March News

Dear friends,

Spring is upon us and the plants in the botanical park are waking up from their winter slumber. The bay laurels and hawthorn trees are blossoming and the herbs are putting out new growth. We are busy planting our new baby calendula, yarrow and lavender. Spring is our favourite season, the eternal cycle of new life, growth and abundance has started again.

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Αγαπητοί φίλοι
ήρθε η άνοιξη και τα φυτά στο βοτανικό πάρκο ξύπνησαν από την χειμερία νάρκη.
Οι δάφνες και οι μοσφιλιές ανθίζουν και τα βότανα άρχισαν να βάλουν νέους βλαστούς.

Αυτές τις μέρες φυτεύουμε τα νέα μας σπορόφυτα όπως καλεντούλα, αχίλλεια και λεβάντα. Η άνοιξη είναι η αγαπημένη μας εποχή.
Ξεκινάει ο νέος κύκλος της ζωής, της ανάπτυξης και της αφθονίας στην φύση.

 

 

March is also the month in which we are hosting one of our major family events of the year. On Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of March the Second Cyprus Fairy Folk Fest will be held. We are very excited about this, as this year’s event will be bigger and with brand new activities.

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Αυτόν τον μήνα διοργανώνουμε μια από τις πιο μεγάλες μας οικογενειακές εκδηλώσεις: το Σάββατο 26 και τη Κυριακή 27 Μαρτίου θα γίνει το Δεύτερο Φεστιβάλ Νεράιδων στο πάρκο μας. Είμαστε πολύ ενθουσιασμένοι γι’ αυτό! Μικροί και μεγάλοι μπορουν να ζήσουν μια μέρα στον κόσμο της φαντασίας και της περιπέτειας.

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Some dates for your diary: On Saturday the 30th of April and Monday the 2nd of May we will hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the maze and other fun games.
Are you a teacher or kids club leader? Groups, clubs and schools can book an Easter Egg Hunt any day throughout April. Please contact us for details.

Also, please note that the annual Lavender Fest will take place this year from June 11th till 26th. Our latest feature, a Lavender Labyrinth will be opened during the Fest! Here you will be able to enjoy a relaxing meditation walk brushing against the lavenders..

Όπως κάθε χρόνο έτσι και φέτος διοργανώνουμε το παραδοσιακό Κυνήγι Αυγών στον Λαβύρινθο και άλλα Πασχαλινά παιχνίδια, το Σάββατο 30 Απριλίου και τη Δευτέρα του Πάσχα 2 Μαϊου.
Είστε εκπαιδευτικός ή έχετε παιδική λέσχη ή φροντιστήριο; Για οργανωμένα σύνολα προσφέρουμε Κυνήγι Αυγών καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια του μήνα. Επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας για κρατήσεις.

Τέλος, σας ενημερώνουμε ότι το ετήσιο Φεστιβάλ Λεβάντας θα γίνει για 5η φορά στο βοτανικό πάρκο, από τις 11 μέχρι και τις 26 Ιουνίου. Θα εγκαινιαστεί τότε και ο νεοφυτεμένος Λαβύρινθος από Λεβάντα, όπου θα μπορέσετε να κάνετε ένα χαλαρωτικό περίπατο διαλογισμού ανάμεσα στις αρωματικές λεβάντας…

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We hope to welcome you soon in the herb gardens!
Until then,
Green blessings,

Miranda

 

Spring Splendour

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Spring is the season of renewal, with nature discarding the cloak of winter decay and putting on its colourful garments of fragrant new growth. The fields are green and abundant with wild herbs and flowers, most of which can be used as food or as medicine. What a wonderfully abundant part of the world is our precious island, giving us all we need for health and wellbeing. As soon as the citrus trees have been harvested of their delicious fruit, they start to come into flower, spreading their amazing aroma all over the countryside. Bees love orange blossom and make a fantastic honey from its pollen, but the delicate white flowers of the bitter orange tree (citrus aurantium) also produce a highly aromatic essential oil: neroli. This is the oil the famous Eau de Cologne was made of. It is still a component in many expensive perfumes. The essential oil has many healing properties and is a favourite in aromatherapy treatments. The intoxicating aroma is a powerful antidepressant, aphrodisiac, tonic, digestive and cytophylactic, promoting the generation of new cells, which makes it a useful ingredient in anti-aging products.

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is another bright example of a spring herb which does wonders for the skin, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids. The bright yellow flowers, once dried, are infused in almond oil for a month, extracting all the soothing and healing properties of the plant. This precious golden oil can then be used as is or made into salve, healing all kinds of skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns, wounds and scars, as well as inflammations and fungal infections. I have seen amazing results with calendula clearing up nasty rashes in just a few days. Used over time, it also reduces scars. The dried flowers make an excellent anti-inflammatory tea, which is soothing to the stomach, effectively fights internal fungal and viral infections and also relieves menstrual cramps. The fresh petals can be added to salads, butter or cakes.

The ultimate queen of spring flowers is undoubtedly the wild rose, Rosa Damascena. Rose yields one of the most exquisite and expensive essential oils. The oil is produced by steam distillation and is used in perfumery, cosmetics and aromatherapy. Vast quantities of freshly picked flowers are necessary for even a small quantity of oil, as many as sixty thousand roses make one ounce, which means sixty roses make just one drop! Feminine and sensual, the aroma is truly breathtaking and lifts the spirits. It is rich in antioxidants and has an anti-aging effect on the skin, as it stimulates new cell growth and restores moisture balance. The dried flowers can be brewed as a relaxing and uplifting tea. Rose water, which is often used in confectionary, is also an excellent skin tonic. The village of Agros in Cyprus is known for its production of rose products and hosts an annual Rose Festival in early May, which is well worth a visit.

By Miranda Tringis, Herbalist.

Eat the Weeds!

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Now the fields are green and the Cyprus countryside is full of them: wild edible plants. Weeds, that is, although that word is rather derogatory, as most wild plants are edible and they are a powerhouse of health! In fact, the Cyprus countryside these months is a free organic vegetable market! Mallow, white mustard, nettles, wild lettuce, even asparagus, grow all over the place, ready for picking. These wild greens are most delicious to eat, and a real boost to our health.  Take mallows for instance, these are the plants with the big round leaves that grow on just about every roadside. Of course, it’s best not to pick plants next to the road but go a bit further into the fields to pick clean, uncontaminated plants. In Cyprus mallow is mainly eaten boiled with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing. The water in which it was boiled is an excellent herbal drink to soothe the throat. The boiled plant can be used in pies, egg dishes and soups. Mallow has anti-inflammatory, astringent, laxative and diuretic properties. Mallow is one of the most soothing herbs we can find in Cyprus. Tea made from the dry leaves, stems and flowers are an excellent remedy for dry cough, stomach ulcers, inflammation and constipation.

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Wild asparagus is another delectable delicacy. It takes a little skill to spot them in the spiny bush that protects them, but that’s all part of the fun when it comes to foraging wild foods. The asparagus are the young shoots of the plant, they contain vitamin A, B and C and are very rich in minerals. Medicinally wild asparagus is a powerful diuretic, its consumption helps in prostate enlargement, urinary problems, kidney stones, gout, arthritis and rheumatism.  Asparagus also helps to lower blood pressure, stimulates and nourishes the liver and pancreas and helps in fluid retention. Furthermore, it lowers blood sugar levels, kills parasites  and soothes the intestines. It increases milk flow in breastfeeding women. The seeds of the plant are helpful in male impotence. Do not eat asparagus if you have inflammation in the urinary system, because it will likely worsen the pain. A traditional way to eat wild asparagus is fried with spring onions and egg. The shoots soften and are less bitter if you put them in a bowl of boiling water with salt for 2 minutes before frying.

White mustard plant is another health booster we can find literally everywhere, with its beautiful yellow flowers. You should only pick the young shoots and tender leaves, with the flower still in bud. Traditionally in Cyprus this plant is eaten boiled, served with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing, but you can add the leaves to egg dishes, make a veggie lasagne or add the young leaves to a salad. The plant is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and an ideal winter food, as it has a warming effect on the body and  has expectorant properties, making it an ideal healing food in coughs and colds. It also ‘cleanses the blood’ and should be an integral part of a winter detox diet. It gives energy and nourishes the entire body.

Stinging nettle really is one of the most nutritious and medicinal plants. Nettle is very rich in minerals , especially iron, and is the best natural iron supplement, as all of it gets absorbed by the body. It also contains vitamin A, C and K. to use nettle in cooking we pick only the young tender shoots. Nettle makes an excellent soup, as all the healing properties stay preserved. At Cyherbia we serve soup made with all 3 of the above wild greens, it has become a favourite with visitors. Tea made from nettle relieves a number of health problems such as arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, kidney stones, laryngitis, prostate enlargement and seasonal allergies, as the plant contains natural antihistamines. Externally it is a remedy against hair loss, oily hair and dandruff. In Germany today stinging nettle is sold as an herbal medicine for prostate diseases and as a diuretic. It is a common ingredient in other herbal medicines for rheumatic complaints and inflammatory conditions (especially for the lower urinary tract and prostate) The leaf is used as a diuretic, for arthritis, prostatitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and allergic rhinitis.

With all these benefits, why not take a walk in the fields today and forage your dinner!

By Miranda Tringis, Herbalist.

Winter Herbs for Immunity

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As the days and nights turn colder even in Cyprus, we may find ourselves and our children coming down with the sniffles, there’s nothing like a warming cup of herbal tea to keep winter chills at bay. There are numerous wild herbs growing on the island to help us combat colds and many other common ailments too. These precious gifts of Nature help us to boost our immunity and keep us strong and healthy. Traditionally in Cyprus one of the main herbs to turn to in winter is Sage (Salvia Officinalis). Sage has a pungent and bitter flavour, the endemic Cyprus sage of the mountains Salvia Fruticosa much more so than the cultivated Salvia Officinalis.

Sage is a powerful warming and drying herb, very helpful in clearing up phlegm and catarrh, is anti-microbial, decongestant and antiviral, making it a perfect remedy for colds with lots of phlegm.

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Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) is another local herb with powerful antiviral, expectorant and antimicrobial action. A tea made from the leaves gives immediate relief from a persistent cough.

You can combine these herbs and make a soothing tea by putting one teaspoon of dried herbs per cup into a teapot, then pour boiling water over them and let the herbs infuse for ten minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey if you wish.

In order to combat dry, persistent coughs we need to turn to other green allies, such as peppermint, licorice root or marshmallow root. These herbs moisten the respiratory tract and soothe the dry irritation, and help to expel any mucus too. Roots and bark should be boiled in a saucepan with water for five to ten minutes in order to release their therapeutic properties. Then strain the herbs and enjoy your healing tea. Licorice root is very sweet of itself so you probably won’t want to add any honey or sugar.

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The Cyprus countryside offers us various wild berries too, which are full of vitamins, especially vitamin C, antioxidants and flavonoids.

When we go on a hiking trip in the mountains we can find blackberries (Rubus Sanctus), elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) and rosehips (Rosa Canina) in great abundance.  These are rich in compounds that disarm viruses and prevent them from taking over healthy cells. We can make a syrup from each of these and take a few teaspoonfuls daily to boost our immunity or to hasten our recovery from a cold. The taste and quality of homemade healthy syrups greatly surpasses any store-bought one and it is a pleasant and easy job to do at home.

Here’s how:

Place one cup of fresh elderberries or rosehips and three cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for thirty minutes. Mash the berries to release any remaining juice. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth. When the liquid has cooled down to room temperature, gently stir in one cup of raw honey and mix thoroughly.

Enjoy the wonderful and delicious gifts of Nature in Cyprus!

By Miranda Tringis, Herbalist.

Herbs for Health

Did you know that Cyprus has a very rich history in the use of herbs to promote health, well being and prevention of illnesses?

In the first century AD, Pliny the Elder, the famous Roman historian and scientist, wrote: ‘The herbs of Cyprus are the best of the Roman Empire.’ The climate and soil conditions here are ideal for herbs to grow and to have the highest yield of essential oils. More than 400 different aromatic and medicinal plants are known to grow on the island.

Ancient texts written by Cypriot herbalists during the Roman empire, and later, during Byzantine times, have been tested on their validity by modern scientists and the results have been astounding. Plant medicine works. Our bodies respond to herbs and plants naturally. In our time many people are returning to natural ways of dealing with health issues, as chemical medicines carry a number of undesirable side effects and weaken the immune system, whereas herbs have few or no side effects,  enhance and strengthen the immune system,  and are gentler on the body. Herbs come with what I like to call ‘bonus effects’!

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For instance, we may take a herbal tea or extract of Nettle leaf to lower our blood pressure and at the same time this herb strengthens the heart, improves circulation, offers valuable vitamins and minerals, improves our energy levels, cleanses the liver and gall bladder, supports the adrenals and immune system and reduces inflammation as well. The overall benefit of a herbal remedy is always in more than just one area of the body. This is the beauty of herbalism.

Because of the gentle action of herbs, it is sometimes necessary to take a certain remedy for a longer period of time, as the body slowly responds to nature’s help. Chronic conditions for instance, didn’t develop from one day to the next and also can’t be remedied fast. But common health issues such as colds and flu, stomach pains, menstrual problems or constipation, to name but a few, can be quickly and effectively dealt with using the wonderful herbs of Cyprus.

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Drinking herbal teas on a daily basis is one of the best ways to prevent illnesses. Many people who visited the herb garden in Avgorou discovered during their visit how delicious herbal tea can be, especially iced tea sweetened with stevia leaf! Herbal ice tea is much more refreshing than any cold drink, contains no calories and your body will be grateful for it. Why not take a trip to Cyherbia and try for yourself?

By Miranda Tringis, herbalist.

 

Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena (Lippia Citriodora, Aloysia Triphylla) Family: Verbenaceae Genus: Aloysia

More lemony than lemon itself, lemon verbena is one of the most fragrant and uplifting herbs nature has given us. It is one of the most popular herbal teas because of its fresh aroma and pleasant flavour. To make tea we use the leaves and flowers. It is a native of South America but has travelled much and is now cultivated around the world.

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Lemon verbena’s constituents are: cineole, acetic-acid, alpha-citral, alpha-pinene , alpha-terpinene, borneol, geraniol,limonene, tannin, terpinen-4-ol , caryophyllene

Its medicinal properties are: antispasmodic, aromatic and carminative. It is therefore very useful in nausea, stomach pains and upsets, indigestion, diarrhoea, spasms of the colon and bloating. Lemon verbena boosts the metabolism, making it a useful ally in weight loss efforts!

The antioxidants in Lemon verbena make the tea and the extract useful for joint health, for healthy glowing skin and a strong immune system. A proven expectorant, this herb is breaks up congestion in coughs and colds. The tea also reduces fevers.

Lemon Verbena is wonderfully relaxing and de-stressing and helps to relieve nervous tension and headaches. It strengthens the nervous system and relieves anxiety, vertigo, stress and mild depression. It also increases the availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, which improves our mood and makes us feel happy and content. This is why Lemon Verbena is also called the Happy Herb!

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Lemon Verbena is an excellent diuretic, useful in water retention and helps in kidney stones, especially in combination with nettle and plantain.

Lemon verbena lends itself wonderfully to a variety of herb mixes and it can therefore be used to mask more unpleasant flavours of certain medicinal teas. There are no known contraindications, it is a safe herb for everyday use, suitable for children also. The cold tea can be used on a compress to relieve puffy, irritated eyes, and also as a skin toner for oily skin!

The essential oil is used to scent soaps, bath oils, perfume and cosmetics, as well as in aromatherapy massage.

Lemon verbena can be added to jams, honey, desserts and fruit salads. You can flavour vinegars and oils with it. It also makes a fantastic after dinner liqueur. Although its culinary uses are mostly focused on confectionary, lemon verbena can also be used to make a delicious soup, pesto, salad dressing, or to flavour oven-roasted fish or chicken.

By Miranda Tringis, herbalist.

Warming Winter Spices

Winter is coming, as George R.R. Martin tells us. Although winters are very mild in Cyprus, nevertheless it does get chilly in the evenings and if we’re lucky, we may even get some snow in Troodos and go skiing. Winter is a time for retreating within. We see this in nature around us. Trees shed their leaves and their energy withdraws deep inside their roots. This is why herbalists harvest roots in October and November, just when this process starts and the roots of medicinal plants are at their energetic peak.

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Some of my favourite herbal tea blends for winter include roots, bark and exotic spices. These blends are warming, soothing and comforting like a blanket. The aromas and flavours of spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and ginger promote good health and wellbeing and are a perfect healing beverage for coughs and colds.  These spices are cultivated in the tropical and subtropical climates of India, Malaysia, Indonesia and surrounding countries in the Far East and were first brought to the West by the Dutch and Portuguese at the end of the 16th century from their colonies. In fact, the Dutch built an entire empire out of the spice trade, chased away the Portuguese from their strongholds in the Moluccas (Indonesia) and held a monopoly in the trade for nearly two centuries. During this time, spices such as black pepper and nutmeg were more valuable than gold.

All the aforementioned spices are very rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, therefore useful to build immunity, combat colds, reduce inflammation and generally promote overall health.

Nutmeg is a super-spice, packed with valuable nutrients. Always buy whole nutmeg and grind them in a pepper mill to get the most of their flavour and benefits.

Cinnamon helps to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels and is both antibacterial and antifungal. It also enhances the mood and stimulates the brain.

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Ginger is one of those spices no home should be without.  Ginger tea is one of the best flu remedies, especially in combination with honey and some lemon juice. It is a great anti-inflammatory and therefore useful in rheumatic and arthritic pain, helps in nausea, stomach aches and digestive problems and improves the absorption of nutrients in the body.

Cloves are tiny flower buds but they are giants when it comes to natural health. They’re packed with antioxidants and are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic.

Cardamom is a member of the ginger family. It is an excellent digestive aid, it fights gum disease and it is useful in urinary problems.

Making tea from spices is a great way to boost your health and it tastes delicious too. These spices need to be crushed with a pestle and mortar, ginger root sliced – a couple of slices will do- then boiled in water for about five minutes to get all the aromas out.  Add a few chilli flakes or peppercorns as well if you like. Strain and sweeten with honey. Enjoy your blanket in a cup!

By Miranda Tringis, herbalist.

Energizing Herbs for Vitality

In today’s demanding world, we often find ourselves depleted of energy. Our lives are fast, pressured and stressful. Like it or not, we’re on the treadmill and there seems to be no getting off it. This continuous stress inevitably takes its toll on our body and mind. Most of the time we are tired, overstressed and undernourished, as our bodies are in overdrive producing stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol which use up the vital minerals and nutrients needed elsewhere in the body. Ultimately, chronic stress can lead to many health problems, such as an impaired immune system, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, insomnia and depression.

Time to take control and put a stop to the rat race? It might be difficult but we will have to make some lifestyle changes. Setting a specific ‘down-time’ daily to exercise, take a walk on the beach or do some gardening really helps us to wind down and relax. It is vital to set some time apart daily for physical exercise in any form we like. A healthy diet of fresh vegetables, pulses, fruit, juices and whole grains will ensure the body gets all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Avoiding processed foods and eating fresh, natural produce increases our energy levels, especially if we eat raw veggies whenever we can.

Nature really gives us everything we need for health and wellbeing, and Cyprus is a place of abundance when it comes to fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.

The herbs that help to combat stress and increase vitality, energy and wellbeing are mainly yellow or orange in colour and are ruled by the Sun. Sun herbs promote self confidence, creativity, health, willpower and a sense of wellbeing and abundance.  Such herbs work on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

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Calendula Officinalis

Pot marigold (Calendula Officinalis), Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) and Everlasting (Helichrysum Italicum)  are all growing abundantly on the island now and are marvellous sun herbs, imparting the Sun’s energies onto us when we use them in salads, as teas or tinctures. Nasturtium and calendula flowers and petals make a beautiful garnish on salads and add spicy flavour, and a tea made from all three of these flowers imparts the plants’ energies, and is delicious as well as a delight to look at!

An important vitality herb is Licorice root (Glykorrhiza Glabra). Licorice is what we call an adaptogen, a plant which regulates stress hormones, is antidepressant and energizing; it promotes balance on all levels. Licorice makes a very tasty, sweet tea and can also be added to other tea blends.

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Another adaptogen is Milky Oats (Avena Sativa), a wild plant which can be found all over the island. We can use the flowering tops in tea or make a tincture. This herb is packed with nutrients and one of the top anti-stress herbs. All parts of this common plant nourish and tone the nervous system. Milky oats is an energizer, but it does this cumulatively, building energy slowly and consistently by deeply nourishing the entire body. It alleviates both physical and nervous fatigue, taken before bed, milky oats tea or tincture supports deep refreshing sleep.

Let’s add a little sunshine to our life with these vitality herbs!

By Miranda Tringis, herbalist.

Brief History of Herbalism in Cyprus

Cyprus has a very long history of plant healing, going back to the ancient world when herbs were used to treat common diseases of the time such as leprosy, malaria, polio, skin and eye infections, boils and food poisoning. Healers used special rituals and herbs, such as frankincense, myrrh, olive oil, wormwood and mandrake.

The well known historian and naturalist Pliny mentioned the excellent quality of the herbs of Cyprus. In his book Naturalis Historia he wrote: “The herbs of Cyprus are the best in the entire Roman empire.” The climate and the quality of the soil on the island are ideal for the highest concentration of essential oils in the herbs that grow here. More than 400 different aromatic and medicinal plants are known to grow on the island.

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Both Pliny and Dioscorides mentioned a known Cypriot doctor who lived in the 3rd century BC, called Diagoras the Cypriot. He devised the “Great Collirio” which was used to heal burns, keratitis, eye ache and earache.

Cypriot physicians made use of honey as an antibacterial and antiseptic, terminthos (trimithia) in urinary problems and indigestion, fragrant herbs such as lavender, mint and sage as antiseptics and black seed (nigella sativa) was used to treat stomach problems, neuralgia and pain, urinary problems and insect bites. Wine was used to kill staphylococcus, streptococcus, E.coli, and vibrio cholera.

The most famous doctor of the time was Apollodoros of Kition (2nd century BC). He was known as the Cypriot Hippocrates and wrote many medical books. But it wasn’t until the Byzantine times that traditional medicine (iatrosofia) became established. At the same time there was an increasing reliance on cures by saints.

Ordinary folk used home remedies for common ailments which were passed on from generation to generation. When medical attention from a healer was required, an experienced practitioner could be found in almost every village.

Herbal medicine was practiced by physicians, village herbalists, midwives and priests; most monasteries had their own healers. Furthermore, monks were among the few people that knew how to read and write and also travelled a lot, exchanging their knowledge with other healers in far away monasteries.

The most important work on traditional medicine in Cyprus was written by the monk Mitrofanos of the Machaira monastery, who lived in the Ottoman period (1790-1867 AD). This book beautifully documents the herbal tradition of Cyprus and it is worth mentioning that many of the recipes found in the book remain unchanged even today, and have been proven accurate in their healing action.

Herbal medicine was the main way to successfully treat illnesses until the rapid development of synthetic chemistry in the 20th century which offered faster results and was easier to administer, ultimately led to the rejection of natural medicine by the medical profession. The ancient herbal tradition and even the most common home remedies were no longer passed on to the next generation and soon forgotten by most Cypriots.

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After just a few decades however of using synthetic medicine, scientists realized that the possibilities of synthetic drugs had been greatly overestimated in comparison with the active medicinal components of plants. The World Health Organization then decided in 1977 to recommence research of medicinal plant constituents.

Nowadays in the Western world and in Cyprus also people feel they must return to nature to find the way back to health, as modern medicine, unethical farming methods, pollution and our modern lifestyle have disconnected us from the healthy life Cypriots used to enjoy.

By Miranda Tringis, herbalist.

New Opening Hours

Spring has coloured the gardens in beautiful hues of purple, yellow and white. Most herbs are flowering now and spreading their fragrance. Come and see for yourselves the absolute splendour of spring, we have extended our opening hours!

We are now open 7 days a week from 9:30 am till 7:00 pm.

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