Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a species of flower plants in the mint family Lamiaceae. It was native to the Mediterranean region but widely naturalized elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
Oregano is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram. It has purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It is a perennial, although it is grown as an annual in colder climates, as it often does not survive the winter. Oregano is planted in early spring, the plants being spaced 30 cm (12 in) apart in fairly dry soil, with full sun. It will grow in a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline), with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. It prefers a hot, relatively dry climate, but does well in other environments.
Health Benefits of Oregano
Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. It has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It adds flavor, and it may have a number of health benefits.
Oregano has been used for the treatment of chronic candidacies through its antifungal . Ideally for this particular ailment, enteric coated capsules are recommended to ensure that the tablets pass through the stomach and disintegrate in the intestine.
People around the Mediterranean region have used oregano for centuries in herbal medicine to treat many ailments, including:
- skins sores
- aching muscles
- to boost overall health
Scientists need to do more research to confirm the benefits of using oregano, but there is some evidence that it could help:
- fight bacteria
- relieve inflammation
- regulate blood sugar and lipids
- fight cancer