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Diosmos (Spearmint)

Diosmos  (green mint)  belongs to the family of  Lamiaceaeare, it's leaves are oblong and the flowers have blue color. It is a perennial plant and grows in damp places. There are 13 species and 9 variants in Greece alone.

This herb is well-known in Greece, where it is grown in backyards and gardens and is frequently used in food. When you catch it releases a nice pleasant aroma. It may be  cultivated and gathered throughout the year. We may always have  fresh diosmos by keeping it in pot or  dry it and store it in a jar as well.

In antiquity it was used in the manufacture of myrrh and for medicinal purposes. Dioscorides, Hippocrates and Pliny have mentioned often diosmos as a plant with great medicinal value and lovely fragrance. The ancient Greeks rubbed their tables with mint before they sat down to eat. Mythology

In Mythology "Minthi" was a nymph who Hades desired. It is said that  Persephone chased the helpless nymph and trampled her. Hades didnt even move to save her, he merely  transformed her in to a plant, which suddenly grew for the first time in the mountains of "Minthi" at Trifylia. Mint is since then known to be dedicated to the god of darkness.

To make a Greek mint tea, boil 1 teaspoon of dried, crumbled mint per cup of water. Let them boil together for about 1-2 minutes then strain. If kept longer than that, the tea will be bitter. Sweeten, if desired, with Greek honey or sugar.

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Rigani (Oregano)

Greeks often make an infusion out of dried oregano, much the same as they do with marjoram and sage. It is prepared in the same way -infused, not boiled.

Matzourana (Marjoram)

Marjoram is a somewhat cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavours. Marjoram is indigenous to the Mediterranean area, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.

Chamomili (Chamomile tea)

Greeks believe that the sweet, gentle aroma of chamomile calms the nerves, soothes the stomach and helps against constipation.

Faskomilo (Mountain sage)

The plant has a strong aromatic odor, a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and is even used in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. The common name "sage" is also used for a number of related and unrelated species.

Greek Mountain Tea

Greek Mountain Tea is made using the dried leaves and flowers of Sideritis plants (ironwort). The tea is aptly named: the plant is found on rocky slopes at elevations over 3,200 feet (1000 meters).

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