ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Oregano Plant and Oregano Uses

Updated on March 13, 2019
lex123 profile image

Lakshmi Menon is a published author who writes both fiction and non-fiction, including health and travel articles.

What is Oregano?

The botanical term of the oregano herb is Origanum Vulgare. In Greek, it means joy of the mountains. It is also known as Wild Marjoram. Oregano plant is a small herb and that grows about 2 feet tall, and has a strong and pungent aroma. The oregano flowers bloom in pink and purple colors. Each flower produces four small structures. Oregano is a perennial herb, and grows wild on mountainsides of Greece and other Mediterranean countries, and is cultivated all over the world.

In India it is found in temperate Himalayas from Kashmir to Sikkim. In Hindi it is known as Sathra, Mirzanjosh, in Malayalam Kattumaruva, in Punjabi and Urdu it is called Mirzanjosha.

This herb can be easily cultivated at home in pots or in fields.

Oregano Uses

Oregano is used for culinary purpose for adding flavor to the food as well as for treating a number of illnesses, from ancient time. Oregano leaves and flowers are used, and also an oil is produced from this herb. Fresh leaves and dried leaves are used for medicinal purpose. It is very easy to grow this highly useful herb in every house, which becomes handy when needed. They will easily grow in pots and also in large containers. It even grows without any fertilizer.

The ancient Greeks were among the first people to identify Oregano oil for its health advantage and therapeutic qualities. Hippocrates in ancient times used oregano for curing various diseases like respiratory diseases and stomach pain. Moreover, Paracelsus in the 15th century used Wild Oregano to treat psoriasis, diarrhoea, jaundice, vomiting, and fungal diseases. In around 3000 B.C., the Babylonians described it as a cure for lung and cardiac disease.

William Langham, in Garden of Health (1633), described an even wider range of uses, his list including such diverse conditions as bladder trouble, bleeding, heart failure, head pain, itchy skin, mouth pain, freckles or spots on the skin, stomachache, intestinal worms, and toothache. Thus, it has always been relied upon as an emergency medicine.

Herbalists claim that oregano is nature’s most powerful antibiotic. As an effective herbal remedy, oregano was clinically proven to kill bad bacteria which the strongest prescribed antibiotic cannot eliminate. Oregano comes in the form of oil or capsules. This can be taken orally or mixed with grapefruit juice.

Another important aspect of oregano is that it does not kill the white flakes but rather promotes their growth and kills the black weeds.

Culinary Uses of Oregano Herb

Oregano leaves are widely used in Turkish, Palestinian, Syrian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American, and Italian cuisine. Dried oregano leaves are more used for flavoring purpose.

Oregano herb is used in meat, sausages, salads, dressings, stews and soups. In food industry, oregano oil and oleoresin are used in food and beverages. Oregano oil is used in alcoholic beverages and in baked goods.

Oregano leaves are popularly used in pizza, and hence it is fondly called "pizza herb."

Oregano Uses

Oregano Health Benefits:

This amazing oregano plant is highly effective in viral, bacterial and fungal diseases and is a gift of nature to mankind. God created nature so herbal remedies came from God. -

  • Treating fevers, chest congestion, sinus problems, bronchitis, asthma, cold and flu. Take a cup of water and boil it. Add one teaspoon juice of oregano leaves (leaves and flowers may be) to the boiling water, then cover it for 10 minutes to release all the properties and drink this concoction sweetened with honey, if needed. Diabetic patients should avoid using honey.

  • Fungal infections. It is used by adding oregano to meals, drinking tea and using both the fluid infusion such as oil of oregano.

  • When you have an upset stomach, or indigestion, try oregano leaves. The high content of thymol and carvacrol in oregano can help calm upset stomachs and aid digestion. Mix 2 to 3 drops of oil to a glass of juice, milk or water for a quick remedy for mild indigestion.
  • Many girls suffer with painful menstruation. If you haven't tried the simple remedy with oregano concoction.
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness) is a problem for many. Instead of popping up the sleeping pills, try with oregano.
  • Herbalists claim oregano is useful for respiratory problems and sore throat, too. Gargle 3 or 4 times a day with just warm infusions of oregano.

  • Oregano also contains anti-allergic properties. Oregano is useful for treating bacterial skin infections, psoriasis, and a condition called Eczema.
  • Suffering with chronic pain and migraine? Tried all other medicines and still no relief? Try oregano herb.
  • For food poisoning, try with oregano plant first before starting with serious medicines.
  • Oregano is used in insect bites, as a poultice.( A poultice , also called cataplasm , is a soft moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed, or painful part of the body.)
  • Oregano is popular as a natural painkiller. Since oregano has anti-inflammatory properties, it is also used in relieving rheumatism, carpal tunnel, sports injuries and arthritis. Poultices and massage with oil of oregano are effectively used for these conditions.
  • Oregnao concoction is useful for toothache. From oral application of oregano oil, teeth and gums get benefitted greatly. It can destroy the bacteria that form plaque and cause gum disease.
  • If taken regularly, oregano treats sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory illnesses or allergies.

Oregano Oil

Uses of Oregano Oil :

Oregano oil is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off several types of infections.

However, it is recommended that one has consult an herbal or medical practitioner before taking oregano oil, to be sure of dosage, duration, and potential side effects. Oregano oil is available in liquid, capsules and tablets.

While buying Oregano oil, make sure that the oil is derived from Origanum Vulgare, and that the carvacrol concentration is at least 70%.

Side Effects of Oregano

Though there are countless benefits for this herb, some side effects are also reported.

  • Oregano oil may reduce the body's ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, women are advised not to take Oil of Oregano during their pregnancy.
  • People that have allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oil of Oregano as well, since they are in the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes, or vomiting occurs when using it, it is recommended that you discontinue use and consult your doctor.
  • Pregnant women should also avoid oil of oregano since it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus, which can weaken the lining that surrounds the fetus in the womb.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      princess janine colobong 

      5 years ago

      oregano is really a good herbal medicine it cure many of illness and we can use this in culinary cooking

    • greenpharmacy profile image


      6 years ago from Korea

      Based on my database, oregano has rosmarinic acid, a compound with antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and of course, antioxidant properties.

    • Availiasvision profile image

      Jennifer Arnett 

      7 years ago from California

      I didn't know it had so many uses. That's cool that it kills bacteria. I always put it on my pizza because it tastes good.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Glad to know that you use oregano in 97% of your cooking! Great! Thanks for this comment.

    • Chris Achilleos profile image

      Chris Achilleos 

      7 years ago

      Once again, very useful and interesting information lex. I love oregano, I use it in 97% of my cooking :)

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you ewhiskey50 for visiting this hub, and I'm glad to know it is helpful to you. God Bless.

    • profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Good information, I will use for the future. Thanks God Bless

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you franciaonline for visiting this hub and encouraging me with valuable comment. I'm glad to know it is helpful to you.

    • franciaonline profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi lex123,

      What a helpful hub! I'm printing this for myself and others.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)