CategoryHerbs & Supplements
Dostenkraut, Mediterranean oregano, mountain mint, oil of oregano, oregano oil, Origani vulgaris herba, origanum, wild marjoram, Zaatar.
Oregano is a perennial herb. The leaves, stems and flowers are used medicinally. Oregano has been recognized for its aromatic properties since ancient times. In ancient Greece, oregano was called 'Joy of the Mountain' and was considered a symbol of joy and happiness. Ancient Egyptians considered Origanum species to be sacred to the god Osiris, and wove it into crowns or wreaths worn during rituals.
Oregano is commonly used as a food flavoring and preservative. Traditionally, oregano has been used to treat respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders and menstrual irregularities. Modern herbalists recommend topical application of oregano oil for the treatment of infection.
Early study suggests that oregano may have antiparasitic, antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial and insect repellent activities. There is limited scientific evidence to support any of these suggested uses for oregano.
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Early study shows that taking oregano by mouth may help treat parasites. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abortion inducing, acne, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, anti- thrombin, arthritis, asthma, athlete's foot (topically), bloating, bronchitis, canker sores (topically), carminative, colds, cough, croup, dandruff, diaphoretic, dysentery, dysmenorrheal (orally), dyspepsia, expectorant, flavoring, food preservative, gastrointestinal disorders, gum disease (topically), headaches (orally), heart conditions (orally), high blood sugar, increased insulin sensitivity, insect and spider bites, menstrual stimulant (orally), menstrual irregularities, metorrhagia (painful menstruation), mild tonic (orally), muscle pain, phytoestrogenic, preservative, psoriasis, respiratory disorders, rheumatoid arthritis (orally), ringworm (topically), rosacea, seborrhea, superficial and systemic infections (topically), toothache, ulcers, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, warts weak, insect repellent.