If you want to make the most out of the healing and health boosting properties of wild herbs, you should visit Crete and immerse yourself into the Cretan lifestyle. Crete could be easily described as a huge herbal garden; wild herbs abound due to the extremely friendly climate. Cretans collect and consume them in their cooking and as infusions, also known as herbal teas.
It is very common for Cretans to consume at least once a day a herbal tea. Generally speaking, herbal teas have well know anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. They can regulate blood pressure and relieve from stress. They also act as painkillers and are warming up the human body, which is great in winter months.
The most common wild herbs that Cretans use are sage (“faskomilo”), the endemic dittany (“diktamos”), malotira (“sideritis syriaka”), marjoram (“matzourana”), thyme (“thimari”), savory (“throubi”) and oregano (“rigani”). Sage and dittany have amazing healing properties, as they are proven to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; it is, therefore, not surprising that Cretans are more resilient to infections. Other cultivated herbs that are widely used in cooking and abound in every Cretan garden are mint (“diosmos”), rosemary (“arismari”) and basilicum (“vasilikos”).