Oregano is an upright perennial herb growing to about 32 inches with a straight stem covered in hair. The leaves are dark green and oval in shape. It will also have a profusion of pink flowers clustered in heads at the top of the branches.
History: The word “oregano” is actually derived from the Greek phrase, “joy of the mountains.” Newly married couples were crowned with wreathes of oregano, and it was also put on graves to give peace to the departed spirits. In China, it has long been used to treat fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Common Uses: Due to high carvacrol and thymol content, Organic Oregano Essential Oil is considered to be “nature’s cure all” as it is reputed to have potent antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. In topical applications, Organic Oregano Oil can be used to treat itches, skin infections, cuts and wounds; and because of its anti-inflammatory properties it is effective against swelling and pain caused by rheumatism. For aromatherapy purposes, Organic Oregano Oil is useful in blends to treat symptoms associated with colds, flu, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. It can also be used as fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes.
Cautions: Oregano is both a dermal irritant and a mucous membrane irritant. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Phytochemicals: Phenols and carvacrol are typical phytochemicals found in Oregano.
Usage: Topical: Apply 1-2 drops to concerned area with carrier oil. Oral: Dilute 1 drop into 2 oz water. Aromatic: Place 1-3 drops into diffuser.