Origanum vulgare. The name Oregano comes from the words Oros (Mountain in Greek) and Ganos (brilliance, beauty, joy in Ancient Greek). Its name actually means “what shines in the mountains”.
It is a herb known since ancient times. Ancient Greeks, like the Egyptians, used it as an aromatic, flavoring and healing plant. Greeks and Romans perfumed the bathroom with the plant and used in massage oils They considered it disinfecting and conservative. In the Middle Ages its healing properties were already known. In Europe, it was included in the bouquets of plants that believed they protected from plague and other infectious diseases.
It is a herb with widespread use, both in traditional cuisines and in cooking. It acts as a stimulant, diaphoretic, antiseptic, expectorant, emmenagogueand inflammatory. The oregano has antibiotic properties and is classified in antioxidant plants. As a stimulant, it is used to treat colds and flu. It is also beneficial for external use in contaminated hacks and injuries. It is also stimulating for those who suffer from anemia due to iron deficiency. It is appetizing and facilitates digestion.