Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano is a native perennial plant of Mediterranean and is one of the most common substances of Mediterranean cuisine. Its name comes from the Greek words, ‘’oros’’ (όρος), which means mountain and the word ‘’ganos’’ (γάνος), which means shine.

Oregano can be used in a great variety of dishes. It can be used for seasoning meat or fish (grilled or cooked) adding a great flavor. It is worth mentioning that it can be used from the very beginning of cooking, due to its heating resistance. Moreover, oregano is the best friend of raw salads and raw vegetables and as a result, it is a main ingredient in almost any salad in Greek cuisine.

Furthermore, oregano has many more uses, because of its healing properties. As a beverage, it plays a key role for a healthy human body and it can be used for a variety of illnesses. The great concentration of vitamin C that it has, is also one of its characteristics. At last, essential oil from oregano has some medical uses.

Health Benefits of Oregano

Learn AboutOreganoBenefits Health Benefits Oregano contains an impressive list of plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease-preventing and health-promoting properties. The herb parts contain no cholesterol; however, they are a rich source of dietary fiber, which helps to control blood cholesterol levels. It contains health beneficial essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, [...]

Mythology – Oregano

Learn AboutOreganoMythology Greek hillsides covered with summer's growth of wild oregano in bloom are a fantastic excursion for eyes, feet, and nose! Historically, as the name implies, Greek oregano originates on the mountain slopes of Greece. The name "oregano" means "joy of the mountain" and has its origins in the ancient Greek "όρος" (oros) meaning [...]

Side Effects of Oregano

Learn AboutOreganoSide Effects Oregano leaf is likely safe when taken in the amounts found in food and possibly safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in medicinal amounts. Mild side effects include stomach upset. Oregano might also cause an allergic reaction in people who have an allergy to plants in the Lamiaceae family. Not [...]

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