Also known by its botanical name Origanum dictamnus, dittany is endemic to Crete where it’s called “erondas” as in folk lore it’s believed to act as an erotic potion when burned. Of course, on Crete it’s also recommended for the cold or flu, headaches, and digestion problems.

Before its systematic cultivation, dittany was a rare plant and is distinguished by its pale pink or mauve flowers. Its blossoms are used in dittany tea while its leaves are used to produce alcoholic beverages like vermouth.

Preparation: Place 2 tsp. dittany in a cup. Cover with boiling water and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and serve.

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