|Dittany of Crete Quick Facts|
|Name:||Dittany of Crete|
|Scientific Name:||Origanum dictamnus|
As various names are assigned to the plant but among them dictamnos is derived from the Greek words “Dicti’ and ‘thamnos”. The term “Dicti” refers to the name of the Cretan mountain where Zeus was raised up by the goat Amalthia and the term “thamnos” refers shrub in Greek. The aerial parts are used to treat gastric and stomach disorders and also to maintain good health.
Dittany of Crete is highly prized and blooms in summer months. It is exported for use in perfumery, pharmaceuticals and to flavor drinks such as absinthe and vermouth. In Ancient Greece, the plant is prescribed as a cure for various ailments. It is useful for stomach aches and digestive complaints and also used as a poultice for wounds and promotes menstruation. The philosopher Theophrastus and Greek scholar and agreed with Aristotle about the healing properties of Dittany of Crete. It is cultivated in Embaros and surrounding villages, South of Heraklion Crete, used to make herbal tea and also in natural beauty products.
The presence of phenol carvacrol offers antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is used as oxytocic, antirheumatic, vulnerary and stomachic. It is used as a cure for cough, sore throat, aching stomach, menstrual pains, diuretic, hypertensive; cure wounds and helps child birth. Roots are used for treating sciatica and juice is added to wine and consumed to cure snake bites. Moreover, it is used as a cure for stomach problems, rheumatism and gastric. The warm drink acts as anticonvulsive, strengthen heart muscles and arteries and acts as a menstrual tonic. Take it with the mix of honey and cinnamon to soothe cough.
- The flowering plant is used as oxytocic, anti-rheumatic, vulnerary and stomachic.
- It is used to heal gastric ulcers, stomach disorders, spleen problems, facilitate childbirth, rheumatism and gynaecological disorders.
- Bitter root was a cure for bleeding and gastric ulcers.
- It provides relief from cold and mild disorders of stomach.
- Apply the poultice externally on bruises and wounds.
- It is effective for treating skin conditions and lower cellulite.
- It is used for cramps, stomach problems and worms in intestines.
- Chew it to provide relief from ailments in mouth and throat.
- Use the leaves as a flavoring for salads and vermouth.
- Brew the dried flowering tops into herb tea.
- It is used to flavor wine and liquors.
- Use it to season soups and sauces.
- Avoid Dittany of Crete by pregnant and breastfeeding women due to inadequate information.
- Stop to use when experienced allergic reactions. And consult the health practitioner immediately.