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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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Rosemary!

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)

Ingredients

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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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.

Preparation

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

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Μαλοτήρα ''Saloustros''

Μalotira »Saloustros»

Loukoumia (Cretan Delights)

A delicious recipe! Try it at home :)

Ingredients

1/2 kg of sugar

1/2 liter of water

a few drops of lemon juice

40 g gelatine

a few drops of pastry color

little rose water

200 g powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons of cornflaur

Recipe

Mix the sugar with water and lemon in a deep saucepan and boil in a low heat to make syrup. Make gelatine according to the instructions of the package and add it to the syrup together with the rose water and the color.

Pour the mixture into a square baking pan which has a height of up to 2 or 2.5 cm at most. Let it all night long.

The next day, cut into cubes (loukoumia) and pass the pieces of icing sugar mixed with little corn flour. If we want our loukoumia to have nuts ( almonds), put them on the baking pan before the syrup mix.

 Good luck!

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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!

We prefer Cretan honey from cretaneshop.gr for better life!