Aromatic and medicinal herbs have been used in this country since ancient times as a seductive ritual, one washing away sorrow, ailments, death. Greek Mythology credits the sacred gift and knowledge of herbs to gods, lesser gods, demigods, nymphs, muses and mythical creatures: Centaur Chiron, the compassionate master of the arts of healing and medicine; his mother, nymph Philyra, the healing deity of aromatic herbs, fragrance and recovery was transformed into a Linden tree, philyra in Greek. Even Hades himself, the god of the underwold, searched in Nymph Minthe (mint) the spark of rejuvenation as the upper world flirted with immortality provided by sage; Aphrodite, the one who emerged from Mediterranean waters draped in rosemary had a lot to cater for: to heal the wounds of Aeneas with dittany and Achilles with the namesake herb.
Today, thanks to archaeological research, we know that the herbs of ancient Greece, so rich in mythology, were more than a myth. Pharmaceutical companies worldwide show a marked preference for Greek herbs in order to exploit the hemostatic properties of the plant that healed the wounds of Achilles and still seek all those aromatic medicinal herbs described by Hippocrates, Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen.
In this same promising spirit, we combine tradition and scientific documentation. Aromatic and medicinal herbs proposed by ANASSA ORGANICS were selected according to the concept of a synthesis of overall harmony in a Hippocratic tradition; harmony with nature, mind, body and spirit.
Along the guidelines and advice delivered by a panel of expert scientists, and after thorough taste testing research, we selected 15 herbs to launch (either on their own or in blends), all fine effective products that will fill your cup with vitality, relaxation, enjoyment. The choice is yours to make, depending on what you need most.
Wild Rose (Rosa Canina/ Kynorodo)
Rosehips, the scarlet fruits of wild rose, kynoroda in greek, have quite a long history in this country.
Sir Arthur John Evans identified the image of a rosebush plant depicted in the famous Blue Bird fresco of the Minoan palace of Knossos in Crete, from the second millennium BC, as a wild rose bush, presumably refering to Rosa canina. One of the girls in the wall paintings from the Xeste 3 building at Akrotiri, Thera, c. 1700 BC, is carrying a bunch of flowers which appear to be wild rose flowers. Gold wild rose flowers were among the wonderful jewellery findings excavated from Mycenaean tombs at Peristeria in Kyparissia, dating from 16th-15th century BC. Pliny affirms that men derived their knowledge of wild rose powers from a dream. He must be right: It is a dream come true plant! Rumor has it, started from Pliny, that the fruits of rosehip would even heal the wounds of a dog bite, hence, it is also dog rose.
Benefits : Wild rose extracts exhibit antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is worth mentioning that, according to recent research, a galactolipid substance contained in rosehips is a very effective treatment for osteoarthritis, reducing pain and stiffness. Thanks to its high content of vitamin C, rosehips are used for the prevention and treatment of colds. The latter property can help the airways in bronchitis. The infusion may be also used as an eyewash.
Try our wild rose
In a blend of herbs such as:
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
The name rosemary comes from old Latin, the words Ros Marinus, meaning ‘dew of the sea’, and is associated with the legend that the plant emerged along with Aphrodite from the sea. The truth of the myth is confirmed by the frequent presence of rosemary in coastal areas, often seen glittering with dew on the seashores, and the fact that in many regions, it needs no water other than the humidity carried by the sea breeze. In ancient Greece, students wore wreaths of rosemary on their heads, to enhance their ability to memorize.
Benefits: Rosemary is used as a tonic, memory enhancer, antiseptic and anti-rheumatic. It is considered to purify blood and is beneficial in asthma and breathing problems. The leaves of rosemary are among the established herbal remedies to relieve headaches, indigestion and mild gastrointestinal disorders. It is also used for its cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue and laxative properties.
Try an antioxidant blend of herbs with rosemary
Dittany (Origanum Dictamnus)
A herb with medicinal properties known since antiquity. Endemic, ‘peculiar to Crete’, according to Theophrastus, in his ‘Enquiry into plants’: ‘Dictamon is a scarce plant; [..] the goats graze it down because they are fond of it.’ Who can blame them? Ancient Greeks were well acquainted with dittany, administering the herb to stimulate the brain and enhance memory. This is the herb that Aphrodite rushed to bring from mount Dicti in Crete, so as to save wounded Aeneas. Artemis is often depicted crowned with a wreath of dittany on her head; no wonder why the herb is often referred to as ‘Artemidion’. In Crete, young men would reach steep hillsides and deep gorges, to cut a bunch of blooming dittany to offer to the beloved one.
Benefits: Dittany exhibits stimulant, healing and astringent properties. In folk tradition, it is used as a remedy aiding stomach disorders and also as a digestive. As anthelmintic it is used against infections caused by parasitic worms, as antimicrobial it combats bad breath and helps in the treatment of gum disease. As an emmenagogue, it is reputed to help in cases of amenorrhea caused by fatigue and exhaustion. Recommended in nerve disorders, headaches and other neuronal diseases of the nervous system. It is often used as a remedy for tonsillitis and sore throat. As a diuretic it helps kidneys, liver diseases and cases of diabetes and obesity.
Taste dittany in one of our blends aiding to fight colds
Ladania (Cistus Creticus L.)
Since ancient times, ‘kisthos’, ‘lidanon’, or ‘lidon’ and nowadays metaxochorto or agriorodania, Rockrose was popular as an aromatic medicinal plant, mainly for its wound healing abilities. The famous ‘Blue Bird fresco’ of Knossos, illustrates Rockrose, among other herbs.
Studies confirm that Rockrose, like all plants of the genus Cistus, is rich in flavonoids. Ancient Greeks used a unique method for collecting the resin of the herb from their
Benefits : The herb has become immensely popular both in Greece and abroad, as, polyphenolic compounds present in high concentrations in the infusions of the balmy fragrant resin of the leaves provide powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating activity. It is very useful in enhancing the immune system and is also beneficial against infections in the oral cavity by reducing the number of bacteria.
Due to its properties, it is worth trying it, in one of our antioxidant drinks!
Lavender (Lavandula Αngustifolia)
A herb indigenous to Greece since ancient times, ‘levantis’ is first mentioned as early as Argonautica Orphica, because it grew rich on the islands off the Greek then port Marseille. The word ‘lavantis’ derives from the Latin lavare, i.e to wash, retaining to this day its original reference to a relaxing and nerve-soothing bath.
Benefits: As an infusion, lavender displays an impressive range of medicinal healing properties: it is used to soothe stomach aches and digestive complaints. It is ideal for insomnia and stress; it helps in painful conditions including migraines and headaches toothaches, sprains, nerve pains. It is a sleep-inducing traditional herbal medicinal product for the relief of mild symptoms of anxiety and mental exhaustion.
Enjoy an evening tisane, a natural sleeping aid, with lavender and another four soothing herbs!
Verbena (Aloysia Citriodora / Lemon Verbena)
Louisa originates from South America, but has managed to thrive in Greece. The clear, pure, sharp lemon fragrance of this beautiful shrub is not its only advantage. Louisa promotes overall nervous system health, combats depression and the ill effects of stress. It increases energy and vitality and relieves fatigue. It is considered a ‘wise’ herb, offering both relief from stress and a tonic stimulating activity.
Benefits: In traditional medicine Verbena has been used to tackle all manner of ailments and conditions. As a diaphoretic aid it is beneficial for the treatment of cold and flu symptoms and reduces fever by inducing sweating. It has also been used for the treatment of headaches, migraines and vertigo. It has proved particularly effective in the treatment of digestive ailments, flatulence and colic pains. Due to its diuretic activity Verbena improves metabolism and increases fat burning. The antioxidant properties of flavonoids cleanse the body offering a valuable boost.
Try a lovely, soothing and antioxidant drink
Marjoram (Origanum Μajorana)
Marjoram is herb of the genus Oregano. There have been reports on the beneficial properties of marjoram as early as Theophrastus, who calls it ‘amarakon’, Dioscorides, who refers to it as ‘sampsychon’ and Hippocrates, who prescribed it for its antiseptic activity. Marjoram, the former name being Amaracos, has a mythology of its own in this country. According to legend, Amarakos, a companion of the King if Cyprus, let an alabaster container filled with a precious salve fall and break, and thus the careless friend was punished by being transformed into a sweet-scented Marjoram shrub.
Benefits: Marjoram is beneficial in nervous states and is recommended against headaches and insomnia; it has also been successfully used in the treatment of vertigo and epilepsy. It exhibits sedative, expectorant, disinfectant, tonic, analgesic and anticonvulsant action. It stimulates appetite, relieves flatulence and stomach aches. As an aromatic infusion it is beneficial in cases of depression and stress. Is very effective against respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, cold, dysmenorrhea, constipation, colic pains and oral ulcers.
Try a fragnant, soothing evening tisane that contains marjoram
Melissa (Melissa Οfficinalis L. subsp. altissima (Sm.) Archangeli)
Melissa, ie. honey-bee in Greek, is the name of the nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey. In the writings of Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Pliny, the herb is praised for a range of therapeutic properties and is referred to as melissofyllon, melittis, melittion, melittaion and melofyllon, all names alluding to Melissa being so irresistible to bees. It was used, as far back as the Middle Ages, as a treatment for depression, believed to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion. Paracelsus praised it as the elixir of life.
Benefits: In recent years, there has been an increased interest in melissa because of multiple scientifically documented properties, which bring benefit to a wide range of health problems. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, sedative and thyroid regulatory properties, prove the herb to be of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry. Melissa extracts are included as an ingredient in ointments for the treatment of herpes. Traditionally, it is used as a tonic, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, appetizer and antiasthmatic. Recommended mainly for toothache, gastrointestinal disorders (bloating, flatulence, stomach ache, colic pains, indigestion, nausea in pregnancy). In folk therapy it is used to treat insomnia, stress, headaches, asthma, fever, and menstrual pain.
Melissa is included in mixtures:
Peppermint (Mentha Χ Piperita)
According to Greek mythology, Minthe was the water nymph who attracted the attention of Hades, the stern ruler of the Greek Underworld. When his wife Persephone found out, she took revenge by turning her rival into a herb and Minthi followed the all too familiar fate of Greek deities and nymphs transformed into plants. Yet, Minthi, who first appeared as a herb on a mountain in Peloponese, still grows in Greece to this very day, attractive by her freshness, her fragnance, emitting a peppery scent of cool rejuvenation.
Benefits: Hippocrates and Galen prescribed mint for indigestion, gastritis, nerve disorders, dizziness and insomnia. It was also recommended for cough, sore throat, headache and cold symptoms. The leaves of peppermint are still considered a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of digestive disorders, such as dyspepsia. The infusion and peppermint oil act as an analgesic, and a remedy aiding insomnia and headaches. The essential oil has been shown to exert antimicrobial activity and therefore it is used in oral hygiene products. It exhibits spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, tonic, antibacterial and astringent properties.
Due to ideal growing temperatures and rich soils, the Greek mint is of excellent quality, taste and fragrance.
Try the great taste and aroma of our mint
- A delicious mint tea
- In one of our blends :
- Supporting a slimming diet
Mountain tea (Sideritis)
Mountain tea, ‘siderites’, derives its name from ‘sideron’, i.e. iron’ and therefore Dioscorides advocated its healing power for wounds of iron objects, such as swords or arrows. Today we know that mountain tea is called siderites because it contains iron (Fe), and also that its therapeutic use in ancient Greece was based on the principle of homeopathy (treating 'like with like'). Due to its iron content, Hippocrates recommended mountain tea as a tonic. Dioscorides also prescribed it for the treatment for colds.
Scientific evidence confirms the multifaceted beneficial effects of this unique herb. Mountain tea is arguably the most popular herbal tea in Greece.
Benefits: Mountain tea was used since ancient times in folk treatments for its inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This delicious infusion has a pretty impressive array of medicinal healing properties as a therapeutic decoction for stomach and digestive problems, rheumatism, and arthritis; as a tonic, anti-ulcer, antispasmodic, antidiarrheal remedy and one against cold symptoms. It is considered beneficial for the blood vessels presenting an antihypertensive effect. As a diuretic herb it is used for diseases of the urinary tract.
The decoctions and infusions of siderites exhibit antioxidant, detoxifying and anti-rheumatic properties. Mountain tea contains a substantial amount of essential oils and flavonoids in a cure-all caffeine-free tonic drink.
Recent scientific research affirms that Greek mountain tea protects against memory decline and Alzheimer's and may aid in the prevention of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Try this unique herbal experience in Greek Mountain tea
OR in a blend
The Greek name of sage, ‘elelisfakos’, reveals that the ancients considered the herb to ward off death and bring about immortality or at the very least, a long and healthy life. Greek physicians Hippocrates, Dioscorides, Theophrastus, Galen and Aetius praised the herb so highly that they inspired the Romans to call it ‘salvia’, ie. saving lives. The secret was not lost on the Arabs, who thought that if you plant sage in your garden, you have no reason to fear death. Sage has been used as a substitute for tea, the Chinese having been said to prefer sage tea to their own native product, bartering for it with the Greeks and offering three times the quantity of their best tea in exchange. In the middle ages, sage was believed to prolong life, heighten spirits, keep off toads, enable girls to see their future husbands, mitigate sorrow and avert chills. What more to ask of a herb?
Benefits: According to recent scientific research, sage enhances memory. It is also useful in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and found to be increasing the levels of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter which facilitates transmissions within the brain. It alleviates stomach pains and dyspepsia. The herb presents tonic and cordial properties, and is also used against neuralgia. It is a traditional medicine for the relief of excessive sweating, and brings benefit to skin conditions and mouth inflammations. Sage also lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with diabetes.
The best possible way to benefit from sage is in a mixture of herbs:
Tilia, philyra in Greek, derives its name from nymph Philyra, protector of fragrances and recovery, mother of the wise centaur Chiron. When caught by Rhea with her husband Kronos, Philyra was transformed by gods into the namesake tree, to hide her shame in a plant that would have a calming effect on an angry goddess. Since ancient times, linden was known for its soothing, relaxing properties.
Benefits: As a diuretic aid, Linden flowers lower blood pressure. The diaphoretic activity it presents may prove useful in cases of cold or flu. As a sedative and relaxing aid, it is ideal for an evening drink relieving stress.
Try its pleasing taste in a relaxing blend!
Pennyroyal ( Mentha Pulegium)
Pennyroyal grows wild in Greece and has a long history of use in folk medicine. It is praised by both Dioscorides and Pliny in treating an assortment of various medical conditions. Ancient Greeks flavored their wine with pennyroyal. The essential oil of the plant is used as a defense against colds.
Benefits: Besides its traditional use against colds, pennyroyal helps in digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder conditions. Infusions and decoctions of the leaves and flowers present diuretic, antiseptic, digestive, galactagogue and emmenagogue action. Pennyroyal is a medicinal plant with interesting antioxidant properties, when sed in the appropriate amounts.
Enjoy some of the great benefits of pennyroyal in a mixture of herbs useful to treat cold symptoms.
Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
The word ‘chamomile’ derives its name from the Greek words chamai and melon, ie. apple of the ground, referring to its fresh apple scent and its low-growing habit. Hippocrates was the first to mention the herb and to recommend it as a herb of purification and protection, an emmenagogue and one to treat hysteria and allied conditions, while Dioscorides mentions it as antipyretic and analgesic.This humble herb with its innocent, daisy-like flower, has always been a traditional remedy in the attempt to fight cold.
Benefits: Chamomile is officially listed in the European Pharmacopoeia as one of the most renowned sedative herbs. It has been used for centuries as a mild relaxing, sleep-inducing aid, one against colds, stomach disorders, and inflammations, to name just a few of its many theurapeutical properties. Extensive scientific research over the past few years has confirmed many of the traditional uses of the herb, and the pharmacological mechanisms for these therapeutic effects, including anticonvulsant, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergic properties.
Enjoy a delicious drink of chamomile
in a lovely relaxing blend
Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)
The common Greek name is charoupia. Theophrastus was the first to describe its beneficial properties and called it ‘keronia’. Carob derives its name from the fruit of the carob tree, ‘keration’ in Greek, a name alluding to an ancient practice of weighing gold and gemstones against ‘keratia’, ie. carob pods, seeds of remarkable consistency in size and weight. Keratia became the standard as a unit of weight and also provided the term ‘carat’ as a gold purity designation.
Carobs proved to be pure gold, since, during the Second World War, many children in this country managed to survive by eating carob pods that offered valuable calories and beneficial nutrients. Carob syrup is also known as Cyprus's black gold, and is widely exported.
The distinctive, sweet flavor of the fruit provided yet another name, ‘the chocolate of the poor’, a chocolate so sweet as to even help in weight loss.
Benefits: Experiments have shown that extracts of carob present various actions such as antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-diarrheal and hypolipidemic.
Clinical studies have shown that carob has an effect on weight loss, due to a high content of soluble sugars. Ripe fruits contain large quantities of condensed tannins. The bark of the sperm is rich in antioxidants. Carob fibers contain polyphenolic compounds such as flavonoids and glycosides.
If you follow a weight loss diet,try a blend of carob & herbs as a weight loss enhancer