Dittany, Stone Mint – Cunila origanoides

Parts used: leaf, flower

Traditional uses: Related to Oregano and Marjoram and can be used in similar ways. As an infusion it’s good for colds and to help open up the sinuses. Boiled strong it helps the body sweat and can aid in lowering fevers. Infusion used to help aid a painful birth. Used as a stimulant and tonic. Contains trace amounts of thujone, an active chemical also found in wormwood, mugwort, and yarrow, and may cause drowsiness or headaches. Use only in small amounts and with caution.

*** Cautions: Contains trace amounts of thujone ***

For chills – “Mountain Diteny (Cunila) is good to use to stop chills.” ~Parler FBA II 1756

For colds – “For a severe cold, make a tea of Mountain ditney…sweeten with molasses and drink one-half teacup full before going to bed.” ~Parler FBA II 1830

For fevers – “Tea made out of Ditney weed…will cure a fever.” ~Parler FBA II 2202


Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)