In Greek mythology, Epione is the goddess of soothing pain. Her name derives from Ancient/Greek, meaning “soothing”. She was the wife of the medicine-god Asklepios (Asclepius) and the mother of the five Asklepiades (Asclepiades): Hygeia (Good Health), Panakeia (Cure-All), Iaso (Healing), Aigle (Radiance), and Akeso (Curing).

In one tale, the peonies get their name from the Greek word Paeon. In Greek mythology, Paeon was the physician to the gods who angered his teacher Asclepius after he extracted a milky liquid from the root of a peony that cured Pluto. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. He threatened to kill Paeon out of jealousy because he was outsmarting his teacher. Zeus saved him by turning him into a beautiful flower, the peony.

The peonie’s root, bark, seed, and the flower itself were all believed to have medicinal uses in eastern Asia and Europe. They were used to treat stomach pains, bladder issues, jaundice, and even nightmares. 

Anthea Peter-Vallejo, M.H.


From the Greek Antheia, derived from anthos meaning “flower, blossom”.

Anthea received her Masters in Herbal and Nutritional Medicine from the College of Herbal Education in Salt Lake City, UT. Her passion for natural medicine began at a young age and was nurtured by her parents who encouraged her education and passion. With an accumulation of over 10 years of study, practice and teaching clients, she places a high priority on facilitating and acting as an education point for her clients, with the goal to set them up for life. Herbal medicine, as our ancestors used, was not meant to become reliant on like another supplement, but to teach the body to work for itself again so that it may function without the need of assistance from an outside source. Now, as a mother of two little ones, she hopes to provide others with the same opportunities in health via education, tools and skills. She enjoys the diverse experiences and is rewarded by the friendships and business partnerships she makes along the way.