Herbs - Medicinal Plants
Oregano plant properties. Scientific name, Identification. Active ingredients and content of Oregano leaves. General characteristics of the Oregano plant. Medicinal properties, benefits. Uses and contraindications. Preparation and dosage.
Other common names
Mediterranean oregano, Cuban oregano, Oreganón, Mexican oregano, Wild marjoram, Winter marjoram , Marjoram, Mountain mint, Wintersweet , Kekik (Turkish)
Scientific name: Coleus Lour amboinicus o Origanum vulgare L.
Oregano is a high herb with fleshy leaves, hairy and angled stem used as a condiment and as an ornamental plant. It is native to tropical Asia.
The described properties of Oregano are: appetizing, carminative, antispasmodic and disinfectant airways. It is a general tonic and diuretic. As external use is analgesic, healing and antifungal. It is an antioxidant.
Contains an essential oil with 90% of thymol and carvacrol. Oregano also contains terpene, phenolics and
other compounds with pharmacological properties.
Decoction is prepared from the leaves and should be taken three glasses a day. Also can be taken as an infusion, before or after meals. Use with caution in children and in people with gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers or intestinal disorders.