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Herbs of Crete

Have very much to say about the healing properties of herbs in Crete. In General, Crete is a storehouse of medicinal plants. And, of course, health is very useful to take decoctions of herbs, of course, not neglecting the dosages. Don’t forget that many plants contain substances used in the manufacture of drugs. Therefore, any substance that heals, overdose can harm the health!

To properly consider this issue, we turned to a dietitian from Rethymno, conducting training seminars as an associate Professor at ΕΕΕΕΚ Rethymno, Harisu Charonites to “Nea Kriti” to inform the public about the possible consequences of uncontrolled reception of medicinal herbs.

As said by Mr. Charonites, ” – Hippocrates, and later Theophrastus and Dioscorides, studied and recorded about the therapeutic properties of hundreds of herbs. The majority of studies confirming the usefulness of Cretan medicinal plants are used in our days. But, in addition to the positive therapeutic effect, many herbs can cause unpleasant adverse reactions”.

Sage . “I would not recommend to take sage during pregnancy and lactation, as it may cause uterine contractions. What caseycarpetonecom properties, sage contains such biologically active components as camphor (14-37%), alpha – and beta – caryophyllene, and rosmarinic acid, chlorogenic acid, diterpenes and flavonoids, and luteolin, which have anti-inflammatory properties.”

Daisy . Has soothing and antiseptic properties. It works effectively on the digestive system (earlier, chamomile was used as a compress in infectious diseases of the eye), also, Daisy, like most many herbs – diuretic. If multiple applications are very good for inflammation treatment. Should be used with caution in people allergic to plants of the family Asteraceae.

Mountain tea . Mountain tea belongs to the family Lamiaceae and contains three phytochemical groups: flavonoids, diterpenes and some volatile components. All these substances can have anti-inflammatory properties and also act as powerful antioxidants.

Preventive properties of mountain tea have been confirmed in many studies, such as: prevention of cataract (Thomas Barberan, 1986), prevention of blood clots (Villar, 1985) and hypertension (Paya, 1985 – Konstantinos xenos).

Cretan mountain tea Malotira (Μαλοτήρα)

As a rule, mountain tea has no stimulating action and does not violate sleep, so it can be taken in the evening. Also, there were no reports about any side effects when taking mountain tea in large quantities.

Echinacea . Stimulates the immune system. Echinacea contains a substance that fights bacteria and acts as natural antibiotic (e.g., streptococcal and staphylococcal infection). Studies show that in the fight against the common cold Echinacea surpasses all known garlic.

Classic tea . The major components of various teas is catechins, caffeine, theanine and butyric acid. Catechins are powerful antioxidants and are abundantly present in green and white tea, the least amount of catechins found in black tea.

Cretan dittany . Dittany, which grows only in Crete, not only has a wonderful aroma, but also is a strong tonic. The main components of the essential oil of diktamos are: carvacrol (a strong antimicrobial substance that is also found in oregano and thyme), thymol and pulegone. These substances have powerful antiseptic and antispasmodic properties

Cretan Dittany (Δίκταμος, lat. Origanum dictamnus)

Dittany traditionally used in gastric ulcer. Its medicinal properties were confirmed by experiments performed on the strains Helicobacter Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) (source – Constantinos xenos).

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