Sage leaves and Devi balm for heels

Our Saviour

Over 3,000 plants grow in the 16 kilometre long and some 360 metre deep Sićevo gorge, east of the southern Serbian city of Niš. The rugged and beautiful landscape of the Svrljig mountains is an ideal habitat for sage, otherwise a Mediterranean plant, which is a wild, autochthonous species here. Aware of its value, the […]

Aspirin’s Forerunner

In springtime, willow is the first to come into bud, children are symbolically beaten with its twigs to help them grow and prosper, on St. George’s Day, girls weave its twigs through their hair to make it lush, while women tread into water and release its wreaths to flow down rivers and streams. Willow has […]

Shield against Viruses

When we say oregano, we usually think of the fragrant Italian cuisine, but this plant is much more than a fragrant spice, especially its wild variant, the one that grows on the cliffs in the wider Mediterranean region. Origanum vulgare has also always thrived in the mountainous areas of the Balkans. Today, it is known as wild […]

Snake Tamer of the Praries

If we let this plant tell us about what its ancient roots have witnessed, the stories would read along these lines: imagine the prairies of Nebraska, endless desolate fields and dramatic rocks, as one sees in cowboy movies. Then imagine the Indians, the Sioux and the Pawnee, cruising across those plains on their wild horses, […]

Swaying Palm Trees

When we think of a palm tree, we probably immediately imagine sitting on a tropical beach with a coconut next to a deck chair in the dappled shade of this exotic tree. The palm is one of the most decorative plants, but its usefulness still exceeds its decorative value: it is known that palm trees […]

Hops and Ample Breasts

Beer and ample breasts are every man’s dream and often go hand in hand – although not as men would like them to. Everyone knows the term “beer belly”, but beer has been proven to lead to the appearance of gynecomastia in men, which in the same vein could be called “beer breasts”. Certainly, every […]

Loves Me… Loves Me Not

In our childhood we must have picked it and plucked its heart-shaped leaves while saying “should I, should I not” or “loves me, loves me not”. Shepherd’s purse is another widespread, resistant weed plant, a bit inconspicuous but extremely medicinal. In some languages it is also called “girl’s herb” for a good reason: it has […]

Gentleness and Strength

While picking raspberries, Zeus’ wet nurse Ida accidentally pricked her finger on a thorn. Raspberries were snow-white at the time, and her blood turned them red. That is what Greek mythology says. This plant, which originated in Asia and which was “sowed” by animals all over the place, is often found in archeological excavations, as […]

For Sound Sleep

Hops were given their scientific name – Humulus lupulus – because of the ancient Romans’ belief that this climber tends to strangle other surrounding plants, just as a wolf (lupus) does to its prey. Even though it was used by American Indians and Arabs for centuries, hops were first used  in Europe as a favourite ingredient for beer-brewing […]

Liquid Gold

The Indians who inhabited the semi-deserts of Arizona, Baja California and Mexico have used it for centuries, and passed on knowledge about it from generation to generation. It has always helped them to protect their skin against strong sun exposure, to heal wounds and soothe pain in muscles and bones, but also to soften animal […]

Maca, Super Food

Blueberries, salmon, turmeric, goji berries, coco, chia seeds, spinach, kefir, garlic, avocado… Not a day goes by without us coming across reports about foodstuffs that have extreme nutritional properties, brimming with anti-oxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Some research shows that including them in our daily diet reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases, increases our […]

Fruit of the Gods

Do you know which fruit has a higher percentage of fat than carbohydrates? We can help you with a few pointers: The Aztecs called it the fruit of fertility. In the Aztec language, it is called ahuacatl which is the word denoting a part of male anatomy which looks like it. When the English encountered […]

Guardian Angel

It is year 1665 in London. People live in extremely unhygienic conditions, with rats freely roaming the streets. Even though the Dark Ages had long been over, the darkness persists and is embodied in the Black Death, a bubonic plague. The plague which ravaged China in the 1330s arrived in Europe in October 1347, when […]

Horsey, Horsey, Horsetail

Rastafarians, members of a religion that developed in Jamaica during the 1930s who believe that Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethiopia between 1930 and 1974, was the Second Coming of Jesus and their god Jah incarnate, wear the easily recognisable dreadlocks. The rope-like strands of hair formed by locking or braiding hair are inspired by the Nazarites […]

Lion Heart Plant

An old legend recounts the story of a rivulet whose banks were richly overgrown with motherwort. The inhabitants of a township through which this rivulet flowed allegedly lived for at least 130 years and the oldest inhabitant even lived long enough to see his 300th birthday. Leonurus cardiaca, literally translated as lion’s tail, or motherwort […]

Herb Robert, Our Super-Hero

There is an element which is known to have extraordinary powers. Germanium stimulates the body’s immune response, it prevents the effects of free radicals, transmits oxygen – thus nourishing the cells, increases the levels of interferons which stimulate anti-bodies… Germanium is a super-hero which protects our body from bacteria, viruses and tumours. Double Nobel laureate […]

The protector of women

The first description of lady’s mantle dates back to 1539, when the German botanist and physician Hieronymus Bock, known also by his Latin name Tragus, kicked off the process of modernisation of medieval botany. Bock laid the foundations of modern science with his catalogue of 700 plants based on observation and detailed description. Kreutterbuch, literally translated as the […]

Menstruproblemation

Menstruation is an ever present phenomenon in every woman’s life, and a foundation of her functioning reproductive system. With small variations from month to month, menstrual bleeding is rather consistent. Thus, it is not difficult to detect sudden abnormalities. First of all, we need to know what ‘normal’ is. Periods should occur 21-35 days apart, […]

Heavy Period, Heavy Burden

Every woman has an idea what represents ‘normal’ menstrual bleeding. Science says that the average amount of blood lost during a period is 35ml, and that anything above 80ml is abnormal, as it could lead to anemia, as well as hint at certain disorders. Young girls usually experience heavier bleeding due to the fact that […]

Hormones and Beauty

Hormone imbalance can easily be identified on our face and body. Hormones are an essential piece of the puzzle of our system, and as we enter certain age or situations, like puberty, menopause or pregnancy, the level of hormones changes. However, today we are witnesses of a massive ’hormone rebellion’ that works against the well […]

Hormonal Adult Acne

During the great hormone surge in puberty the entire body goes through a metamorphosis, and the soft baby skin can begin to look like a battlefield, swarming with red and swollen acne.  Acne during puberty occur due to testosterone fluctuations in both sexes, and this hormone has its role: it shapes a man out of a […]