What’s the most inspiring part of living in a small Greek village? Watching the elders work in their gardens each morning and seeing them forage for herbs to prepare their daily cuisine. Botanical studies have even shown that this island has one of the most interesting eco-systems in Europe, rich with indigenous plants.
It's one of the most common herbs of Crete, with an excellent fragrance. It blooms in May and June, producing purple-blue flowers.
It has been known since the antiquity for its toning properties.
In the past, the Cretan used as a tea against headaches and migraines.
Experts believe that its regular use is ideal against hair loss. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and a strong blood circulation stimulator. It also used against insomnia.
It's collected from April to June, dried and used all year round. In Crete you can find it everywhere!
It is considered to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and soothing properties. It is also used as an antiseptic.
I love to add chamomile to my evening tea, relax, and read a great book.
It blooms in June and July and has large blue flowers. Thyme honey is regarded as the finest. Thyme has antiseptic, diuretic, anti-parasitic and antipyretic properties.
Its essential oil is used, among others, in toothpastes. In cooking, thyme is used as a flavoring.
Try infusing thyme with a hint grapefruit juice and honey into sparkling water.
Used as an appetizer, antiseptic, sedative and also for toothaches. The essential oils have been used widely in perfumery.
To aid with digestion, mash a couple of leaves along with a slice of ginger into your water and drink!