Oregano, Greek, Origanum vulgare
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This spreading, low-growing perennial is a favorite culinary herb. Oregano grows to about 10 inches, so could be placed on the border of a garden. Completely hardy and reliable, oregano responds to fertile soil, and needs full sun to create that pungent, aromatic and delightful fragrance and taste.
PART USED: above ground portion
FUNCTION: Oregano has a potent storehouse of phytochemicals with various health enhancing capabilities. Rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant, with anti bacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. The flavone Luteolin in oregano and other Mediterranean herbs act as antioxidant, anti imflammatory, anticancer, antispasmodic and antimicrobial. That is why oregano oil became so popular about 12 years ago. I do not endorse taking essential oil internally, so would recommend you make a fresh tincture of your oregano, with 65-75% alcohol.