Oregano It is a bushy perennial up to 2ft/60 cm tall, with highly aromatic oval leaves with pointed ends.
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.
Do not use medicinally in pregnancy; food flavoring safe.
Adds a strong flavor to pizzas and Italian recipes, as well as to green salad combinations.
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.