Oregano, also known as real origanum or wild marjoram, is used as a spice and healing plant. It belongs to the labiate family. You can recognize this herbaceous plant with a stature height of 20 to 70 centimeters by its herb-aromatic fragrance. Originally native to the Mediterranean, it can now be found almost all over Europe. The drier the location, the more intense the smell and taste of oregano.
Oregano has been known as a spice in Mediterranean cuisine for around 400 years. The history of oregano as a healing and magical plant is equally long. Oregano is said to protect against evil forces and was therefore included in bridal bouquets or worn in shoes. It has a nickame in German “Wohlgemut” (well feeling) because it should make grief disappear and bring courage.
In herbal medicine, oregano was already popular with the ancient Greeks as a warming herb. It has also been used to cure hemorrhoids and as a contraceptive.
In modern time, oregano oil is used effectively in aromatherapy against bacteria due to its high phenol content. Think of this popular helper for sore throats and throat infections, inflammation, catarrhs and other diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as well as indigestion and inflammation in the gastrointestinal area. Oregano oil has brought relief to many people – give it a try!