““Let food be thy medicine””
HIPPOCRATES FROM KOS THE FATHER OF MEDICINE
Hippocrates Garden is a certified organic botanical garden. In our garden one can find wild herbs, wild plants, fruits and vegetables. During 10 years of operation of the Garden, 2.000 cypress trees have been planted, by students of the schools on the island and visitors from around the world.
Besides old cedar trees there are self growing wild herbs, like lavender, oregano, thyme, sage, hypericum, laudanum and heath. We also cultivate grapes from which we make dry red wine, under the label Eros (Code no α -434721 Ε 3 given by Bio-hellas, Control Institute of biological products, bio-certifies our vineyard). Fruit bearing trees and biological growing vegetables are all around us. You can taste our products and find out how easy it is to use biological methods in agriculture, respecting land and the environment. We would be delighted to share our products with you and invite you to drink our wine and share your opinion with us.
In our botanical garden you will find rosemary, bay leaves, balsam, oregano, verbena, sage, heather,mint,basil,thyme and many more wild herbs.
Perennial trees exist around us, such as cedar, whose species is protected in our area that is beside a wildlife sanctuary in Plaka. You will also find apple trees, peach trees, pomegranate trees, date palms, mulberries, figs, citrus and other trees. In our Garden we attempt to produce variety of species through natural methods. We teach the agriculture, In order to have in the future the necessary goods that will help us in understanding the health through diet.
You can read bellow the healing properties of some herbs:
- Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Aromatic evergreen shrub belongs to the family Heilathes.
Plant known in antiquity when the ancient Greeks used it in various religious ceremonies and celebrations, decorations on buildings, temples and burned as incense.
It is used in the manufacture of medicines for rheumatism, for various oral irritation and coughing.
- Noble laurel – Laurus nobilis
It belongs to the genus Daphne.
In Greece, the laurel has been known since ancient times and refer to it in Homer. Sacred tree was dedicated to the god Apollo. First the Greeks and then the Romans they used it to crown the winners of the games. So even today the laurel coincides with the glory, the victory and supremacy. In ancient times it was also known for therapeutic properties.
The essential oil of the leaves is used for the preparation of insecticides and pesticides.
- Melissa – Melissa officinalis
One of the most popular herbs which dealt Dioscorides, perhaps the most distinguished botanist and pharmacologist of the Ancient World, is the notorious Melissa.
Accord Dioscorides if we tremper the leaves of the herb with wine, we make a poultice that can help us deal with stings from scorpions and spiders – phalanx or bites from dogs.
The decoction of the leaves are suitable for many uses. It may be used directly as a material for steam. Additionally is suitable emmenagogue. On the other hand, is useful to those suffering from toothache, because it can be used as a mouthwash. Similarly, it can be used as enema in cases of dysentery.
In medical practice is used as a tonic, antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic, appetizer and antiasthmatic. Recommended predominantly to address pain and spasms of the stomach, colic, indigestion, vomiting due to pregnancy, nervous crises, tooth aches, etc.
- Louisa – Lippia citriodora
It belongs to the family Verbenaceae.
Louisa is used for diseases of the stomach, stops diarrhea and bleeding, is an effective tonic and on the other hand sedative, antipyretic, diuretic and recommended in cases of kidney stones.
The decoction is highly beneficial for the digestive system as it helps people suffering from dyspepsia, flatulence, neuralgia, colic of the stomach and intestines.
- Sage – Salvia officinalis
It belongs to the genus of Αngiosperms.
The leaves are antiseptic, expectorant and they have spasmolytic properties.
The sage in the form of decoction is ideal for the treatment of oral injuries, pharyngitis and gingivitis.
It has tonic properties and is used as cardiotonic. Reduces gases intestine, is a diuretic and emmenagogue.
- Reiki – Erica manipuliflora
Evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae.
Believed that reiki with honey is real medicine for children suffering from glandular fever and the pollen of the heather (reiki) certainly heals the prostatitis of the elderly