Dittany, an endemic aromatic plant that is emblematic of Crete, grows wild on the island’s steep cliffsides. Popular since antiquity, identified in folk myths with all aspects of life, it is known by many names that reveal its healing properties, such as “stomach herb”. It has been used therapeutically for centuries, as an aid to facilitate the proper functioning of the digestive system, to soothe stomach upsets, and to relieve cold symptoms and pains. Cretans have enjoyed its distinct flavor daily for hundreds of years; it is an integral element of the Cretan diet, which is scientifically recognized for its nutritional value and its contribution to well-being and longevity.
For enhanced potency, the blend is enriched with active dry dittany extract.
The European Medicines Agency recognizes dittany as an herbal medicinal product for traditional use for coughs and mild gastrointestinal problems.
In Crete, where we collect our dittany, it is also known as Erondas (from Eros = love, infatuation), because gathering this herb on the steep slopes of the Cretan mountains is hard, like the sufferings of love, but the suffering is worth the reward!
Our dittany is cultivated in Southern Crete, at an altitude of 400 m. The genetic material for the cultivated plants comes from wild populations, helping to preserve this endangered species.
Dittany summer drink.
A new gastronomical idea was created to make the historic use of dittany better known and to combine its aromas with citrus fruits, for an invigorating summer drink.
Ingredients – for 1 pitcher (750ml)
3 Greek Organic Dittany pyramids, 4-5 mountain tea flowers, 5 orange slices, 2 tsp honey (optional)
In a pitcher, add 3 glasses of water, 3 Greek Organic Dittany pyramids, and the mountain tea flowers. Keep covered in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Before serving, remove the pyramids from the pitcher. Serve your chilled drink in a glass over ice and add the orange slices.
Tip: If you would like to add Symbeeosis honey to your beverage, dissolve the honey in a little tepid water and then add it to the pitcher with the pyramids.
Dittany, traditionally known for its soothing properties, combines well with the relaxing effect of chamomile.
If you want to make your beverage sweeter, add some honey and orange peels.
Use the metal container as a flowerpot to grow chamomile at home – a fun activity you can share with the kids