A favored herb of Aphrodite, oregano was first harvested by the Greeks, who gave it its common name, translated as the “joy of the mountains”. In mythology the goddess of love grew oregano in her personal garden, calling it a symbol of joy and giving a basis for its name. The herb was later adopted by the Romans, who appreciated its taste and easily cultivation. Their adoption ensured oregano’s spread around the ancient world.
Historical references to oregano are widespread. The Greeks, particularly chronicled by the well-known doctor Dioscorides, mixed it with wine as a remedy for plant and animal poisons. He also used it to induce vomiting, cure ear pains, and as a bath additive for itchy skin. He believed leaving oregano leaves strewn about the floor would ward off serpents. The Elizabethans took this one step further, attributing almost magical powers to the plant. They used it in ‘love potions’ and charms to attract happiness, luck, tranquility, and even psychic dreams. Oregano was not common in North America until World War II, when soldiers brought it back from its culinary home of Italy.
Today’s users of the essential oil say oregano can help release the hold of the ego and foster the ability to let go. Marketed health benefits include reducing the severity of allergic reactions. Oregano is also thought to be effective at removing parasites and may be applied externally to reduce lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas. A natural gut-enhancer, oregano may inhibit the development of gastrointestinal diseases and promote digestion. It can also reportedly balance hormones, lessen menstruation pain, and aid weight loss.
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- Common Name: Oregano
- Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare
- Country of Origin: Morocco
- Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
- Plant Part: Plant
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