For many years, one question has troubled and excited scholars studying ancient Greek mythology, namely “What exactly did the ragweed and the nectar consumed by the Greek Gods contain?’’. A partial answer can be found in an ancient Thracian legend. The legend describes how every year, in the early summer, doves sent by the ruler of the gods Zeus flew across the inaccessible, high places of the western Balkan Mountains. Each dove had to pluck a single stalk from the herb CALLUNA and take it to OLYMPUS, where the Thunderer added it to the divine nectar. His beloved dove once asked him why he does this, and Zeus answered tersely:
– SO THAT THEY CAN THINK OF MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS!
The Mountain Calluna plant reaches a size of 20-25 cm. The flowers and stems are used.
Chemical composition of Mountain Calluna:
• hydroquinone glycoside (arbutin);
• flavonoid glycosides;
• tannin (cachetin);
• mucilages and minerals;
• fruit acid, etc.
Healing properties and uses of Mountain Calluna:
• The calming effect of the herb on the nervous system has been scientifically proven. It has a soothing effect on panic disorders and fear neurosis.
• The essential oils contained in the herb are a source of immense healing power when treating sleep disorders.
Mountain Calluna is known for its rich content of nutritious ingredients that have nourishing properties for the skin.