Dittany of Crete Leaf - Oreganum dictamnus L.
Dittany of Crete Leaf - Oreganum dictamnus L.

Dittany of Crete Leaf - Oreganum dictamnus L.

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Enjoy the Anti-aging effect of Dittany Tea and it's other health benefits

Dittany of Crete Leaves - Oreganum dictamnus L.

Origin: Greece

Used part: Leaf


Dittany of Crete only grows wild on the Greek Island of Crete and is drunk as a tea as a part of the Cretan diet. It’s also said to be an aphrodisiac. Dittany of Crete is a healing, therapeutic and aromatic plant that grows on the mountainsides and gorges of the Greek island of Crete.

Known as Eronda, Cretan Dittany, Diktamo and the Latin Origanum dictamnus the many branched plant with whitish pink flowers is prized as the Magic herb of Crete. It is endemic only to Crete and has many myths and legends attached to it. From ancient times to the present day Cretan Dittany has been considered a panacea for many ailments. It is used as a paste in poultices to relieve stomach pains and skin inflammations. The dried leaves of Dittany of Crete can also be thrown into a bath to aid relaxation and as general tonic.

Health benefits:

Dittany has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties due to the phenol carvacrol. It can be used as an antirheumatic, oxytocic, stomachic and vulnerary. Dittany is used for digestive tract disorders including cramps, stomach problems and worms in the intestines. It is also used for urinary tract and genital tract disorders. The beverage of this herb relieves headaches and neuralgia. Acts against pathogenic bacteria of the oral cavity, but also against potential pathogenic fungi such as Candida albicans. It also acts as an antidiabetic, emmenagogue and as aphrodisiac.

Dittany is also used externally as a poultice on wounds and bruises. Moreover, it is often used in cosmetics industry, to nourish and hydrate dehydrated skin. Great interest has been shown in the natural beauty remedies made, which include Dittany of Crete. The rejuvenating anti-aging facial treatments and anti-cellulite body creams are proving to be the newest, most groundbreaking and most talked about innovative beauty products today. Other uses include treatment of epilepsy, spasms, fluid retention and liver diseases.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Good for colds and flu
  • Diabetes
  • Weight loss
  • Anti-cellulate and anti-aging
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Fungicide
  • Soothe stomach and intestine
  • Wound and abscess healing


  1. Put one tea spoon of Dittany leaves directly in the bottom of a ceramic tea cup
  2. Add boiling water and let it steep for 3 minutes
  3. Cover your tea cup with a small plate in order to keep all smell and therapeutic benefits inside
  4. Strain and serve with honey and some lemon juice drops
  5. Enjoy it hot or cold

Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.


Not enough is known about the use of dittany during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.