouth bacteria using its
add 1gr of Herbs to 100grs of boiling water. Remove from the heat and
leave covered for 7-10 minutes. Filter the liquid and drink as a Tea.
Sugar or Honey may be added if required.
HOW IT NAMED IN GREEK (Use apropriate codding in
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Δενδρολίβανο= Rosmarinus officinalis
Δίκταμνο= Origanum dictamnus
Θυμάρι= Thymus vulgaris
Λεβάντα= Lavandula vera
Μαντζουράνα= Οriganum majorana
Μέντα= menta piperata
Σαμπούκος = Sambucus migra
Ταραξάκο= Taraxacum officinale
Τσουκνίδα = Urtica dioica
Τσάι του βουνού = “mountain tea”
Φασκόμηλο= Salvia officanalis
Χαμομήλι= Matricaria chamomilla