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Greek Mountain Tea: Medicine and Elixir since the Ancient Times

Cretan mountain tea (Malotira), or sideritis, has been used since the ancient times as medicine, a  refreshment, a memory and energy booster, and is one of Greece’s most recognizable and popular herbs.

Ancient Greeks called it sideritis, meaning ‘that which contains iron’. They used it as medicine since it is perfect for sore throat or the common cold. Theophrastus (372-287 BC) who is considered to be the father of botany, wrote that sideritis was so named because of its property to...

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Herbs In Crete - Cretan Dictamnus

And yes Autumn is already here, but in Crete still the sun is shining and we do enjoy warm, bright, great days.

After the long dry summer Cretan nature doesn’t have much of a variety of flowers and herbs.

But there is one famous plant still flowering in Autumn: Cretan dittany or Diktamos or Erontas has been famous since antiquity for its almost magical healing properties. It is an endemic herb of Crete and grows in cliffs at altitudes ranging from sea level to the mountains and...

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The Wild Herbs Of Crete

The journey over the steep and narrow mountain roads of Crete to arrive in the mountainous Kallikratis Plateau at The Wild Herbs of Crete can be daunting for anyone, especially a city dweller from the United States. I was driven there from near Frangokastello on roads rising to heights 980 meters or more above flat land on what was mainly a single lane. My Cretan friends who drove me to Kallikratis chatted all the way, oblivious to the fact that I was not speaking because I was holding...