Oregano is a popular culinary herb, used in cooking for the flavor of its leaves. It has an aromatic, slightly bitter taste. Its scientific name is Origanum vulgare and it belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae).The name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). This herb is native to warm western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region.
The chemicals that give oregano its specific and unique smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene and caryophyllene.
Not only does oregano provide food flavor, it is also an important medicinal herb that has been used in medicine for thousands of years. Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments.
Oregano is a powerful antimicrobial because it contains thymol and carvacol, two oils with significant bacteria-fighting power.
This herb is a powerful antioxidant due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Oregano is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and urinary tract disorders.
When applied topically it helps treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff.
Oregano helps fight fatigue and headaches and can relieve toothache and muscle pain.
It kills intestinal parasites and repels insects.
Oregano is a rich source of vitamin K – an important vitamin which promotes bone growth and production of blood clotting proteins.
It is high in fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, calcium and other important minerals.
This herb is also a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Oregano is one of the healthiest and tastiest herbs on Earth, so if you don`t have a supply of oregano in your kitchen – hurry to get some!