Dittany of Crete


Dittany is a healing, therapeutic and aromatic plant that only grows wild on the mountainsides and gorges of the Greek island of Crete, Greece.Known in Greek as; which is one of the Greek words for love and the Greek God of love, sexual desire and fertility. This is because the herb was associated with love since the ancient times, it is said to be an aphrodisiac and traditionally given to newly weds to ignite their passion. Aphrodite is said to have used it, and Hippocrates prescribed it. Its full medical value is still being researched, but from the oral and written history it is clear this is a unique healing herb. It is mentioned in the writings of Homer, Aristotle, Evripides, Theofrastos, Virgil, Plutarch, Dioskourides and Galinos. It is a tender perennial plant that grows 20–30 cm high. This small shrub is easily recognised by the distinctive soft, woolly covering of white-grey hair on its stems and round green leaves, giving it a velvety texture.

Flavour / Look.

Pleasant taste. The longer Dittany is left to infuse the more bitter it will become.

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Botanical name.

Origanum dictamnus.


We recommend that you review these articles as we are constrained as to the type of information that we can provide you with;


https://www.herbalgreece.com/health-benefits- of-dittany- of-crete/

https://greekality.com/2016/02/29/small-but- mighty-dittany- of-crete/