A plant 60 to 90 cm tall, with dark green aromatic leaves and small purple flowers.
The leaves and stalks of containing menthol, a volatile oil which is used therapeutically as seasoning in foods s leaves the plant as flavoring -and in cosmetology. The infusion of peppermint, widespread commercially, prepared from dried leaves of the plant, while popular is the tincture mint.
Menthol is particularly popular as a flavor enhancer in chewing gums and toothpastes, and as a tea soothes irritated stomach and helps treat indigestion. Because of sedative and anesthetic action used to combat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, pain menstruation and flatulence.
Native to Europe, melissa now cultivated all over the world not only as an aromatic plant but also for the needs of cosmetology and medicine. This is the same plant family with mint, not exceeding 60cm., With leaves perfume xinoglyka like lemons and white flowers that bloom in summer.
The balm available in various forms with the main dried leaves, the oil and the tincture and occurs in homeopathic medicine, but also in aromatherapy.
The balm is widely used as a sedative herb. References for this use of the already existing from the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, achieve calm sleep, improve appetite, reduce the pain and hardship of indigestion, including flatulence and colic.
One of the most popular herbs in Europe and Asia, belongs to the mint family and is widely cultivated in pots and beds. Mint surprise with dozens of uses in cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and the perfume industry .
The ancient Greeks rubbed him on the table before sit down to eat or used for the preparation of myrrh, Egyptians and Chinese attributed the multitude of therapeutic properties, and the mint tea is one of the most popular in the East.
A series of scientific studies converge on the view that the consumption of mint facing many unpleasant symptoms or health problems such as nausea, indigestion -as ideal choneftiko-, headaches, toothache, cramps and sore throat, while the external application in the form of ointment helps treat edemas.
Equally impressive are the results of the scientific research team of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine showing that antioxidants from mint and rosemary can help significantly improve cognitive function and memory.
The perennial shrub sage, with dense branches and a height of about 70 cm, silver gray fluffy leaves and purple flowers, is found everywhere in Greece and the use of 'friendly' nations with tradition herbs consumption, such as the Chinese, who consider senior and from their own tea. It is used to add flavor to many dishes of Greek cuisine, but mainly drunk for preventive and therapeutic purposes.
The sage decoction strengthens the immune system and attacking efficiency to dozens of health problems, such as high, the weakness of the stomach and nervous system, indigestion, colds, headache, sore throat and joint pain.Germany is approved for internal use in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorder, excessive sweating and inflammation in the oral mucosa and throat.
It also stated that helps the function of the pancreas and bile treat dysmenorrhea and is considered an excellent soothing, helping to treat nervousness and dizziness.
Extensive study in the United Kingdom in 1997 showed that the herb reduces hot flashes and night sweats, symptoms of menopause and menopause.
Durable and dear to people and bees with the contribution of collecting the most aromatic, stimulant and antiseptic honey.
In the Middle Ages, thyme was used for the treatment of respiratory diseases, and now the healing of the parts, leaves and flower tops are used for crowd problems. Treats gynecological fungal infections, relieves fever, helps treat gingivitis and halitosis -plyseis with infusion or decoction of thyme -kataprafnei cough syrup to form and fight diseases affecting the oropharyngeal cavity.
E lso helps manage crises irritable bowel, while the antioxidant action boosts the immune and nervous system helping even anxiety attacks or bouts of depression and insomnia.
Musky plant native to warm climates, oregano reaches a height of 60m., With leaves in pairs and small white or purple flowers.
Its use is widespread in Greek and Italian cuisine. It has antiseptic properties and is ideal for stomach disorders and respiratory diseases. It has strong antioxidant activity due to its high phenol content.
The essential oil of oregano is rich in elements which act therapeutically in humans, it achieves the highest antioxidant protection as an infusion with hot water.
In traditional "medicine", the gargling with oregano decoction effectively treat inflammation of the tonsils, and if added to bathwater stimulates and rejuvenates.
This evergreen shrub with nice aroma and distinctive flavor, slightly bitter.
Gathers remarkably large number of properties, such as anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, diuretic and antibacterial, and has been widely used as a painkiller for headaches, migraines, myalgias and neuralgia and for the treatment of indigestion. The strong antioxidant effect, due to rosmarinic acid, which prevents cell damage by free radicals.
The essential oil of rosemary in combination with other oils or herbs, such as thyme and lavender referred to improve hair growth in people with alopecia.
The "mountain tea" comes from the plant Sideritis spp or otherwise siderite Dioscorides, called that got its name from the Greek word "iron" thanks to its healing effect on wounds caused by iron weapons. Crete is known as "malotira", the Italian word «male» (illness) and "tirare" (drag), because it was considered a panacea for respiratory diseases and colds.
Traditionally in Greece mountain tea much preferred for its beneficial effects on colds and inflammation of the upper respiratory system and to combat indigestion and gastrointestinal disorders, and is considered antispasmodic, analgesic and healing. The traditional uses of these confirmed scientifically. It has been found that the mountain tea contains a number of ingredients, with the main flavonoids, diterpenes, the phenylpropane, the iridoids and monoterpenes. Many modern studies indeed confirmed the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic effect of these substances.
Also found to have anxiolytic activity, even without the side effects typically observed in other anxiolytic we get from plant species.
The essential oil of mountain tea and especially that of malotiras are particularly active antimicrobial due to its content of carvacrol.
Studies have shown it helps prevent osteoporosis, as it protects against the loss of bone density and enhances the mechanical strength of bone.