#SmellGreece, Heal by Herbs. Follow #Hippocrates https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/ #SmellGreece, Heal by Herbs. Follow #Hippocrates Basil , the Royal The word comes from the Greek, basileus, meaning king, and is said to have first grown on the original cross of Christ. Even though it represented hatred to the ancient Greeks, they placed it in the hands of the dead to endure them a safe journey to the afterlife, and to make sure the gates of heaven opened for them. A practice was to hang basil on a door, or by an entrance, to bring good luck and wealth. Only in the last century has basil become popular in Greek cuisine. Basil has a rich, spicy flavour, and is always added at the last minute in cooking, to retain all its taste. Basil, full of vitamins, and an antioxidant, enhances the taste of tomatoes perfectly, in fact, it is said; ?Basil and tomatoes are best friends?! You will find them in their simple vase in every flower shop, fresh market , also in the streets, and its a perfect idea to buy in summer for your hotel room , since it wards off mosquiots! https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203829066 203829066 Sage for Immortality Ancient Greeks believed Sage warded off death and brought about immortality, or, a long and healthy life. Greek physicians praised it so much, that it inspired the Romans to name it salvia, meaning; saving lives. Sage is thought to lower cholesterol, enhance memory and sooth skin irritations and inflammation. It?s quite a strong-tasting, pungent herb, and is used primarily with mild, bland tasting foods. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203829002 203829002 the "humble" Chamomile In Greek the word chamomile means apple of the ground, so called for its fresh apple scent and its low-growing nature. Hippocrates was the first to mention chamomile and recommended it for purification, protection and to fight colds. Chamomile tea is well known for its properties as a sedative, a relaxant, as an aid for sleep and for stomach disorders. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203829005 203829005 Oregano for Good Luck, Trikala hills Oregano is maybe the most commonly used herb in Greek Cuisine, in soups, stews, with meat and fish, and of course, no Greek ?Horiatiki? salad worth its salt, is without oregano. In Ancient Greece, it was believed to encourage good luck and good health and symbolise joy. Oregano was planted near homes to ward off evil spirits and when worn on the head during sleep, encouraged psychic dreams. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828813 203828813 Marjoram (Mantsourana) for Peace and Happiness Marjoram is a close relative of oregano, with a slightly more delicate flavour, but with similar uses, in soups, stews meat and fish and sprinkled on salads. In ancient times, marjoram was placed on graves, to help fill the final resting place with eternal happiness and peace. A symbol of happiness and love, it was made into wreaths, and given to newly married couples to ensure happiness and love. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828820 203828820 Dill, find it also in Greek Tzatziki 3. Dill (Anithos) Dill is used in fresh green salads, and in spanokopita, (spinach pie), its main use in ancient times though, was medicinal. It was popular as a wound healer and for burns and was said to promote sleep, if placed over the eyes before going to bed. Dill was made into crowns, at victory celebrations, for returning heroes. Dill was also used in ancient times to flavour wine. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828825 203828825 Fennel (Maratho), find it on earth of Marathon and not only Fennel is similar to dill in looks but the taste is very different, with a distinct anise flavour. Today it is used to flavour savoury foods. The Greek name for fennel is marathon, taken from the place name Marathon, where the Greeks defeated the Persians (49BC), the battle is said to have taken place in a field covered with fennel. Ancient Greeks believed fennel promoted endurance and longevity. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828828 203828828 Mint was a Nymph before becoming herb, did you know? A Greek myth has mint being named after Minthe, a water nymph, who drew the attention of Hades, God of the Underworld, when Persephone, his wife learnt of this, she turned Minthe into a herb. Mint is excellent, in the form of tea, for indigestion, nerve disorders, dizziness, sore throats, coughs, headaches and insomnia. Mint is used in many Greek dishes; Greek mint is of a superior quality, both aroma and flavour, owing to the rich soil and the warm temperatures of Greece. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828830 203828830 Rosemary, just all around the neighborhoods The latin word for rosemary, rosemarinus, means ?Dew of the sea? as it is said the plant emerged, alongside Aphrodite (Venus) when she rose up from the sea. Ancient Greek students wore wreaths of rosemary, to aid memory. A member of the mint family, rosemary is thought to be an antiseptic, to purify blood Mint is beneficial for asthma and breathing problems, as well as relieving headaches and indigestion. Rosemary goes particularly well with roast meat, especially lamb. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828911 203828911 Greek Mountain Tea - Shepherd's Tea - Sideritis Herbal Tea Ironwort The name is derived from the word iron, (Sideron), and in ancient time was used to heal wounds caused by iron weapons, such as arrows and swords. Hippocrates prescribed it as a tonic; it is one of the most popular herbal teas in Greece. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828949 203828949 Thyme fro courage Thyme, in Ancient Greece was as a source of courage, and was used as incense and infusions for bathing, and, to flavour liqueurs and cheese. Placed beneath a pillow, in sachets, it was said to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. Women gave it to warriors before they headed off into battle; it was placed on coffins to ensure a safe passage into the afterlife. Thyme is one of the few herbs which will retain all its flavour when dried, and is one of the herbs used in Bouquet Garni, a bundle of herbs, tied together and used to flavour savoury dishes. Oil of thyme is an effective mouthwash and antiseptic. As a tea, it helps coughs and bronchitis. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203829034 203829034 Ancient Greeks associated parsley with death, it was supposed to have sprung from the blood of Archemorous, whose name meant, forerunner of death. It was never used in Ancient Greek cuisine. Nowadays it is used by Greek Orthodox Tradition in the preparation of Koliva, the Orthodox Memorial service, performed at various intervals after a death and on special occasions, such as the Saturday of Souls (ψυχοσάββατο) and funerals. The botanical name is petroselinum, the Greek word for stone, as it grows on rocky hillsides. Early Greeks made crowns from parsley, for the victors of the Nemean and Isthmian games. Very little doesn?t benefit from parsley, sauces, stews, cheese, fish, and of course, as a garnish. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203829054 203829054 15th December 2016: Flowering Herbs of the Greek earth Six stamps depicting Greek Herbs. They are Cistus creticus (?0,20), Origanum dicatmus (?0,40), Hypericum empetrifolium (?0,50), Sideritis clandestina (?0,72), Origanum vulgare (?1,00) and Salvia fruticosa (?2,62). The stamp with the ?2,62 value has the smell of Sage! They were printed in sheets of 25 stamps. https://www.greek2m.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203828810 203828810