Origanum vulgare

Oregano leaves

  • Common names: Mediterranean oregano, Cuban oregano, Oreganón, Mexican oregano, Wild marjoram, Winter marjoram , Marjoram, Mountain mint, Wintersweet , Kekik (Turkish)
  • Scientific name: Coleus Lour amboinicus o Origanum vulgare L.


  • Oregano is a high herb with fleshy leaves, hairy and angled stem used as a condiment and as an ornamental plant. It is native to tropical Asia.
  • The described properties of Oregano are: appetizing, carminative, antispasmodic and disinfectant airways. It is a general tonic and diuretic. As external use is analgesic, healing and antifungal. It is an antioxidant.
  • Contains an essential oil with 90% of thymol and carvacrol. Oregano also contains terpene, phenolics and other compounds with pharmacological properties.

Dosage & Preparation

  • Decoction: Is prepared from the leaves and should be taken three glasses a day.
  • Also can be taken as an infusion, before or after meals.
  • Use with caution in children and in people with gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers or intestinal disorders.