Cyprus or Kypros as it is called locally, is a Mediterranean island with a unique geographical location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Boasting 300 days of sunshine every year, Cyprus is also well-known for its highly-fertile volcanic soil, making it an ideal place for growing top-quality herbs and fresh local produce.
Cyprus has long been a lush paradise for the growth and cultivation of a wide range of plants and herbs with beneficial healing properties.
There are over 1,900 different plant species, subspecies, varieties and hybrids recorded in Cyprus to date. More than 140 of these plants are unique to Cyprus and can be found only on the island. These endemic species comprise a key part of Cyprus’ unique flora.
The vast diversity of both forest and agricultural vegetation on the island, can also be attributed to the multitude of diverse landscapes – each with their own particular microclimate and topographical features – as well as the variety of terrains and geological substrates.
300 days of sunshine a year
unique volcanic soil, perfect for the cultivation of herbs
absence of geomagnetic anomalies
mountainous areas have naturally therapeutic healing waters
no toxic production on the island
subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters
THE CYPRUS LIFESTYLE
Cyprus doesn’t just benefit from a wonderful climate and a unique geography; it also offers a one-of-a-kind lifestyle, which perfectly balances busy, digitally orientated modern life, with time-honoured traditional values.
Spending quality time with family and friends by the sea, in the mountains or just in the comfort of one’s own garden or veranda, is easily one of the most essential aspects of life to the people of the island, with the family relationship placed as the highest priority – something sacred to be nurtured, respected and revered.
Life has its unique rhythm in Cyprus. Nature plays a significant role in wellbeing on the island and it is with this healthy Mediterranean lifestyle in mind, that Kypwell bases its ethos, philosophy and values.
This unique lifestyle, rooted in balance and a deeply revered set of cultural values, has ensured that Cyprus has long been ranked as one of the best places to live, both in Europe and the world.
THE HERBS OF CYPRUS
Cyprus has a deep-rooted history of cultivating herbs, with the processing and trade of these locally grown plants dating back to 2000 BC. A quick look at the many archaeological and historical manuscripts is enough to show both the origins, as well as the significance of herb cultivation in Cyprus.
In the first century AD, the famous Roman historian and scientist, Pliny the Elder wrote about Cyprus: “The warm climate and the soil on the island, are ideal to grow the best quality herbs.”
Today, Cyprus has managed to maintain its status as one of the best places for herb cultivation, and indeed one of the island’s largest exports is pharmaceuticals using medicinal herbs.
HISTORY OF NATURAL HERBAL HEALING IN CYPRUS
Despite its small size, Cyprus has made a significant contribution to the world’s history of herbal health, beauty and wellbeing.
Archaeologists have found remarkable evidence of the production of ancient fragrances in Cyprus, which is also documented throughout Mediaeval times and during the Renaissance in Europe.
And as the reputed birth place of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, it seems only fitting that the island has since gone on to become internationally renowned as a centre of health, beauty and wellness, where traditional herbal therapies, incorporate unique traditions from Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Historically, Cypriots were healed by monks using age-old traditional knowledge, such as that recorded in the book of ‘Iatrosophikon’, which was written by the monks of Machairas monastery in the 19th century. This book beautifully documents the herbal traditions of Cyprus and many of the recipes found in the pages remain unchanged even today.
Proven to be efficient and effective in their healing actions, these age-old natural remedies and perfumes were incorporated into traditional therapies practised by people in their homes as the main way to successfully treat illnesses, passed on from generation to generation, until the rapid development of synthetic chemistry in the 20th century.
Today, there is a strong desire in Cyprus, to return to these traditional therapies for a more natural solution to health and wellbeing.