Latin Name : Origanum Dictamnus
As the name of this herb suggests, it grows wild only in Crete, and there it grows in gorges and mountainsides. It has a reputation as being an aphrodisiac and throughout the centuries young men have risked life and limb to collect this herb.
Dittany of Crete, the Diktamo, is one of the best herbs for health and beauty.
Dittany has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties due to the phenol carvacrol. It can be used as an antirheumatic, oxytocic, stomachic and vulnerary.
It 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.
According to a research dittany acts against pathogenic bacteria of the oral cavity, but also against potential pathogenic fungi such as Candida albicans. It also acts as an antidiabetic and as aphrodisiac.
Dittany is also used externally as a poultice on wounds and bruises.