Oregano

Oil properties

Oregano oil has a powerful, spicy, camphor-like aroma, is pale yellow in color and medium to watery in viscosity.

Origins

Oregano is a hardy, bushy perennial herb that grows up to 90cm (35 in) high, with an erect hairy stem, dark green oval leaves and a profusion of pink flowers clustered in heads at the top of the branches.

It is a common garden plant, favored by bees, with a strong aroma when the leaves are bruised.

Oregano is a herb with an ancient medical reputation, now-a-days it is used extensively in Mediterranean cooking and dental preparations.

Extraction oil

Oregano oil is extracted from the dried, flowering tops of the herb by steam distillation.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components are carvacrol, thymol, p-cymene, cis-ocimene, caryophyllene and linalool.

Therapeutic properties

Abscess, anthrax, asthma, bacterial infection, boils, bronchitis, bursitis, cholera, chronic pain, cold sores, cough, corns, diarrhea, digestive problems, diptheria, dysentery, Epstein Barr, fibroids, flu, food poisoning, fungal skin infection, gallbladder infection, gangrene, ganglion cyst, gonorrhea, immune system, infections, influenza, lyme disease, oral infection, mouth ulcers, rocky mountain fever, pancreatitis, parasites, pneumonia, radiation damage (internally), respiratory infections, scoliosis, sore throat, strep throat, syphillis, ticks, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, whooping cough, viral and bacterial pneumonia, viral colitis, arthritis and rheumatism, muscles and vaginal yeast infection.