Archive for February, 2011

Mullein (Verbascum gen.)

health benefits of mulleinThe Mulleins (Verbascum gen.), or velvet plant, flannel flower, etc., is a group of perennial herbs and shrubs native to South America and the Mediterranean region. The upper part of the herb is formed by a dozen of light yellow flowers which blossom throughout the summer, making this season the best for mullein harvesting. It is interesting that the Mulleins grow in their natural habitat in Europe and Russia, but in the Americas,  Hawaii and Australia they are mostly cultivated in special fields and farms. (more…)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme BenefitsCommon thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a delicate herb with amazing fragrance, tiny leaves and small flowers. It originates from the Mediterranean region and for centuries it played a role in social cultures of many ancient civilizations. For example, in Ancient Egypt this herb was used for mummification as a natural embalming agent, in Ancient Greece it was used as a symbol of courage to rise the spirit of the warriors, and in Ancient Rome it was a common remedy for melancholy and depression. Aromatic properties of this herb were used in temples and sacred places. In our times, thyme is one of the most popular and commonly used culinary spice which can be found virtually in every kitchen. (more…)