Greek oregano is a self-grown aromatic plant that grows mostly on mountains and rocky areas. Its name comes from tha ancient word 'ὀρίγανον' (origanon), a combination of the word 'όρος' (mountain) and the verb 'γανοῦσθαι' (love), stating oreganos' love for the higher altitutes of the Mediterranean mountains.
In ancient Greece oregano was a symbol of joy and happiness and made wreaths for wedding ceremonies with its branches.
Oregano's quality is determined mostly by the porpotion of the essential oil within it. It is a fact that oregano that is found at the highest altitudes of the Mediterannean, had the highest amounts of essential oil, and for that reason greek oregano is considered one of the best in the world.
Lemon Verbena is an extremely aromatic herb with healing action and an intense smell of lemon. Greek lemon verbena is widely known for its high quality, the strong smell and its clean taste, thanks to the excellent climate and soil conditions of Greece.
It is widely known as a perfect healing material for the stomach and the digestive tract. It is also thought to help lipolysis and cellulite fighting because of its intense diuretic action.
According to an ancient myth, mint took its name from Minthy Nymphae, who was trasnformed to a plant from Persephone, the daughter of Godess Demetria, as a punishment for lying with her husband and God of the Underworld (Hades), Plouton.
Ancient Greeks used to rub the mint leaves on the table, while Galinos and Ippokratis used to use it against dyspepsia, vertigo and nerve disorders.
Mint is one of the most aromatic herbs in the world and is widely used as a cooking spice, as a beverage and essential oil.
Mint is thought to have a strong healing action for the stomach and the digestive tract and is also known as a tonic drink against common cold and its antiseptic and antifungal characteristics.
In Greece, mountain tea is known from ancient times and is metioned by Theofrastos (378-287 b.C.) and Dioskouridis (10th century).
Its scientific name (sideritis) comes from the greek word 'sidiros' (iron), as a result of its ability to heal wounds that came from the iron weapons of that time. A second version claims that its name come from the plant's high concentration in iron, while a third one claims that the name originates from the tea's leaves themselves, as they resemple the teeth found on the edge of a sword.
In Crete it is also known as 'malotira', a name that probably comes from the italian words 'male' (disease) and 'triare' (drag), because in Venetian Crete it was used as a panacea against cold diseases and breathing disorders.
Greek mountain tea (sideritis) is especially popular since ancient times for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Having healing and aromatic characteristics, it is a perfect choice for relaxing and an ideal ally against common cold.