Cretan Dittany bio (Origanum Dictamnus)
Did you know that the Cretans have a longer telomere length? This, combined with our healthy diet and our nutritious herbs -one of them is the famous Cretan Dittany that grows only in Crete worldwide and smells like oregano!- makes us invincible!
Origanum dictamnus, also known as dictamnus creticus, diktamo, erondas, hop marjoram, and winter sweet, is a small shrub found only in the rocky mountainous regions of the island of Crete in Greece. This little lanate shrub is easily identified by the soft, woolly coating of white-grey hair on its stems, round green leaves, and tiny rose-pink flowers surrounded by brighter purple-pink ones, adding a splash of color to the plant.
Known for its healing properties, it has strong antioxidant effects, which are linked to preventing cardiovascular conditions and combating free radicals. Dittany has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties due to the powerful compound carvacrol, which makes it excellent for treating symptoms of the common cold. It is used for digestive tract disorders including cramps, stomach problems, and worms in the intestines, as well as for urinary tract infections, headaches, epilepsy, spasms, fluid retention, and liver diseases.
Dittany not only eliminates harmful bacteria in the oral cavity, but it may also fight pathogenic fungi such as Candida. Dittany can also be used as a poultice for wounds and bruises.
Hot Brew Instructions
Boil 250ml of water. Reduce to low and simmer 1-2 tsp of herb for 5-7 minutes. Strain. Enjoy!
Cold Brew Instructions
Put 1-2 tsp of the herb in a glass jar with 250 ml of filtered water. Put the lid on and shake. Put the jar in the refrigerator for at least 12-14 hours. Strain. Enjoy your cold brew tea.