A Glossary of Essential Terms used in Herbalism & Natural Medicine
Origanum vulgare or Oregano is the most common species of the Origanum genus of aromatic herbs from the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is sometimes called Wild Marjoram.
Oregano is not only a highly valued and much used culinary herb, but also a powerful herbal remedy due to its antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and expectorant (mucus dissolving) properties.
It is a sedative, so drank as a tea it has a soothing effect. It is therefore used to treat stomach problems and insomnia.
Even the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine in the Western world, used oregano for respiratory and stomach problems, as well as an antiseptic! Today it is known that oregano is rich in thymol, which is famous for strong antiseptic properties.
Oregano extract is used orally for various ailments, and it is said that oregano oil can help with ear infections.
Oregano & Menstrual Cramps
An oregano potion, drank every morning during the menstruation, will contribute to general well-being and relieve any menstrual cramps.
Oregano, Olive Oil & Sunshine
Place 6 spoons of olive oil + 3 spoons of oregano in a glass jar, cover it up and leave it in the sun (for example, a sunny window) for several days. During that time the olive oil will absorb the oregano and its medicinal qualities.
Use the herbal oil topically, for a stomach ache or as a soothing general relaxant. It could also be used as a homemade herbal massage oil.
Oregano is a safe herb. As it is also a sedative, it should not be used in large doses.
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