Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Non-Native

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Parts used: aerial parts, essential oil

Medicinal uses: Helps to settle flatulence and stimulates the flow of bile; strongly antiseptic, it may be taken to treat respiratory conditions such as coughs, tonsillitis, bronchitis, and asthma; also considered to be a useful promoter of menstruation; the diluted oil can be applied to toothache or painful joints (Chevallier 242).

Additional uses: This plant is well known for its culinary uses. Flowers of oregano can be used in flower and herb arrangements (Kowalchik 403).

Cautions: Do not take medicinal does during pregnancy. External use may cause irritation to the skin. Do not take the essential oil internally (Chevallier 242).

Oregano Origanum vulgare

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