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Oregano - Origanum vulgareImmediate immune support; promotes healthy bacterial response; sinus support; sore throat; bad breath; irritated skin.
Used in ancient Greek medicine, oregano leaf was lauded for its ability to support respiratory, digestive, and immune system health. Oregano leaf was also praised for its amelioration of menstrual challenges. Recent research has focused on oregano leaf's potential as a free radical scavenger and for its immune system support.
Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids. Additionally, oregano has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes.
The leaves and flowering stems are strongly antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic. Aqueous extracts, capsules, or oil extracts of oregano are taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, fungal infections, indigestion, stomach upsets, enteric parasites, and painful menstruation.
It is a strong sedative and should not be taken in large doses, though mild teas have a soothing effect and ensure restful sleep. Used topically, Oregano is one of the best antiseptics because of its high Thymol content.
Oregano Oil has a warm, spicy herbaceous odor. Helps support a healthy respiratory system. CAUTION: This oil can be very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. It should be diluted to no more than 1% and first tested on a small patch of skin.
Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long. Oregano will grow in a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acid) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. The flowers are purple, 3–4 mm long, produced in erect spikes. It is sometimes called Wild Marjoram.
|Not known to be safe during pregnancy.|