of the family Lamiaceae, is native to Greece, Europe, Asia,and North
Africa. Its name is derived from the Greek words "orus"
(mountain) and "gamon" (joy), and may thus be translated
as "joy of the mountain." In ancient Greece it was used
in poultices as a relief for sore muscles, while the Romans added
it to poultices to heal scorpion and spider bites. Colonial Americans
used oregano to treat coughs and asthma. Chinese physicians have
long utilized it as a remedy for many ailments, including fever,
vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice and itchy skin.
The primary ingredients
of oregano are thymol and carvacrol (also found in Thyme), which
loosen phlegm in the lungs and reduce spasms in the bronchial passages.
Juice of oregano, containing a wide variety of natural substances
known as "oxygenated compounds," is effective as an oxygen
tonic. There are no known harmful effects of oregano.