Cretan Herbal Remedies

Common remedies the people of Crete use for aches, pains and more, as well as remedies from the past.

  • Rosemary assists in stomach ache and earache relief.
  • Lemon juice and lemon leaf tea aid the digestive system, and also soothe sore throats.
  • Spearmint (in tea, compress, or oil form) helps with stomach ache and bleeding gums. It can also be used as an antiseptic for wounds.
  • Artichokes are good for the nervous system and asthma.
  • Sage infusion helps with colds and high blood pressure.
  • Garlic relieves tooth pain when crushed and applied to tooth.
  • Blackberries assist with gastrointestinal problems.
  • Vinegar reduces swelling from insect bites.
  • Mountain marjoram calms nerves and combats insomnia.

In the old days…

  • … Cretans warmed dry mallow in a frying pan, and then tied it over the throat with a handkerchief to soothe soreness.
  • … raki, a local clear alcoholic beverage, was used as a compress against fever, and was rubbed on the back to relieve pain.
  • … sore eyes were comforted by boiling an egg, cutting it in half, and placing the warm egg on the eye.
  • … burns were treated with milk curd.
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