Common name: dictame, Dictame de Crete (French), dictame vrai, dictamnus, diktamo, dittany, Dittany of Candie, Dittany of Crete, hop marjoram, hop plant, Mangirotu, origan dictame, Spanish hops
Origin: Dittany of Crete originated on the island of Crete and is named for the mountain Dicte on Crete.
History: Ancient shepherds noticed that wild goats would seek out dittany after being wounded by arrows. After eating the plant the arrows fell out and the wounds healed. Shepherds discovered that eating dittany helped heal open wounds in humans also. Later shepherds developed compresses made from dittany leaves.
According to Virgils version of the Trojan War, Aeneas was severely wounded by an arrow so deeply embedded that it could not be removed. His mother, the Roman Goddess Venus, took some dittany of Crete from Mount ida on the island of Crete, applied it to Aeneas wound, causing the arrow to drop out and healing the wound immediately.
Dittany was popular as a therapeutic plant in Minoan Crete, ancient Greece, and ancient Egypt (Kemet). Hippocrates recommended dittany for stomach and digestive system diseases, rheumatism and arthritis, regulating menstruation, healing wounds, and toning the body.
Dittany of Crete is mentioned in Charlemagnes herb list and was popular throughout the Christian Dark Ages (medieval times).
The active ingredient of Dittany of Crete is the essential oil carvacrol. Dittany of Crete acts as an antiheumatic, oxytoxic, stomachic, and vulnerary.
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