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                                                                 Vol.3        12 December 2015
 
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 Dear Friends,

As You know, the Wild herbs have not only applications in cooking.
For thousands of years, people knew and continuously used these for medical and pharmaceutical purposes.
Apart from Chinese and more generally Asian medicine, the ancient Greeks, the Romans but also the subsequent civilizations through the centuries till the present day, had recognized and used the wild herbs in thousands of treatments.
Therefore, we will try - through the books we have - to gather the most of the basic information and details on the use and application of the wild herbs from our mythical land.
Please excuse any spelling and translation errors.
If you know more information and details about the wild herbs and if You 'ld like to share, please contact us!
We 'ld love to incorporate these in the existing ones and share further.
 
Wild Mint from Taygetus Mountain
 
    

Mint - Everything You need to know about

Mint,  Spearmint, Peppermint.
 
Additional names and types: Pennyroyal, Minthi, Varsamos, Menthol.
 
But the more useful is peppermint the medication, namely peppermint.
All the varieties of Mint considering as the most natural aphrodisiacs.
 
In all botany books, you will find mint to reference the additional names, ie mint, pennyroyal, etc.
The same will also see the description of the menthol.
Here we will describe the types of mint like a plant, citing specifically the characteristics of 'mint peppery. "

Origin – History:
The mint plants came to Europe from the East. The Arabs for centuries drink tea spearmint or peppermint as a stimulant of sexual capacity.
The Mint was a great herb for the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Dioscorides, Pliny, and Hippocrates is often mentioned as a plant with great medicinal value with a wonderful aroma.
Ancient Greeks rubbed their eyes with mint before sitting at the table. Also, they added it in their bath.
From the sixth century in France and England were cleaning the teeth with creams flavored with mint.
At 1696 botanists in Britain recommended mint for diarrhea.
 
 
 
 
Peppermint Dried

 
 
Today:
In cooking, mint is used a lot in meals all Mediterranean countries, aromatizing sauces, meatballs, vinegar and wines.
The menthol contained in the mint serves improver of smell and taste of many drugs.
 
Useful parts: The leaves and flowering tops.
 
Active substances: The Peppermint oil containing menthol, mentoni, jasmonate, tannin, alcohols, aldehydes and bitter substances. Each type and catnip or peppermint  is containing different amounts of each substance.
For example, water mint contains no menthol while Japanese peppermint has 92% menthol.
 
Properties - Indications: The fresh leaves relieves the pain of rheumatism if rubbed at the pained joints and relieve a headache if they rubbed on the forehead.
The essential oil is used for gargling in gingivitis, tonsillitis, inflammations of the nasopharynx.
Smoked tops become poultice to mastitis (swelling of milk) and erysipelas.
They have antiseptic, astringent and narcotic power and stimulate attenuated organisms.
 
 
 
Wild Mint Tea
The "tea" either as decoction or infusion is recommended in cases of diarrhea and indigestion as anticonvulsant after vomiting or to soothe inflammation of the intestinal system.
It also helps in insomnia, cramps, nervous hawk and hiccup relieving the stretched nerves.
Finally, in large quantities it is a natural aphrodisiac.
Be careful, though: if you eat the leaves fade erotic impulses and soothe the pain of teeth. They cause diuresis and so helps in cases of colic.
The infusion of peppermint can be used as a lotion in problem skin.
 
How to use
The spearmint and peppermint are used:
As infusate: Soak a teaspoon leaves in a cup of water at room temperature for 30 - 60 minutes.
Then start to drink every few minutes from a spoonful.
As a decoction: Boil 10 grams of leaves in a liter of water. Drink 3 cups a day.
As essential oil: With strong dilution gargles.
If you suffer from biliary you can after each meal to eat 2-3 raw mint leaves or to drink a small cup of mint infusion.
The English herbalist Gerard said the mint pounded with salt can be placed in a dog bite or sting wasp and bee.
In our country and specially in Crete, tie pads with crushed mint with green lemon peel for a headache.
 
Additional applications: In the old days they rubbed their teeth with mint leaves to turn white and scattered leaves (fresh or dried) around food stored at home to remove mice.

 
Disclaimer
Although mint has been used for centuries as both a culinary and medicinal herb, as
with any treatment or medication, omint is a potent herb and should be used judiciously in consultation with your health care provider. It can interact with other medicines and when used as a medicine should be used only after consulting your pharmacist.
 
 
 
 
 

Taygetus the mountain of Spartans


  Ways to use the Wild herbs
 
   Decoction: We take the therapeutic part of the plant and boil with water. Usually, boil hard plant parts (roots, bark, stems, seeds).If is chopped need to boil only five minutes.The hard roots or peels should boil 15-20 minutes to give us all their beneficial properties.
Generally, for the herbs  that you will not have special instructions, the time boil depends on the strength of plant tissues to heat.
Usually, boil 3 tablespoons to 2 cups water.
Then pass from the strainer and should be drunk within 12 hours, because after deteriorates and loses its therapeutic power.
 
Inject: It is the best method to obtain the pharmaceutical properties of the sensitive parts of the plants, flowers, and their leaves.
Once it starts water to boil, remove from heat and pour in the therapeutic part of the herb.
Leave it there from 10-20 minutes and then strain and use.
Alternatively, we can take boiling water over the herbs in a teapot that closes well and after 10-20 minutes filter and drink (not maintained).The conventional proportions (where there are no specific instructions for a herb) is from 1 to 3 teaspoons in a cup of water.
 
Tincture: Alcohol is the element which use as the solvent.
Alcohol dissolves the components without heating or boiling.
The tincture is maintained at glass tightly closed container away from heat light and air.
To make the tincture, take the therapeutic part of the herb and put it in a bottle with alcohol in a ratio generally 5 parts of white spirit 70 points for each plant part (which we will grind to a small mixer).
Let soak 5 to 15 days,  and often shake the container.
After filter the tincture with a filter paper or blotting paper or with the filter for a French / American coffee and put into another bottle, where we can keep it for some time.
Tinctures should be used only in certain cases or for external use only.
 
Gargling: For irritations in the mouth, the tonsils, pharynx, and larynx made with infusion or decoction, but should not be too hot to have the desired results.
 
Extract: occurs when to evaporate a solution of the components, ie after putting medicinal plants to soak in water or alcohol, concentrated by evaporation and keep in a glass bottle.
When we want to use them pour a teaspoon in a cup of water.
 
Compress: To make a compress take a diluted piece of cloth or cotton and dip in the infusion, decoction, tincture, lotion etc and touching the part that we want from 5-15 minutes depending on the properties of the plant and the severity of the health problem .
 
Lotion: Becomes as infusion or decoction is used externally to the part needing treatment with gentle massage movements so that the skin can absorb it.
We even with lotions do liniments for the treatment of dermatoses and the scalp of the head (for example, hair loss or dandruff)
 
Bathrooms: Bathroom with herbs is usually very effective means of treatment because it allows the therapeutic properties of herbs and plants to have direct contact with the sore part.
But if something prevents us to go and stay whole for some time in the bathroom, then we can only immerse the hands or feet in water with the same beneficial effects on our body.
A practical way to prepare a bath for the feet and hands are: Boil 2 liters of water.Then, remove the water from the fire, put the herbs and wait 4-5 hours.
When you want to make the hand or foot bath, boil an additional 2 liters of water, which add to the previous infusion.
You can keep it in your refrigerator for a week and heat it daily, but without extra boil.
The best stuff  is porcelain.Use plastic only if you don't  have something else.
 
The best time for the bath feet is the morning on an empty stomach and the duration of 5-10 minutes.
The best temperature is what you can tolerate.
For the bath of hands the best time is in the evening before meals.
For the whole body, may prefer the more hot water you can tolerate.
Add the infusion into a full bathtub.
The English method recommends that you put the herbs in a small bag of white linen cloth and the tie under the tap of the bathtub, so when you open the hot water to fill the tub, the water passes through it.

 
 
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