Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is an aromatic and slightly bitter herb in the mint family. The name is derived from Greek meaning “mountain of joy” or “the delight of the mountain.”

Oregano Benefits Oregano's use as a health-boosting herb dates back centuries. It contains omega-3s, iron, manganese, vitamin K, and antioxidants, according to modern science.

Antimicrobial Oregano has many antimicrobial properties including antibacterial and anti-parasitic.

Antibacterial In an article published on Science Daily, oregano essential oil was found to be effective in killing Staphylococcus bacteria.

Helps Fight Parasites One study published in Phytotherapy Research found that adults suffering from parasites had significant improvements in their digestive symptoms after using oregano oil.

How to Use Oregano Oregano has many uses around the home: Recipes – Homemade Italian Seasoning mix – Herbal Mouthwash – Cracked Heels Salve – Homemade Herb and Spice Blends

Oregano oil is not generally considered safe during pregnancy, though culinary use of oregano leaf is considered fine.

I typically purchase dried oregano in bulk online. My oregano essential oil comes from here. Another way to get the benefits of oregano is to grow it fresh! All it takes is a small herb garden or window box.