Oregano medicinal herb is excellent for tuberculosis and severe cough

Oregano medicinal herb

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) medicinal herb has been in existence for thousand of years both in and out of the kitchen.  It is referred to as Joy of the mountain.  It has been used in ancient Greece and many other places across the globe where people use it for different purposes, including the treating of congestion.  This plant had many medicinal properties then and it still does in these modern times, so the tradition continues.

It is native to the Mediterranean region as well as southwestern Eurasia.  It is also found in Asia, Europe and in North Africa. It is a perennial herb that is relative to the mint or Lamiaceae family.

The common names are Pot Marjoram, Wild marjoram, Joy of the mountain, Mountain mint, Origanum vulgare and Kattumaruva.   The medicinal properties anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-vital, stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic and emmenagogue.  The constituents are phenolic acids, flavonoids, essential oil. folate, thymol, calcium, choline, beta carotene, vitamin A, B, C, E and K, iron and magnesium.

Although it is used as a very important culinary herb in terms of cuisine and or sauces, there are medicinal properties that can be benefited from this herb. It is used in a lot of Greek and Italian cuisines. This herbs is also used as a preservative.

Health benefits of oregano

Oregano tea can treat bronchial problems

Oregano medicinal herb

A cup of savory teas made from this herb is beneficial for those who suffer with gas, indigestion, bloating, urinary problems, bronchial problems, headaches, and swollen glands. The tea is also used to induce and regulate the menstrual cycle of the woman. It is also good for fevers, diarrhea, vomiting and jaundice and an infusion from the fresh plant may relieve a nervous headache.

The extracted juice is good for deafness, pain and noise in the ears. The oregano essential oil is used to ease toothaches by dropping it in the hollow section of the tooth.  It is a cure all for all infections when it comes to the essential oil.  It is a natural antibiotic combating every infection that invades the body.  The oil can also treat and cure yeast infections as well as candida.  It is suggested that utilizing the oil for at least fourteen days in the flu season will prevent a person from contacting this viral infection.

Jamaicans burn this herb's scented incense to ward off all respiratory ailments. The leaves are used for cooking purposes although the fresh sprig is liked by many because it is much more flavorful.

It is a culinary as well as medicinal herb

Oregano herbs

 It is also used in salves and liniments. The oil is also placed in soaps and lotions. The dried leaves can be crushed and add to water to create a paste and used as a cream for arthritis, itchy skin, sore muscles and swelling. The leaves can also be placed in bath water for a soothing and relaxing feeling.

It is used in combination with basil in Italian cooking and also in tomato sauce.  It is also used in many vegetable dishes as well as a seasoning on various meats and one could never imagine a pizza without the taste of this culinary and medicinal herb which may have been eaten in Southern Italy for centuries. It is sometimes mistaken for marjoram because they are very similar in looks.

The capsules which contain either the dry herb or the oil is easily gotten in herbal stores worldwide.

It is good for remedy for congestion and bronchitis, it is best to boil one cup of the fresh leaves in two glasses of water for fifteen minutes.


Adults can take half of a cup three times daily. For children seven to twelve years old can take quarter cup of oregano tea every four hours.

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Updated January 31, 2016

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