Dittany of Crete


Bane & Beauty

The rare Dittany of Crete is a relative of Oregano which grows wild only on the mountainous terrain of the the Grecian Island of Crete, where its use dates back to Ancient Minoan times. It grows the furriest leaves I have ever seen, which are incredibly soft and supple when young, followed by delicate pink-white flowers from beneath papery shells.

If Ever Stuck by Arrows

In lore, Dittany of Crete is a plant given by Zeus to his birthplace, the island of Crete. Here it is sacred also to Diktynna, another name for the Greek virginal goddess of hunting, Britomartis. Similarly it is seen connected to the more commonly known Artemis, another virginal goddess of the hunt, with whom Britomartis is closely connected and who is often crowned with the plant. Aristotle, Galen, Plutarch, Cicero, and Pliney the Elder allspeak of goatsusing Dittany to heal wounds from poison arrows, a…

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