Cretan Dittary or Hop Marjoram (Latin name: Origanum Dictamnus) belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Its name comes from the Cretan mountain named «Δίκτη» as the first synthetic and the second as the bush in Greek «θάμνος» as it is a bushy crop. It is a perennial plant and is one of the most famous Cretan herbs. It blooms from June to August. It grows in mountainous areas. It has been known since the Minoan Age for its healing properties. However, it is also used in cooking, mostly in salads.
It is a traditional drink of Crete, but at the same time, it has many healing properties. It is particularly effective against stomach disorders and soothes vaginitis, mainly due to its healing and astringent action. It also helps with smooth digestion. It has anti-microbial action and in fact, studies confirm it with the use of essential oil from Dittary. Thus, it is used in fevers, flu, and colds. In addition, due to the high concentration of polyphenols, they give the plant a strong antioxidant effect. It relieves headaches, neuralgia, and period pains due to its soothing effects.
In traditional medicine, its juice is used to treat snake bites. Also, women consumed it to help them give birth more easily and quickly, while also using it as an alternative method of abortion. Finally, some still use it against scurvy.
- Leaves with flowers
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.