Oregano

Oregano

Common name Oregano

Latin name Origanum vulgare

Parts used leaves and flowers


System affinities

Oregano is particularly sympathetic to the Respiratory and Immune systems


Energetics/characteristics/dosha

Oregano is warming and relaxing.  It is Decongestant, stimulating, and antimicrobial.  Its warming and blood purifying nature helps to improve immunity.  It is antioxidant, helping to strengthen cells against destruction by free radicals.  Its decongestant action helps to clear coughs, phlegm and congestion.  It is primarily indicated for the kapha dosha.


Taste/Quality

Oregano is bitter and pungent


Indications

Oregano is particularly indicated for


Warnings/contraindications

None


History/lore

Ancient Greeks believed that oregano was a useful poison antidote and used it in poultices to treat skin irritations and infections. If oregano grew on a grave, it was an indication that the departed was happy in the afterlife. Couples were crowned with wreaths of oregano at weddings in both ancient Greece and Rome to ensure their future joy.



Habitat

Grown in full sun with well-drained soil.


dosing/formulas