A Mythological Tree and Its Tears "Daphne Oil" 30.November.2010 - Antakya



"Seeing that Apollo was bound to catch Daphne, she called upon her father, "Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger!"

Suddenly, her skin turned into bark, her hair became leaves, and her arms were transformed into branches. She stopped running as her feet became rooted to the ground. Apollo embraced the branches, but even the branches shrank away from him. Since Apollo could no longer take her as his wife, he vowed to tend her as his tree, and promised that her leaves would decorate the heads of leaders as crowns, and that her leaves were also to be depicted on weapons. Apollo also used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render her ever green." (from legend of Apollo and Daphne)


The myth has taken place in Antioch, known as Antakya today.

Every season people collect the daphne seeds from the trees. After boiling them, they press them with their hands and produce daphne oil. As a second step, people in the villages mix this oil with olive oil to prepare very nice daphne soap. 


Thanks to Nur Family



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