Diktamo, also known as Dittany of Crete, is a herbal tea served at The Greek Larder that is rumoured to have healing and therapeutic qualities. Diktamo grows wild on the island of Crete and is then dried out for the leaves to be used as a tea. It has been used since ancient times for various ailments, including being used as a paste to relieve stomach pains and skin inflammations.
The dried leaves of Dittany of Crete can also be thrown into a bath to aid relaxation and as general tonic.
Apparently Aristotle, Hippocrates and Theophrastus all extolled the virtues of the ‘miracle cure’ in various ancient writings, and the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite herself was reputed to use it to treat Aeneas during the Trojan War.
Whether for its rare flavour or its apparent pain relieving properties, make sure you try it here at The Greek Larder.