Oregano, scientifically referred to as Origanum Vulgare, is also known as the Power
Herb or Wild Marjoram.
Origanus comes from Greek words ?oros? (meaning mountain) and ?ganos? (meaning joy).
As to why it was called as such, the people who discovered it described the plant
as ?gay?. From there it earned the reputation of being a gay-looking plant in the
mountain, thus it was named after the two Greek words combined. Greeks were said
to have used Oregano extensively for its therapeutic properties, which tend to heal
Oregano was formally recognized as a therapeutic herb sometime in 1995 by the researchers
from the Greece-based University of Salonika. The research yielded positive results
for Oregano as being an effective and beneficial in trying to cleanse, purify and
It comes from the plant genus known as Lamiaceae or Labiatae (Mint family).
Oregano doesn?t grow real big but most of its plant parts are deemed useful. Among
the beneficial plant parts are its leaves, the stems and essential oil extracted
from the plant itself.
Oregano however has one property which is deemed crucial. It couldn?t be mixed with
other substances with impurities. Mixing Oregano with impure substances renders it
as ?useless? (or at times harmful) - as it loses its therapeutic properties in the
process. In fact, many warnings have been issued regarding this concern.
Oregano has long been used as treatment for various ailments. It is also believed
that Oregano has properties capable of killing bacteria and other types of germs.
It is also believed that Oregano brings luck and wealth.
Oregano oil extracts are extremely helpful as antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic,
antiseptic and antifungal, which makes it ideal in the treatment of nail fungus and
other skin disorders caused by the proliferation of bacteria.
It is also a good immune booster, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-aging
and increased blood oxygen levels.