Oregano

Latin name: Origanum vulgare

What is Oregano?
Oregano is a perennial herb native to Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Southern and Central Asia. It is known for its abundant use in Mediterranean cooking, particularly in Greek and Italian cuisines. It is featured prominently in sauces, pizza, Greek salads, and other various dishes. It has been in use for thousands of years.

What are the health benefits of Oregano?

Oregano may be used for its medicinal properties as a seasoning on food or by extracting and using its oil. Oregano is high in antioxidants and has antimicrobial and sedative properties. It is used for the benefit of the digestive and respiratory systems, to improve circulation for cold hands and feet, to build immunity, promote menstruation, and aid restful sleep. Oregano is used to treat acne, yeast overgrowth, flatulence, migraines, ringing in the ear, influenza, bronchitis, asthma, arthritis, muscular pain, and toothache.

Where can I find Oregano?
Oregano can be found online, in supermarkets, in health food stores, and in herbal specialty shops.

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