Dittany (Origanum dictamnus) is the diamond of Crete.
The rheological approach of the word “dittany” confirms its origin, it is a compound word consisting of two synthetic parts, the words “Dikti” (mountain of Crete, where Zeus was born) and “bush”. According to Greek mythology, Zeus gave the dittany to the Cretans in return for the care they gave him as an infant.
It is used in traditional, Cretan (mainly) cuisine as an aromatic herb reminiscent of oregano and marjoram, but also as a decoction. It is also used in the distillery as a herbal aromatic and in perfumery.
Dittany is a popular and hard to find herb with a multitude of properties and traditions surrounding its miraculous properties.
It is also called eros(n)tas as it enhances erotic stimulation and also because of the risky passion of the young people of Crete to collect it from steep, rocky areas.
According to Aristotle, when the wild goats (kri-kri) of Crete chewed its leaves and put them on their wounds from the arrows of their predators, they healed immediately!
Other traditional names of dittany are stopwort (the grass that stops pain), but also stomachwort (the grass of the stomach), with reports that Hippocrates administered it in gastrointestinal disorders.
Indicatively mentioned some more actions, as it has antioxidant action, stimulates the muscles, causes menstruation, relieves the gastrointestinal and has a positive effect on kidney diseases.
It is forbidden to use it during pregnancy!
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