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Description

Dittany of Crete is a small ground covering herb found only in the rocky mountainous regions of the island of Crete in Greece.
This rock-loving hardy little bush has rounded leaves, tough exterior and colonises in hard places.

In the Aegean region, Dittany was used to heal wounds, ease the pain of childbirth, flavor wine and liqueur, and make tasty sauces for fish. Virgil reported that injured wild goats would seek out the plant for healing. As Dittany’s reputation grew, legends stated that consuming the herb would cause injuries to heal immediately—even expel arrows from wounds, cause poison to leave the body, banish venomous snakes to their dens, etc., etc. While not a miracle cure, Dittany does have anti-microbial properties that can aid in healing.

Medicinal Use

Dittany leaf is simmered in ale or wine with vervain, hyssop, and pennyroyal to ease the pain of childbirth. Mix the herbs and simmer two teaspoons of the herbs per cup of liquid for twenty minutes; take up to two cups per day in half-cup doses. Simmer the herbor roots, using two tablespoons per cup, for twenty minutes. This can be applied to sprains, bruises, and rheumatism by means of a cloth fomentation.

Spiritual/Magical Use

Dittany of Crete is regarded as one of the best herbs for causing spirits to manifest. Dittany is burned in generous amounts and the spirits appear in the smoke. It is also used to create a favorable environment for trance work and astral projection.

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Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.