Origanum dictamnus L.

Dittany all the way from Crete is an endemic plant. It is one of the twenty plant species recognized in the decorative motifs of Minoan palaces, while its seeds have been found in excavations at Knossos, Pylos and Mycenaea. The therapeutic uses of dittany since the time of Hippocrates to the traditional medicine of modern times are many. It has been used for tonsillitis and sore throat, colds, diabetes and obesity, headache, toothache, gingivitis and bad breath as well as an emmenagogue, anti-rheumatic, diuretic, analgesic and diuretic aid.

A herb with strong antioxidant activity

Current studies have shown that the extracts and essential oil of dittany, rich in lipids, flavonoids and terpenoids, mainly carvacrol and thymol, have several antioxidant pharmacological properties, due to its high content of phenolic components.

EMA has approved the use of this versatile herb as a traditional medicine for the treatment of cough associated with colds as well as for the relief of gastrointestinal symptoms.


Lela Vavouraki