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Oregano (organic)



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Product Description

Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare

Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Botanical Description:
Origanum vulgare, commonly known as oregano, is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean region and southwestern Eurasia. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which also includes mint, basil, and thyme. Oregano typically grows up to 30-60 centimeters in height and features square stems covered in small, oval-shaped leaves. The leaves of oregano are dark green with a slightly hairy texture and a pungent, aromatic scent. Oregano produces small clusters of white to pale purple flowers that bloom in the summer. The entire plant, including the leaves, stems, and flowers, is highly aromatic and contains essential oils that contribute to its flavor and remedial properties.

Oregano has been used for centuries in culinary and medicinal applications, dating back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It is prized for its distinctive flavor, which is both savory and slightly bitter, and its aromatic fragrance. Oregano is a staple herb in Mediterranean cuisine and is used to flavor a wide variety of dishes, including pasta sauces, pizzas, soups, and salads. In addition to its culinary uses, oregano has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine.

Infusion: Prepare oregano infusion by steeping fresh or dried oregano leaves in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it as a tea. Oregano tea may be consumed warm or chilled and sweetened with honey if desired.
Essential Oil: Extract oregano essential oil through steam distillation of the aerial parts of the plant. Oregano essential oil is highly concentrated and should be used with caution. It can be used aromatically in diffusers or steam inhalation. Oregano essential oil may also be diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically to the skin.
Tincture: Prepare an oregano tincture by macerating fresh oregano leaves in alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) for several weeks. Strain the tincture and store it in a dark glass bottle. Take the tincture orally by diluting it in water or juice according to the dosage instructions provided on the product label or by a qualified herbalist.
Capsules: Oregano oil capsules are available for convenient consumption. Follow the dosage instructions provided on the product label or consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner for appropriate dosing.
Topical Application: Prepare a strong oregano infusion or dilute oregano essential oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) and apply it topically to the skin. Oregano-infused oils, creams, and lotions are also availiable.

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