Botanical name: Oreganum vulgare
Part used: leaves and flowers.
Method: Steam distillation.
Colour: pale yellow:
Perfumery note: Medium.
Aroma: Herbaceous, woody with citrus notes.
- The herb Oregano that we all know as a great flavour in Mediterranean cuisine is a valuable addition to our diet as it has excellent antibacterial properties and is an aid to digestion.
- The essential oil derived from the wild Oreganum Vulgare has a wide spectrum of benefits. Oregano has the highest content of phenols of all the oils from herbs.
- It can be added to either your usual cleaning products or a mix of oils and vinegar to create a very powerful antibacterial cleaner for the home.
- Besides being antibacterial, it is anti fungal and antiviral, and as such is very effective in treating athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
- As Oregano oil is anti inflammatory, diluted in a carrier oil such as almond or coconut it can be applied to any painful area, ie rheumatic joints or sore muscles, also to relieve allergic reactions.
- Used as a vapour inhalation it is good for colds and sinus problems, and acts as a decongestant.
- A few drops in water makes a good mouthwash for toothache and sore throats.
- Use as an insect repellent, also to fight parasites and infections.
Thymol, carvacrol, terpenes, rosmarinic acid
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