There is nothing like a warm, smoking cup of thyme tea on a cold winter day, especially if you are a Bulgarian. We actually love to drink this fragrant and healing tea all year long. My family does go on mountain hikes in the summer in order to stock up on wild thyme for the long winter months.
In my home country Bulgaria the name calendula (“neven” in Bulgarian) is a popular woman name. Both my mum and my great-grandmother have it, and for this reason their name day falls on “Zvetniza”: the day for celebrating mother Nature gifts be it plants, flowers or trees.
End of may / early June white hats will start pop up on top of green bushes and trees all around Europe. Tons of tiny flowers create a mighty umbels, which resemble a flat white umbrella, growing in between the green leaves. If you take the time to get a bit closer with eyes& nose, their sweet smell will charm you as well as the perfection of the star-shaped flowers.
The magic ingredient in it, the hero amongst over 200 phytonutrients inside, is called “vanillin”.
This compound is said to be a “medicinal charm”, famous for different conditions through the centuries.
The smell of fresh seabuckthorn berries late September while biking through the dunes of the Dutch coast … not sure how to best describe this nose-tickling mix of fresh, prickling and lemony notes, that is floating in the air.
Hello, my name is Jana Teneva and I am a big nature-lover, a hobby photographer and a certified health-coach. Writing has always been one of my passions, together with foreign languages.