#Malotira is a herb known since the age of Dioskourides (1st century AD) that has always grown in the mountains of Western Crete – Lefka Ori and Psiloritis with altitudes of 900-2000m (2952- 6561 ft.). Cretans were quick to discover its medicinal properties and began using the plant to treat common colds as well as diseases of the stomach and respiratory tract. When Venetian conquerors were introduced to the medicinal herb, they named it Malotira after the Latin words male (illness) and tirare (drag, push away); the panacea that pushes away all illness.
Malotira is a popular aromatic herb. It is a perennial whose height ranges from 10 to 50 cm (3, 9 – 19, 6 inches). Its branches are thin, round and covered in fuzz and its leaves are 1-6 cm (0, 39 – 2, 4 inches) long, thick and succulent. The plant produces corymbs of yellowish flowers.
The herb blooms from late June till the end of July and it is collected from May to August, during its flowering. Malotira is an endemic plant of Crete; it does not grow anywhere else in the world.
BENEFITS AND HEALING PROPERTIES
Malotira contains flavonoids, triterpene acids, essential oil of diterpenes, carvacrol, curcumin and karyofyllini and is known for its medicinal properties against diseases of the circulatory system. It also helps treat respiratory problems, anxiety and common cold.
More precisely, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, diaphoretic and anti-irritant. It is also diuretic and detoxifying and it helps prevent diseases of the urinary tract. Recent studies have shown that it helps prevent osteoporosis. Moreover, it is known to be beneficial for the blood vessels of the heart and the proper function of the digestive system. The essential oil of Malotira even protects against skin diseases and sunburn.
For greatest benefit, it is suggested that Malotira be consumed on a regular basis.