Xenophon harvests Cretan Dittany from the foothills of the White Mountains near the village of Lakki close to the famous Samaria Gorge. Cretan Dittany has soothing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It also prevents irritations and is ideal for use on a sore throat and abdominal pain. The flowering plant has also been used as an oxytocic.
The Greek name Dictamnus, is derived from the Greek words "Dikti" and "thamnus" meaning the bush of mountain Dikti. Another urban legend explains why the plant is also called "erondas" which means love.
According to local legend, men who were overwhelmed and driven by love and passion would climb the dangerous remote slopes of Mount Dikti to gather the plants for their beloved ones. It was very popular in Minoan Crete and Ancient Greece as a highly therapeutic plant. The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote: "Wild goats in Crete are said, when wounded by arrow, to go in search of dittany, which is supposed to have the property of ejecting arrows in the body."
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