- mediterranean people since ancient times looked for their diets and medicines in nature.
- in ancient times was believed that Prometheus taught people how to use herbs for healing purposes.
- the father of medicine, Hippocrates recorded 400 species of herbs, while Dioscorides wrote a botanical study inf the 1st century AD, which included 600 plants, 40 of which are still known today
- Theophrastus recorded a significant number of plants in the countries around the eastern Mediterranean. In his work “On plants history” enriches our knowledge of their healing properties.
- very important was the role of plants during the war, since the wounds of warriors were healed with the use of herbs.
- the Sumerians, one of the most ancient peoples of the world, knew the healing properties of 200 plants including thyme, saffron, oregano, fennel, and others.
- the Egyptians also used it in religious ceremonies, in perfumes, for the treatment of various diseases as well as for the mummification of the dead.
- in ancient Greece the same plants were used as food and as medicine. Doctors had noticed that the right diet can not only prevent but also cure the diseases.
- during the dark years of the Middle Ages, magical properties were attributed to the herbs .
- the healing properties of the leaves and bark of willow were known since the ancient times. The active ingredients of aspirin (salicylic acid and salicin) were isolated from the willow in the 19th century. In 1897 started the industrial production.
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