Oregano is an aromatic perennial herb that can grow to about two feet in height. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is cultivated worldwide. The name Oreganum is the contraction of two Greek words, oros meaning mountain and ganos meaning joy. Together the words suggest the beauty that oregano lends to the fields and hilltops on which it grows. Oregano was used extensively by the Greeks for conditions ranging from convulsions to heart failure.
What it does
Oregano oil contains compounds which have potent antic-bacterial and anti-fungal actions. It acts as an expectorant, breaking up and eliminating mucous from the digestive tract.
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Oregano also contains Vitamins A and C and thymol which is a potent anti-oxidant, helping protect against free radical damage.
Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with oregano.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using oregano.