Oregano – Origanum Vulgare
Oregano is an upright growing perennial herb.
It can become quite tall, about 80 cm (32 in). The red-brown stem is square-shaped. Oregano has beautiful clusters of dark pink flowers. Oregano is harvested in the summer when in flower.
The name oregano comes from the Greek and means “mountain delight”.
Oregano is often called for in Italian cooking. It works well in pasta dishes and with cheese and tomato.
Freshly chopped oregano leaves can spice up a salad.
Dried oregano has a much stronger taste than fresh oregano.
Some believe oregano tea a good herbal remedy to fight coughs.
Oregano oil sold today is most often mixed with olive oil because pure oregano oil is far too strong. Oregano has strong antiseptic qualities.
A couple drops of medical-grade oregano oil are used by many to treat coughs, bronchitis and asthma. It is also used to boost the immune system. Make sure the oregano oil is approved for internal consumption.
It is said to work well on toenail fungus. Put a couple drops of oregano oil twice daily on your toenail fungus and your nails should get better in a months’ time.
Oregano oil is also known as a promoter of menstruation.
Oregano oil is used in some perfumes for men. Oregano leaves and flowers are used in dried in potpourris.
Warning: Do not use the oregano oil internally unless it has been approved for that use. When you use the oregano essential oil externally be sure to test it on a small area first as it is known to cause skin irritation on some people. Pregnant women should not use oregano as a medicine. Always consult your doctor.
Folklore and Myth
In Ancient Greece it was a good omen if anyone found oregano growing on a grave. That was a sure sign that the dead person was doing well in afterlife.
It was also a symbol of joy and often part of the wraths worn by the bride and groom. They also believed oregano would protect them from evil powers.