Oregano

Origanum compactum

Oregano (Origanum compactum), sometimes referred to as "wild marjoram", is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to a height of thirty to sixty centimetres. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, along with marjoram (Origanum marjorana), though it is not native to Asia like this latter.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Possessing a degree of toxicity, the essential oil must not be used for prolonged periods (never more than two weeks in a row). It is dermocaustic and must not be applied pure onto the skin. Even dilute, it should only be applied to small skin surfaces. It should not be diffused into ambient air, except at very low concentrations (less than 5%) and in combination with other essential oils.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of twelve years, persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, subjects with epilepsy, persons with a history of gastritis, peptic ulcer, viral hepatitis B, C or D.

Bacterial diarrhoea
Pour 2 drops of essential oil of compact oregano onto a neutral tablet or sugar cube. Take two to three times daily for five days. (suitable for adults and children over the age of fifteen years only).

Tiredness
Swallow 2 drops of essential oil of oregano in a teaspoon of olive oil, on a sugar cube or neutral tablet, two to three times per day for three to four days.

Growing spontaneously in Mediterranean areas (Spain, Morocco), its stems are hairy and its leaves are pointed and slightly dentate. Its flowers are grouped in compact and fragrant pinkish to red inflorescences. The name oregano comes from two Greek words meaning "mountain finery". A tablet discovered in the Mycenaean palace of Pylos reveals that, during the 13Ith century BC, oregano-scented oil offerings were made to divinities and their priests. It was used in infusions, unctions and plasters to heal numerous ailments. Dioscorides prescribed it to persons with stomach ailments and with "acidic and unpleasant belches". It had a special place in Roman cuisine, in which it was reputed to facilitate digestion. In popular medicine, oregano leaves were used to prepare an anti-rheumatism herbal tea. The dried and chopped leaves were used as snuff, for freeing blocked noses and to create plasters for stiff necks.

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