Common origanum (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano has long been used as a medicinal herb in treatment of various conditions: fevers, diarrhea, indigestion, jaundice and vomiting. Recent studies have shown that Oregano displays anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. Due to its anti-oxidant functions, Oregano could become helpful agent in treatment of cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. It is also useful as a digestive aid, since it promotes salivation. Used externally, Oregano is successful in treatments of rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, sores and swellings. Oregano oil can help combat toothache. Safety: In some cases, Oregano could cause skin irritations. Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore it is advisable to contact your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.