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Transcript of Oregano
Historical Medicinal Uses
It is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family.
It is a small shrub with multi-branched stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers.
Today, several varieties of oregano are grown in many different parts of the world.
The name "oregano" means "joy of the mountain".
Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy), but it is just commonly called oregano.
The scientific name for oregano is Origanum vulgare.
Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has pinkish/purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length.
Its leaves are coarse, oval, and fuzzy.
The plant is dark green when fresh and light green when dried.
As the name implies, Greek oregano originates on the mountain slopes of Greece.
According to Greek mythology, the sweet, spicy scent of oregano was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness and grew it in her garden on Mount Olympus.
Oregano can be grown by using new plants from seeds or by dividing an established plant.
Oregano is hardy, needing only little maintenance.
Oregano is a wonderful herb with many benefits and healing properties.
It has been used for thousands of years as a spice and as a medicine.
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used Oregano as an antiseptic and as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments.
Historical Medical Uses
Wild oregano and its essential oil are used to kill bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites and viruses.
As a tea, the remedy is very safe.
It is also used to treat many problems such as: diarrhea, intestinal gas, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs, nervous tension, breathing difficulties, dandruff, diaper rash, rheumatism, earache, toothache, bee stings and venomous bites, as well as relieving cramps, reduce fever and the effects of mumps and measles.
Historical Medical Uses
Oregano contains a volatile oil rich in a pungent-tasting carvacrol (disinfectant).
It also contains:
thymol (antiseptic) and
You can drink several cups a day.
Oil of oregano is very potent and should not be taken internally for longer than 2-4 weeks.
The oil should be highly diluted for internal use.
Oregano oil is not recommended for long-term daily use.
Ingesting high doses of undiluted essential oil is discouraged, as it can damage the liver.
Oregano is almost always use in cooked dishes, as it has a somewhat biting quality when used fresh.
In Greek cooking, oregano is used in:
and with vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans.
If you mention spaghetti sauce or pizza the culinary mind turns to oregano as a logical companion.
Another name for oregano is wild marjoram.
Its popularity in the US began in the 1940s.
After WWII, servicemen from the US returning from Italy developed a fondness of the herb that was then used to flavor pizza.
Current Uses of Oregano
Possible Side Effects
Too much = NO GOOD!