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Basil-the king of herbs!

Basil is aromatic annual herbaceous plant. It reaches a height of 30-40 cm, with many branches It is aromatic, rich in nectar and attract bees. Use as a seasoning for the intense and characteristic flavor.

The plant

The plant

It is closely related to other known herbs such as oregano, marjoram, mint and sage. It is well known and widely used in mild and warm climates. It originates from the tropical regions of Asia and Africa, from where it moved to the Mediterranean countries.

The leaves

The leaves

One species is called a plant of fever and in some areas it is used as antipyretic. It is used as a seasoning for its intense and characteristic aroma.

The name «basil» is attributed to it, according to legend, rose to the point where Grand Constantine and his mother Saint Helena discovered the Holy Cross. The name of the plant was taken from the «king» that is Jesus Christ.

According to this plant, it grew up in the lost tomb of Christ and its intense smell became a cause for its discovery. In Epiphany, the priest takes the believers with sanctity by diving a royal branch into the holy water. At the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th, in the churches basil is shared. Various commercially available varieties are distinguished by the size of leaves.

Basil and Church

Basil and Church

The basil is grown as an ornamental plant in pots and gardens and its leaves are used as a condiment and decoction. The leaves contain an essential oil whose main ingredient is linalool and methylchiclavol.

In Greece basil is connected with good luck!

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The Plant!

This plant is shrubby perennial, bushy and evergreen that grows to a height of 1 to 2m. The branches are upright woody at the base and tender on the tops. The leaves are thick leathery gray-green color and are in their upper part and white fluff at the bottom. In Greece there is native to mountainous areas, usually in the Peloponnese, Evia, Crete and the islands.

We find throughout Greece as cultivated in gardens and parks. Resistant to cold, but he likes the light and the sun. easily propagated by cuttings in all kinds of soils and summer need frequent watering. Blooms spring – summer. The leaves are used in the Pharmacopoeia, the perfumery, in soap making, gardening, confectionery and baking.Rosemary is one of the plants used by our church to holiness.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil

Fish with rosemary (recipe)


1kg fish

• Olive oil

• Flour

• Salt

• onion

• Garlic

• Rosemary

• Vinegar

How to prepare

Flour and fry the fish. Strain the oil and fry onion in it with garlic and rosemary. Add a glass of water, a little vinegar and a little bit flour and allow to boil for about 15 minutes until be really mild.


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Greek Coffee!

A cup of coffee is a daily ritual for most of us. Those who love coffee can not start the day without it. He is known for the particular method of manufacture and delivery of serving. Makes it easy to chat and some would even say that a cup of coffee accompanies any gossip!

Greek  delight enhances the whole experience an excellent feeling: Hot coffee with thick cream, some greek delight and our bodies refreshed!

Ελληνικός καφές & Λουκούμι

Ελληνικός καφές & Λουκούμι

The sweet taste of loukoumi makes contrast with the bitter taste of coffee – and this is especially important for those who drink their coffee without sugar!

Water is important customary to serve coffee with a glass of water. Have you ever wondered why? Drinking water before coffee helps your taste buds to feel the real taste of coffee and drinking water after helps you rinse your throat from any traces of sediment.

One by one the steps for a delicious Greek!

coffee production

coffee production

1. Take a clean and dry coffee pot with a dry throat. Fill the pot with so many cups of water (preferably lukewarm) and those coffees that we want to build.
2. With the special spoon put a spoonful Loumidis for every cup of sugar and as much desire.
3. Then place the pot on medium fire center to heat the entire pot and stir slowly until dissolved coffee and sugar (attention after this point should not mix the coffee again).
4. Once the coffee begins to inflate, to remove the fire and hit the pot 2-3 times light in the counter. Then bloated coffee settles for a while.
5. Return the pot immediately on the fire and when the coffee begins to inflate again, to remove from fire, wait a few seconds and slowly we serve the classic cup of Greek coffee.
Variations of Greek coffee …

This is the usual Greek coffee, and are some of the best known «variations» of:

Meraklidikos : heavy 2-3 tablespoons
Light: 1/2 – 1 tablespoon
sweet: 2-4 tablespoons sugar
Medium: 1 tablespoon sugar
Yes-No: 1/2 tablespoon sugar
Heavy sweet : three scoops of coffee and sugar
Glyky boiled: 2 tablespoons sugar

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Malotira: The wonderful Cretan herb!

The name «malotira» comes from the Italian words «sickness» and «tirare». In Crete we consider is an ideal solution for colds and respiratory diseases. The plant has height 10 to 50 cm. It has thin and round branches that are covered in full length with plenty of fluff. Its leaves are respectively and their length is 1-6 cm, thick, long and covered with lint. Its flowers are yellow and white. It is a delicious and aromatic herb and very popular.

Healing properties

It is beneficial to the diseases of the circulatory system of the human body, against respiratory problems and especially for the treatment of colds and coughs.

Especially its use with honey and it is ideal for the sore throat.

It is collected from May to August.



Prepare as a beverage. Boil for about 4 minutes and combine perfectly with marjoram.

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Μαλοτήρα ''Saloustros''

Μalotira »Saloustros»

How to make at home handmade soap!

The basic materials for handmade soap:

Olive oil, water and caustic soda. These three simple ingredients form the basis of any recipe for soap. From then on, add the corresponding essential oils or herbs.

The two different manufacturing methods:

If you want to make soap, there are two ways: The «cold» and «hot» method. At first, open the caustic soda in the open air and pour the mixture into a basin of oil, then add the essential oil until it is poured. Place the mixture in molds (optional) and leave it for one day for initial stabilization. After that you can add materials for decoration. Then leave for another four days, remove or cut the soap into the shapes you want and let them mature for at least 4 weeks before using them. The «cold» method is usually preferred because it keeps the soap glycerin, particularly important for hydrating the skin.

 In the hot method, the soap is prepared in a pot with water that has warmed to a warm temperature. To this, the caustic soda is gradually added with continuous stirring. When dissolved, olive oil is added and the mixture is mixed in a low heat until it will be as a cream. Once it is tied, remove it from the fire, leave it for a while and then place it in molds (optional) or solid in a bowl and follow the same procedure (one day rest, enrichment, another four days and then remove from molds and aging 4-6 weeks).

The precautions you need to take:

Special attention :Gloves are always necessary, especially as we have to do with caustic soda. In shaking we need to wear a mask and not inhale the vapors when mixing the soda with water, which should always be done slowly. We do not use glass containers and always do the initial mixing in open space. Stir in a wooden spoon. Make sure the mixture does not come into contact with your skin and do not expose your eyes to vapors. For molds, you can use plastic disposable bowls.

Waiting for maturation is necessary to enable sodium to react with the atmosphere and remove it from the soap (producing the dust that will gradually form on our soap). As long as this procedure has not been performed, the soap remains too acidic for human skin. The soap is quite mature when the yellow color after white has beenwhite.

Note: the basic dosage of the materials is as follows: 500 g olive oil, 64.25 g of caustic soda (NaOH) and 157.80 g of distilled water – the accuracy in the quantities is important, so it is advisable to use precision scales. Knowing the basic recipe we listed above, just add different essential oils and herbs of your choice to make your soap.

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The beneficial honey!

Honey has a beneficial effect and deserves … to take the place of sugar!

Now that it’s winter, honey suits our beverages to soften our throat, but it’s not the only way we can use it. A tea spoon honey for dressing our salad, chicken, smoothies, yoghurt, always is a sweet and healthy for our body.

The most important benefits

It can benefit in cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease

It can protect you from gastroesophageal reflux by creating a layer on the mucous membrane of the esophagus. It looks like 5ml of honey a day is enough if your heartburn afflicts in your everyday life.

It gives you energy in a natural way

Try to add a little honey to your diet. Its carbohydrate content is what gives this quality and is what you need to add to your breakfast, cereal, milk, tea or yogurt. A good idea is also adding honey to some warm water.

Helps you sleep better

In addition to eliminating negative thoughts and anxiety, you can try to drink a glass of warm milk with a tea spoon honey. Honey in this case acts soothingly in the brain and helps you to relax and fall asleep more easily.

It does good in heart

Frequent consumption of honey may also have a positive effect on factors related to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Soothes the throat

Honey is the natural medicine by itself or in a hot drink with a little salt and a spoonful of lemon juice for more action and relief.

For … hangover

The next time you drink a little more, make sure there is plenty of honey in your kitchen cabinets. A good idea is to consume it in a smoothie, which you can make with honey, yoghurt and orange juice.

Fights bad breath

You can combine honey with a little cinnamon and … freshen your breath in the minute.

A secret: one tablespoon accounts for about 65 calories, so go for honey!

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