Heavenly Herbs in Cyprus

chbMost of us take herbs for granted, but herbal medicine forms the foundation of every traditional medical method around the world and about 80% of the earth’s population use herbs as medicine for various health problems.

In the Mediterranean in ancient times herbs were used both as food and as medicine. 2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote: If people ate correctly and ate well there would not be any illnesses!

Cyprus is well and truly situated in the Mediterranean and this island is home to an amazing variety of herbs. You can see them, smell them, taste them and learn all about herbs at Cyherbia.

In this herbal labyrinth you can find a selection of pure essential oils of the highest quality, aromatic potpourri, and of course dried herbs which can be used as tea and in cooking. As each herb has medicinal properties, you can choose the herbs that suit your individual needs.

Cyherbia is located in Avgorou village, which is located between the towns Larnaka and Agia Napa.

And what are the benefits of herbs? The tradition of using herbs, for a variety of reasons, on Cyprus goes back several millennia. Until the last century, heart diseases and cancer were almost unknown on the island. In the first century AD, Pliny the Elder, the famous Roman historian and scientist, wrote: The warm climate and the soil on the island are ideal to grow the best quality herbs.

There are 18 herbs that have been used on Cyprus for good medical reasons, and also for flavouring food. Many have dual purposes. Oregano, for instance, is not only a marvellous accompaniment to meat, fish and pasta dishes, but also helps the body afterwards by aiding digestion and respiratory problems.

Others, such as Lemon Verbena, which is actually far more astringent than lemons, when taken as a tea boosts the metabolism and as such it helps to lose weight, reduces nausea, bloating and indigestion and helps to bring cholesterol levels down.

As well as the herb garden, Cyherbia also boasts a Cyprus maze with over 600 m of twisting paths in between tall hedges in which to get lost, and a Woodland Walk which guides you round the Island of Cyprus, taking you to various key points of interest, visit Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, Protoras and Kyrenia all in a single short walk.. Naturally, you can try the various herbs in the tea shop and browse the shop for other purchases.

Cyherbia is closed on Mondays and Tuesday, but is open on other days for limited hours.

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