Oregano is an herb and essential with strong antimicrobial action. Its strong phenolic constituents of carvacrol and thymol have been studied and proven effective against a variety of microbes, insects, parasites, and other pests. It may also be helpful to cardiac health with potential in reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. In addition, it has shown blood sugar level lowering capabilities.
Oregano translates in Greek to mean: brightness of the mountain.
Over 100 research articles have been catalogued on oregano. It has strong antimicrobial activities and has shown action against a variety of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It has also shown potential as an insecticidal, repellent, and against parasites. In vitro studies have shown anti-cancer and antioxidant actions. The herb may also be helpful in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Origanum vulgare
Oregano is a green aromatic herb with small oblong leaves and clusters of small pink flowers.
Leaves are prepared fresh or dried. For making a tea, steep 1 tsp of dried herb, or 2 tsp of fresh herb in 1-2 cups of hot water for five minutes. Strain and drink.
Leaves and stems are steam distilled to make a light, clear oil that reddens with time. The aroma is spicy, herbaceous, and green. It has valuable medicinal properties, but is not typically used in perfumery.