It is a bushy perennial up to 2ft/60 cm tall, with highly aromatic oval leaves with pointed ends.
Part of plant used: Leaves
Active Ingredients: Essential oil int he leaves with pungent camphoraceous aroma thanks to the thymol content, as well as tannins an bitters giving antispasmodic, stomach-tonic, astringent, expectorant, sedative, and carminative properties.
Safety Information: Do not use medicinally in pregnancy; food flavoring safe.
Culinary use: Adds a strong flavor to pizzas and Italian recipes, as well as to green salad combinations.
Medicinal use: Infusion of fresh leaves helps headaches, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and digestion of rich foods. The leaves added to the bath will help rheumatic pain and aching muscles; a herbal oil balm made with oregano and lavender will also ease pain and stiffness when massaged into the limbs. Hot compresses of a strong infusion will help clean and reduce swelling of cuts and wounds.