Love potion, talisman, magic spells, herbal cures, these are just a few of the many applications in which oregano has been used since ancient folklore times. In fact, people still use oregano much in the same way as they did hundreds of years ago. Did you know that just one tablespoon of oregano packs the same amount of antioxidants as a medium-size apple. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, which are strong antiseptics used in mouthwashes that inhibit growth of bacteria and fungi. Dont you just love that nature has always provided us with such a beautiful array of life-promoting herbs and plants?
Botanically known as Origanum vulgare, which in Greek means joy of the mountains, oregano is a small shrub with many stems covered in green oval-shaped leaves, and when in bloom, it is covered with small pale-purplish or pink flowers. Oregano is native to the Mediterranean region where it grows as a perennial plant, and in the intemperate climates of North America it grows as an annual plant. This hot flowery herb is a staple in Italian, Greek, and Mexican cuisines. Continue reading