Oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum) is the treasure of the Greek land. A treasure of priceless value, as the quality of Greek oregano is considered one of the best in the world! The rheological approach of the word “oregano” confirms its value, it is a compound word consisting of two synthetic parts, the words “mount” and “ganos”, which means the joy – splendour of the mountains. As is well known, oregano is used as a seasoning in cooking, adding flavour to salads and food; less well known but equally effective and tasty is its use as a decoction.
Oregano contains volatile oil, consisting mainly of carbacrol and thymol, giving it a strong antibacterial and antimycotic action. Some other indicative actions are mentioned, such as soothing a strong and persistent cough, indigestion and improving insomnia. Oregano is also indicated against muscle and period pains, skin diseases (dandruff, acne), fatigue, toothaches, earaches, headaches, as an insect repellent, etc.
The ancient Greeks had identified its medicinal properties and used it in the herbal medicine of the time. The great physician of antiquity, Hippocrates, used it as an antiseptic.
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