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Online Course in Herbs & Honey

E-learning University of Athens
3 weeks
Full time
Diploma / Certificate
Online / distance program

Program description

Herbs and Honey

Study an online course in herbs & honey

Are you interested in the history, the use or beneficial properties of both herbs and honey? Then, this e-learning programme is created for you. 

Herbs are contained in numerous products that we use every day. Let's read some labels: mint toothpaste, shampoo with chamomile, aloe cream, cough syrup with echinacea, etc. As plant-derived or organic ingredients they can be found in hot drinks, pastries, insect repellents, and hair dyes. Because of their multiple uses and beneficial properties, they are often included in cooking, medicine, cosmetics, and gardening. Imagine how would life be if herbs did not exist. Odourless? Colourless?

What about honey? Is it a superfood? Over the centuries, honey has intrigued philosophers intellectuals, poets, authors, and scientists.It was incorporated into the diet and contained in the remedies of ancient Greeks, while it also played a major role in important social occasions such as feasts, sacrifices and athletic games. 

This programme concerns everyone who would like to:  

  • Identify Greek herbs
  • Appreciate the significance of their role in human life
  • Understand how they are used in various occasions
  • Understand the characteristic properties of herbs
  • Know how to incorporate them into their everyday lives
  • Know the history of honey from antiquity to the present
  • Understand how honey was incorporated into the daily lives and diet of ancient Greeks
  • Narrate myths and traditions about honey
  • Describe how a beehive is organized
  • Describe bee products (honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, bee bread, bee venom, beeswax)
  • Understand how honey and bee products were used for their beneficial properties from the time of Hippocrates and Galen until today
  • Understand their multiple uses and properties

Herbs are part of our daily lives and are essential for a natural, healthy lifestyle. For centuries, people have put them to culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal use to benefit themselves as well as their animals. There is an increasing interest in herbs because of their multiple uses and beneficial and healing properties. In this course, we will present the cultural history of herbs from antiquity to the present day through myths, folklore, and legends. We will make mention of Hippocrates, Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen, who all studied botany in depth to find cures for diseases.

In addition, we will explore holistic herbal medicine and herbal medicine in general. We will also focus on how to use herbs and discover their mutliple properties. We will describe the cultivation practices required for the creation and care of a healthy herb garden. This course also deals with bee products such as honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, bee bread, pollen, and bee venom that find uses in cosmetics, medicine, cooking, confectionery, and even decorative art objects. Bees are indeed a divine gift. 

Lesson 1

The History of Herbs

This unit traces the historical and cultural background of Greek herbs, their uses and properties from antiquity to the present. Archaeological finds, legends, myths, and traditions will be the key stops of our journey. We will discuss holistic herbal medicine and herbal medicine, as well as learn about Hippocrates, Theophrastus, Galen and others. We will analyse the multiple properties and uses of herbs, proving their importance to our daily lives; they can be used in cooking, medicine, cosmetics, and gardening. 

Lesson 2  

Greek herbs

In this unit, we will talk about some of the most important Greek herbs, the starting point being their expanded presence in Greece. We have chosen to present the characteristics and properties that differentiate each herb from the rest of Greek flora. 

Lesson 3  

The History of Honey

This unit traces the cultural history of honey from antiquity through the Middle Ages to the present, including references to mythology as well. It also focuses on the social structure of bees as well as on bee products such as honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, bee bread, pollen, and bee venom that find uses in cosmetics, medicine, cooking, confectionery, and are even used as decorative art objects.

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