Dittany of Crete

Origanum dictamnus

Carefully selected leaves and flowers of Dittany of Crete 22gr, naturally dried and placed in a suitable and certified for food bag with a zip, for easy opening and closing, to preserve its aromas but also to offer direct visual contact with the product.

The paper bag that encloses the product carries all the data and the ways of preparation and allows easy product-shelving and brand recognition, at any time.

•  Natural product
•  Does not contain caffeine
•  Served hot or cold
•  Can be wonderfully combined with Malotira and Cretan Sage
•  Culinary uses

Dittany of Crete
Dried flowers and leaves

  22gr            31            90°            5′

In our collection of aromatic plants offered, the plant dictamos stands alone as one of the most significant aromatic – medicinal plant of Crete; the relevant references date back to Antiquity, made by some of the experts of the time, such as Hippocrates, Theofrastos and Dioscouridis. All of them praise the medicinal properties of the plant.

Dittany is an endemic phrygana of Crete and its name comes from the words Dikti (mountain of Crete) and shrub.

It grows in mountainous and steep limestone areas, on gorge slopes and ravines. It is a small plant with a length of 30 to 40 cm, with very strong smell and taste, its leaves are relatively small but thick, with a fluffy coating and its flowers are violet.

It is known by many popular names. Thus, it is called Erontas or Eros (love), Stamatochorto, Diktamnos, Adiktamnos, Stomatochorto, Stomachohorto.

According to a theory, it has been named love because when used it causes erotic arousal, while the spots where it  self-seeds are so steep and difficult to approach that only someone in love would risk approaching it and cutting it off, to offer it to his loved one as a sign of faith and love.

*The pharmacy of Cretan nature

•  Healing and astringent properties

•  Soothes stomach and bowel pain

•  Treats bad breath

•  Helps treat gingivitis

•  Diuretic

•  Antioxidant

•  Stimulates menstruation (helps to treat amenorrhoea)

•  Soothing properties (advisable for nervous disorders, nervous headaches and other conditions of the nervous system)

•  Anthelmintic, anti-microbial and anti-spasm properties

*The mentions of the “pharmacy of Cretan nature” come from bibliographic sources, traditional practices and empirical use.

Proposal for preparing beverages

Try it...

•  Herbal tea

•  Culinary herb (alone or in combination with other culinary herbs and spices)

•  Essential oil

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