Oregano is a perennial herb, in colder climates it may become an annual, but it might come back every year. Oregano is native to the Mediterranean region and warm temperate western and south-western Eurasia parts so it likes it hot and sunny.
Oregano grows from 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long. The tiny purple or white flowers 3–4 mm long grow in erect spikes and in clusters around the stem.
|Common Name||Oregano herb|
|Latin Name||Origanum vulgare|
|Family||Lamiaceae (Mint Family)|
|Parts Used||Perennial– herb picked in spring/summer growing season|
|Target Organs||Digestion, stomach, respiratory, nervous system, musculo-skeletal, female reproductive|
|Common Uses||Digestion:digestive stomach upset, gas, bloating, indigestion, inflammation, liver congestion, infectionsRespiratory:sinus congestion, infections, coughs, colds, flu, sore throat, bronchitisNervous system: Stress, fatigue, mental, physical
Musculo-skeletal: Arthritis, aches, stiffness, pain,
Female Reproductive: balancing, spasms
|Properties||Antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory (general, local) antioxidant, antiprotozoal, antirheumatic, antispasmodic(digestive, respiratory, uterine) antiviral, anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, astringent, warming carminative, circulatory stimulant, decongestant, diaphoretic, stimulating emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, rubefacient, stomachic, uterine relaxing/stimulating, vasodilator,|
|Constituents||Essential Oil Yield: .2% Esters: linalyl/geranyl acetatePhenols:63% carvacrol, thymol,Monterpene alcohols: 50% borneolMonoterpenes: 10-40%, paracymene, terpinenes, cymene, caryophyllene, pinene,
Oxides: 1, 8 cineole,
Other: coffeic/ursolic/rosmarinic acids, gum, tannins, bitter, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron
|Cautions||Mild remedy in tincture form|
|Dosage||Tincture: 1-4ml Tea: 1-2 tsp essential oil always dilute|