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Oregano (Origanum compactum)

What is Oregano?

It is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family.  Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years – with a number of potential health benefits. Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. A Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano essential oil is extracted from either leaves or shoots through steam distillation. The oil is used in massage therapy but is usually diluted with either sweet almond oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil and because of its strong concentration 1-2 drops should be enough for one session.

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Aroma

Sharp and heraceous

Plant Properties

Oregano has antifungal, antiviral, anti-aging, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-allergenic, expectorant and antiseptic properties.

Benefits

Treating 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.

Blends with:

Basil, bergamot, chamomile, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree and thyme oils

 

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