The oregano plants are
well known food seasonings, as well as having a long
history as medicinal plants. The leaves can either be
used fresh or dried. Crushing the leaves before using
them will release the aroma.
Dried oregano leaves are used as a culinary herb in
meat and sausage products, salads, soups, and barbeque
sauces. The essential oil of oregano is used in food
products, cosmetics, and liqueurs.
Oregano comes from the labiate’s family like basil.
Its natural habitat is the mountainous region around
the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient Greeks and Romans
introduced oregano to Europe and the Spaniards brought
it to the new world. The name oregano means joy of the
Medicinal uses: Ancient Greeks used oregano as an antidote
and it was also used by Ancient Egyptian herbalists
for medicinal purposes.
Oregano can be taken to strengthen and stimulate the
stomach. To help heal bruises and contusions, mix dried
oregano leaves with some honey and apply as a salve.
Key Components: essential oil, volatile oil, tannins,
resin, sterols, flavonoids