In Greek, the word “oregano” means “joy of the mountain.” Oregano has tiny, but pungent leaves and is regarded as a very strong herb. When dried, the leaves are considered to be even more pungent. Oregano is widely used in Italian and Greek cooking.
Sage tea is a popular drink on Crete and is said to ease menopause related ailments Ancient Greek physicians, such as Dioscurides and Hippocrates, were very familiar with the medicinal and therapeutic qualities and applications of sage. Folk medicine in many parts of the world also consider Sage as a “cure all” medicine.
Said to symbolize love and to be an aphrodisiac, only the most ardent young lovers scrambled on mountainsides and the deep gorges of Crete gathering bunches of the pink blooms to present as love tokens. In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed plant cures to aid all manner of ailments, and considered dittany of Crete useful for stomach aches and complaints of the digestive system and as a poultice for healing wounds, as well as inducing menstruation
Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb that has been used for cooking and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The warm, spicy scent of rosemary complements many types of dishes, including drinks and desserts
Thyme is perfect for enhancing the flavour of olive oil, butter, vinegar, meats, poultry, fish, soups and stews. Used also for salads and cooked vegetable dishes, Thyme adds a super seasoning. In mythical folklore, thyme flowers were full of perfume and nectar for the bees, traditionally the messengers of the fairy world. Thyme honey is very popular here on the island of Crete.
Mountain tea is also known as sideritis ,ironwort and shepherd’s tea. IN the Ancient Greece has been traditionally used to aid digestion, strengthen the immune system and suppress common cold, the flu and other viruses, allergies and shortness of breath, sinus congestion, even pain and mild anxiety.