Oregano (common)

Origanum vulgare

Also known as wild marjoram or mountain mint. Not to be confused with marjoram (Origanum majorana), which has a similar aspect.

The story…

Oregano is native to Europe. It has been introduced in the Middle East and is now used as a condiment or to flavor white wine in Mediterranean food, but also in Philippines and Latin America, especially Argentina. It grows on a light and chalky soil, in sunny areas and protected from wind. According to the Greek mythology, plenty can be found on Mount Olympus, which led to the name origanon, “brightness of the mountain”.

Uses

Immune system

Oregano infusion participates in immune system reinforcement. It helps when catching a cold and in case of flu or tonsillitis, or as medium-term treatment during a few weeks in periods of tiredness.

Digestion and antispasmodic

Oregano reduces intestinal fermentations by acting on bacteria present in the digestive tract, which diminishes bloating. It has an antispasmodic effect on digestive cramp by relaxing muscles of the digestive tract wall and ensures smooth intestinal transit. It also whets the appetite for convalescent people. Drink a small concentrated infusion or tincture with some water before the meal.

The antispasmodic effect also eases menstrual cramp by acting on the womb muscles.

Joint and muscle pain

Apply locally to ease sore joints and muscles, for example torticollis. Use oily macerate for massage.

Preparation

Infusion: between 30 and 50g of dry aerial parts, depending on the quality. Oregano can be combined with ginger for the immune system, and German chamomile and yarrow for menstrual pain. Between 2 and 3 cups per day.

Tincture: approximately 30 drops.

Precautions

Important amounts can have a light exciting effect for sensitive people. Contraindicated for people taking certain anticoagulants or having allergies. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

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