The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Cunila origanoides L.
  • Mint family

Common Names

  • American dittany
  • Gas plant

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Dittany is a wiry-stemmed, branched perennial that grows about 1 to 2 feet in height. The leaves are oval, 1 inch long, toothed, oregano-scented. Small violet to white flowers, the throats are hairy with 2 stamens, bloom in clusters in July to October.
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Where Found

Found in dry woods and thickets. Southeastern New York to Florida; Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.
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Medicinal Properties

Febrifuge, emmenagogue
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The leaf tea is a folk remedy for colds, fevers, headaches, snakebites, and thought to induce menses.

Used as an insecticide and smoked as a nicotine-free tobacco. Used as an anitdote for sheep that have been poisoned by eating common laurel (Kalmia latifolia).
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Avoid during pregnancy until last weeks of term; uterine stimulant.

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Buy It! American Folk Medicine, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

Buy It! Culpeper’s Complete Herbal & English Physician: Updated With 117 Modern Herbs, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

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