Toad Hollow's Dittany-of-Crete:Origanum dictamus, Diktamos, Hop Marjoram, Winter Sweet or Dittany of Crete is grown on the Isle of Crete where it is considered to be a magic herb. The locals call it "eronda," which means love, for its aphrodisiac properties. It has fragrant flowers and aromatic silver-gray velvet foliage. Toad Hollow's best quality dried Dittany of Crete herb, consisting of flowering tops and leaves is pictured below
As a medicinal herb, Dittany of Crete has been used to heal wounds, cure snake bites, soothe pain and ease childbirth. Virgil mentions it in this verse from The Aeneid:
A branch of healing Dittany she brought
Which in the Cretan fields with care she sought
Rough is the stem, which woolly leaves surround
The leaves with flowers, the flowers with purple crowned.
Well known to goats; a sure relief
To draw the pointed steel and ease the grief.
Inspired by the recipes in Suzanne's book, I created a beautiful blend of dittany, gum mastic, garden sage, lavender and coriander seed... in equal parts except two times as much gum mastic. First I gently pounded the mastic and the coriander seed in a mortar and pestle, then I added the rest of the ingredients and ground them down to a uniform powder. I used a thin mica plate over my hot charcoal to gently release the lovely aroma of the mastic resin and the herbs.For the ultimate sensual aromatic experience, mix your ground herbal blend into a bit of labdanum ("rock rose") resin and form into little balls. They will simmer on the mica plate and release an aroma that is simply to die for. We thoroughly recommend that you try this at home!.
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