Arbaroriza, the aromatic herb.
Spearmint, the balsam of Crete.
Pelargonium Graveolens is what “arbaroriza” is called in Crete. It belongs to the family of Geraniaceae and is often confused with the famous flower geranium, rather incorrectly. A plant with an exceptional aroma similar to that of incense. Considered to have healing relaxing and soothing capabilities as a tea, lowers cholesterol, relieves migraines, acts as a sedative […]
Spearmint is called “valsamo” which translates to balsam in Crete. It’s a kind of mint and has the same aromatic properties. It’s used largely in Crete as a herb in both cooking and pastry and sweets making and it took the name balsam for it’s many soothing and therapeutic capabilities. It contains folic acid, riboflavin, vitamins A, […]