Malva is thought to come from the Greek word for soft –malake. Mallow has been known since the ancient years for its medicinal uses. Hippocrates used mallow to remedy bruises and blood loss. Its properties include antiphlogistic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative, salve. The herb is also known for treating the digestive and urinary system as well as the intestinal system.

Enjoy your mallow tea with some honey in order to remove your body’s toxins. How to prepare it: Add a couple of teaspoons of dried mallow leaves in a cup with hot water for 7-10 mins, strain it and it’s ready to enjoy. It is recommended to drink 2-3 cups per day.

Also, when combined with chamomile and thyme honey, it’s a great cure for sore throats and coughs. When used externally -as a poultice- ιτ soothes the calluses and when dissolved in water it makes a quite relaxing foot bath. When mixed with olive oil, it can treat various insect bites or stings. The herb is frequently used as main ingredient for soaps or creams, as well as green and yellow dyes.

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Important note:

Some herbs should be avoided if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or if you suffer from certain medical complaints. Unrestricted use of some herbs (such as rosemary, sage, sorrel and thyme) may be harmful to health. For further information and recommended dosage please consult a qualified practitioner.


Rosehip has a warm, sweet and sour flavour and an astringent aftertaste. Its flowers smell like roses but have a lighter smell than the cultivated ones. The herb is used in cooking as herbal infusion, for syrup production as well as for baking and patisserie. Rich in seven vitamins, especially in C; when boiled, the vitamin attributes come out. If preparing an herbal infusion with whole rosehip, boil it for at least for 10 minutes.

This herb is known to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, astringent properties.  Rosehip’s medicinal qualities also include the following: reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, helps with osteoarthritis pain, acts as a body toner, strengthens the immune system, fights viruses and microbes . When made as a tea, it can prevent a common cold, induces sleep and is effective with urinary system problems.


What is so special about Greek mountain tea (tsai tou vounou)? It is freshness and wellness in a tea; you might find yourself feeling as if you were just trekking on the Greek mountains.

Sideritis also known as ironwort, shepherd’s tea and mountain tea is a genus of flowering plants widely known for their use in herbal medicine as well as an herbal tea. This special tea is historically known as “Shepherd’s Tea” because Greek shepherds would make a brewed tea out of the plants while directing their flocks on the hillsides.

This tea consists of select handpicked dried flowers, leaves and stems of the native Sideritis plant which grow wild throughout the mountainous regions of Greece. The specific plant is found on rocky slopes at very high elevations (over 1000 meters). According to the researchers, Sideritis genus includes over 150 available species. Not to be confused with regular tea rich in polyphenols, caffeine and a smoky, bitter flavour due to its tannic profile; this humble tea has a sweet, floral and earthy flavour and is caffeine-free.

The herb was well known to ancient Greeks, particularly to the pharmacologist/ botanist Dioscurides, philosopher Theophrastus and to the father or modern medicine Hippocrates. Back then it was used as a toning herb, commonly used to treat wounds –especially those from iron swords or arrows. Nowadays, it is mostly consumed in Greece and Spain; in Greece you can try about 17 different varieties from mountains around the country. Of these only one is cultivated, all others are wild. Its essential oils are used in a variety of herbal medicine and cosmetic products.

One of the main reasons of ironwort’s popularity has definitely been its wide range of health benefits. Since the antiquity, it was considered as a remedy for colds, aches, allergies, indigestion, respiratory issues and a boost for your immune system. All these claims proved to be true; an increasing number of researches confirm that mountain tea is packed with flavonoids and antioxidants as well that it lowers blood pressure. Recent studies at the University of Magdeburg argue that not only does Sideritis prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease but it also acts forestalling osteoporosis.

According to the a study published in 2011 at the “Journal of Ethno-pharmacology”, all Sideritis species plants were shown to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. They were rich in a number of natural antioxidants, including flavonoids, and almost all species also contained essential oils. In addition, according to a 2012 publication of the “Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” found that extracts made from Sideritis helped lower blood pressure levels while helping blood vessels to relax.

The brewing process is rather simple: you simply need to pour some freshly boiled water in a cup with a couple of mountain tea twigs inside. Excellent with a spoonful of honey, it is also lovely with cinnamon or lemon. Since it’s naturally caffeine-free, it can be enjoyed any time of the day. Fresh, aromatic and flavourful – can be enjoyed either hot or cold. We stock 100% organic and wild, without any added ingredients, colourings, or flavourings from the mountains of the Epirus. Pop by our stall in Borough Market, find us at Spa Terminus or order it online. Make a fresh start this year and switch to herbal remedies, like this ancient one.

Your Greek grandmother would recommend a cup per day, especially during winter!


The use of lavender has been recorded for more than 2,500 years. Did you know that Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume but and also for mummification? They did so by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped burial clothes. The ancient Greeks called

Lavender Nardus or Spikenard, named after the Syrian city of Naarda. The English word derives from the Latin lavare (to wash) referring to the properties of the plants. Lavender is one of the most recognised scents in the world –fresh, floral, clean and calm. The plant thrives in sunny, warm, well drained soils and its wonderful cyan flowers appear –depending on the area- from June to August. This fragrant aromatic and relaxing herb can be used in baking, lotion making, gourmet cooking, tea making, tinctures and more. Its popular essential oil is cleansing and refreshing and has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on skin, body and mind.

A number of refreshing ideas on how to make the most out of the lavender dried flowers:

Herbal tea: add chamomile as well, steep the herbs in hot (not boiling water) for a few minutes and add honey if desired.

Marinades: can replace rosemary in most savoury recipes – just use double quantity of lavender. The aromatic oils of the lavender compliment meat or fish in a lovely herbal-smoked way. Also, when the dried herb is combined with lemon juice and olive oil, works lovely with pork or lamb. Marinate for several hours before grilling for a delicious rich flavour.

Infused vinegar: add a handful of the lavender buds to 2 cups white wine or apple cider vinegar. Let the mix sit for up to 6 weeks, shaking every few days. Strain before use.

Salad dressing: whisk together 6 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic or apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp each mustard powder & dried lavender flowers.

Fragrant custard: Infuse the warmed milk -for the custard- with 1/4 cup chopped lavender flowers to each 2 cups of liquid. Heat the mixture to boiling for an hour or two, than strain out the lavender; the fragrant milk can be used in various desserts such as fruit tarts, eclairs or biscuits.

Drinks: mix the flowers in drinks or spice up your favourite cocktails.

Skin toner: prepare a skin spray with diluted mineral water infused with dried flowers.

Air freshener: simmer the dried herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels.

Perfumed sachets: add lavender buds to a muslin bag inside your wardrobe or, place the bag under the pillowcase at bedtime for relaxing sleep.

Pop by our stall at Borough Market and try our wonderful wild lavender –straight from the mountains of Peloponnese!


Strongly aromatic and slightly bitter, absolutely essential to your Hummingbird cocktail, or for your pork or poultry stuffing. Or if you are of a more alternative persuasion, burning it cleans the negative energy from your environment.

Sage has remained a widely appreciated herb throughout the centuries due to its connection with wisdom and longevity and its therapeutic properties. Known since antiquity, it is depicted on the Minoan frescos in Knossos. Ancient Greeks used sage as a body and mind toner and in case of snake bites. To the Romans, it was considered a sacred herb, that was only collected by a designated person. It was so highly regarded by the Chinese in the 17th century, that Dutch merchants found the Chinese would exchange three chests of tea for one chest of sage leaves.

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Oregano has been recognized for its medicinal and aromatic properties since ancient times. Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano has been one of the main ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine and part of the lifestyle for centuries. Newlyweds in ancient Greece and Rome were crowned with a laurel of oregano. It is a rich source of Vitamin K and antioxidants and contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids and manganese. It has also shown powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. No one can imagine a proper Greek salad without a generous amount of the dried herb sprinkled on top. And no one should have it without Oliveology’s aromatic and flavoursome oregano.