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"Dittany is a powerful healing herb and restorative and may be eaten raw to cure shallow wounds."
Phyllida Spore, One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi[src]

Dittany was a magical plant used in potion-making. It was a powerful healing herb and restorative.[4] Its use made fresh skin grow over a wound and after application the wound seemed several days old.[6]

Dittany was one of the plants found in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi.[4][8]


"Greenish smoke billowed upward and when it has cleared, Harry saw that the bleeding had stopped. The Wound now looked several days old; new skin stretched over what had been open flesh."
— The fast effect of dittany[src]

The healing effects of dittany taking place

Dittany was a healing and restorative herb, one of the plants found in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi.[8] In addition to dittany's essence being applied topically, the raw plant could be consumed to heal shallow to moderate wounds.[4]

If used in a mixture with silver, it could cure werewolf bites. It would prevent the victim from bleeding to death from the bite, but not cure them of lycanthropy.[9] Shredded dittany was an ingredient in the creation of the Wiggenweld Potion. Also known as Burning Bush, it sometimes released flammable vapours.[1] A sick baby might be cured with the application of dittany.[10] Dittany could also be used to heal doxy bites.


"She's responded well to the Dittany. She was born to run, you see. I think she's just lacking in confidence..."
Newt Scamander regarding a female Zouwu in his ownership[src]

A piece of Dittany

In 1927, Newton Scamander managed to heal an injured female Zouwu with dittany, which had been formerly owned by the Circus Arcanus.[11]

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Pomona Sprout taught fifth year Herbology students about dittany, in preparations for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels that year.[2]

During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts, Professor Sprout grew some dittany, along with Sage and Lavender in the Hogwarts greenhouses, in order to give to Jacob's sibling, who then gave it to Centaurs in the Forbidden Forest as an offering in order to be welcomed into the Centaur Camp.[12]

An illustration of dittany in Magical Drafts and Potions

Harry Potter researched dittany in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi during his first year at Hogwarts, as part of his Herbology homework during the 1991–1992 school year.[8]

"There may be a certain amount of scarring, but if you take dittany immediately we might avoid even that...."
— Healing wounds, received from a curse[src]

In 1997, Severus Snape suggested that Draco Malfoy use it after Harry Potter's attack on him using Sectumsempra, saying it may prevent any lasting scarring if taken immediately.[5]

A clove of dittany

Later that year, Hermione Granger used Essence of Dittany to heal Ron Weasley's arm when he splinched it Disapparating soon after the trio's escape from the British Ministry of Magic in 1997.[6] She used it again to heal the snake bite Harry received on his arm from Nagini after they were attacked in Godric's Hollow,[13] and once more following the Break-in of Gringotts, to heal the burns they had received from the burning treasure contained with the Lestrange Vault.[14]

Dittany might be quite rare because Hermione was only able to obtain a small bottle of it for her, Harry and Ron's travels. Alternatively, as only small amounts were needed to heal the various wounds the trio acquire, perhaps a little went a long way. Essence of Dittany was described as a brown liquid.[6]

A troll's hand healed with dittany

Mathilda Grimblehawk's partner used dittany to heal wounds on a Mountain Troll that was mistakenly transported from the Alps to London.[15]

During the Calamity which affected the wizarding world in the 2010s, volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force frequently collected and used dittany as a potion ingredient, particularly in the brewing of the Healing Potion.[3]


"Dittany" comes from the Ancient Greek δίκταμνον, supposedly Δικτή, meaning Dicte. Dicte is a mountain in Crete, the plant grew on.

Behind the scenes

Dittany as depicted as a mushroom in the first video game

  • In the GBA and PC version of Philosopher's Stone video game, dittany is incorrectly depicted as a type of mushroom instead of being a green leafy plant.
  • In Book 8 of Natural History[16], Pliny the Elder stated that deer consume dittany to remove arrows from their wounds, which revealed the plant's healing virtues. Twice in the Harry Potter series, dittany is mentioned in connection to an individual whose corporeal Patronus is a stag or a doe. After Draco Malfoy is attacked by Harry, Severus Snape recommended the use of dittany to prevent scarification. Later Hermione uses the Essence of Dittany to heal Harry's snake bite.
  • Dittany stalk is, so far, the only wand core in canon taken from a plant.


Notes and references

Blossom Degrasse · Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Sanjay Shanker · Selina Sapworthy · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)