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Oregano (Origanum vulgare hirtum)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is an aromatic perennial and herbaceous bush which grows in the Mediterranean and Central Asia.

It belongs in the genus of Origanum and the family of Lamiaceae.

The term ‘oregano’ mainly refers to the typical fragrance and taste of some herbs.

Depending on the region, it blossoms from June to August.

Greek oregano (‘rigani’) is one of the best worldwide.

It has many pharmaceutic properties. One of its most well-known active substances is carvacrol, which is antimicrobial.


Oregano in ancient Greece

Oregano in ancient Greece had a variety of uses. It used to symbolize joy and happiness and its branches were used to make the wreaths in wedding ceremonies.

Theophrastus and Dioscorides mention in their literature that Hippocrates used to use oregano for the treatment of gastric and breathing disorders.

He also used to use it as an antiseptic for wounds.

Medicinal properties of oregano

Oregano is a herb with high concentration of vitamin C. Its antioxidant properties are 12 times higher than orange, 30 times higher than potato and 42 more than apple.

It works against intestine weakness, it has expectorant properties against cough, it eases digestion, it fights hypertension and relaxes the nervous system.

It fights against inflammation of the mouth cavity and the tonsils.

It fights against lice and tooth pain.

It prevents the development of bacteria and fungus.

It is a herb rich in antioxidants and it slows down cell degradation. It contains more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables.

It reinforces collagen production and protects the good condition of teeth and gum. It has remarkable concentration of vitamin E.

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