Well-known in Crete for its anti-aging properties, Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus) is a rare and valuable herb that has many benefits for health and wellness as an aromatic, therapeutic and healing wild-grown plant. Dittany of Crete is seen as a “miracle cure all” by the Cretans who live on the beautiful Greek Island of Crete. Dittany of Crete, known also as Diktamos, grows wild only on Crete, and nowhere else in the world. And for thousands of years, since Minoan times, it has been used as a healing herb by the locals.

But Dittany of Crete need not just be classed as a healing herb. It has been used since ancient times as a beauty remedy too. Even the Greek goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite used Dittany of Crete!

And today, thousands of years later, great interest has been shown in the natural beauty remedies made using Dittany of Crete. The rejuvenating anti-aging facial treatments and anti-cellulite body creams are proving to be the newest, most groundbreaking and most talked about innovative beauty products today.

Dittany of Crete has been scientifically tested as an effective treatment for skin conditions, for anti-aging, and helping reduce cellulite. This herb is also a good stress reliever. We all know that a stressful, demanding and worrying lifestyle leads to premature aging, so it makes sense to try to reduce stress.

Try these natural beauty remedies all using Dittany of Crete.

Stress Reliever

Throw a handful of dried Diktamos or a few drops of Dittany of Crete essential oil into a warm bath. The powerful, healing properties of Diktamos will be absorbed through the skin as you soak, and leave you feeling relaxed and de-stressed.

Relaxing Massage

Have a relaxing, stress relieving aromatherapy massage using Dittany of Crete essential oil.

Cellulite Reducer

A top tip for cellulite reduction is using Diktamos as a scrub. To make a good homemade cellulite reducing scrub grind Diktamos dried leaves and mix in with ground oatmeal, add some olive oil to form a paste. Use each day before showering to tackle stubborn cellulite.

Face Mask

Combine a little honey, olive oil, oatmeal and a few drops of Dittany of Crete essential oil to form a paste. Apply to the face and relax for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water to remove the mask.

Skin Freshener

Make an infusion of Diktamos by steeping the herb in boiling water and leaving for several hours. Strain out the herb material and use as a toner or skin freshener before moisturising.

Anti Wrinkle Treatment

Add a couple of drops of Dittany of Crete essential oil to your normal facial moisturiser to help with wrinkles and fine lines.

Hair Tonic

Make an infusion of Diktamos by steeping the herb in boiling water and leaving for several hours. Strain out the herb material and use as a final rinse for hair after shampooing.

Dittany, from the Greek Island of Crete, truly is a miraculous herb for health and beauty!

Source by Alison M Yates