Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a wild-growing herb, also known as marjoram. There are over 20 species of this herb and their classification is rather confused. It grows in Asia, India, South America and is widely used in South Italy as a culinary herb. Dried crumbled, sometimes powdered, herb is the major component of the famous seasoning marketed in small packages labeled Oregano. Oregano is used in salads, meat dishes and sauces. Oregano gives dishes a delicate and piquant flavor. In Italian cuisine, oregano is added to pizzas, for example, to the famous Pizza Margherita Origanum oil is used in perfumery as aroma compound for shampoos, fragrances and toilet water.
Nutrients in Oregano
- Essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol and terpene.
- Vitamin C.
- Tannin substances.
Oregano Health Benefits
- This fragrant herb has antibacterial and asepticizing properties.
- Accordingly, oregano helps against: bronchial asthma, bronchitis, air passage inflammations, coughs and tuberculosis;
- rheumatism, convulsions and migraine;
- tympanties, appetite loss, diarrhea;
- Oregano acts as a mild soporific and soothes the nervous system.
- Calms down strong sexual desire.
- It also accelerates wound-healing and eases toothache.
Note: It’s great idea to use oregano for relaxation baths and wash hair with oregano tea for strong hair roots. When adding to dishes, rub oregano with your fingers to release stronger flavor.