Darvaze Qo’ran & Herbal Extracts … Shiraz, Iran …

_MG_2292-1Hey everyone … I’m almost finished with the Iran posts … only one more after this one … one evening after our by now regular afternoon naps … we headed out to see the Darvaze Qo’ran … or also known as the Qo’ran Gate … its the historic entrance to the city of Shiraz and now a popular tourist attraction …

_MG_2248-1 _MG_2255-1 _MG_2257-1However before we got to the Darvaze we stopped by an orchard/farm of sorts that produces and sells herbal extracts … they have a cute little cafe and its a popular place for younger people to hang out …

_MG_2282-1These herbal extracts are really popular in Iran … each type has its own medicinal benefits and they can be drunk on their own or diluted with water and other drinks … my family drink Mint Extract to help with stomach problems … and others are known to be good for a whole host of illnesses from depression to migraines to helping with weight loss …

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I got us some Orange Blossom Extract to take back with us … which used in popular medicine for, stomach aches, laxative, blood coagulant, diabetes, rheumatism, digestion, prostate problems, skin disease, hair loss, also used for insomnia, appetite, hiccup, tachycardia, convulsions and relaxation … you can see more traditional uses of different herbs/fruits/flowers HERE

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After we were finished here we headed over to see the Darvaze … its actually something we had driven past a few times on our way around Shiraz over the previous few days but this was the first time we stopped by to see it at night and to actually get up close to it …

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There are some stairs built into the side of the mountain that goes up to the right of the gate … and everyone seemed to have enough energy so we headed up to the top …

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You get a pretty good view of the Gate and the rest of the City of Shiraz from the top …

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IMG_2633-1We headed out for some dinner after before we all went home … I’ll be back later with the final installment from our trip …

Till next time …

Mina X

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