Oregano is a highly aromatic flowering perennial that swishes from the mint family, Lamiaceae. It renders a warm flavor with a dash of negligible bitterness. It is a small plant that can reach the height that does not cross 30 inches. Its leaves are arranged oppositely, whereas its purple flowers sit proudly on an upright stem.
Oregano is highly cheered in sauces, pizza toppings, salads, casseroles, and various other cuisines. Its distinct aroma has infiltrated many continents and now oregano has become a topper in grocery lists.
Apart from its stellar culinary uses, oregano has got some rich medicinal properties that make it shine even more in the crowd of other herbs. It is packed with antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and powerful wound healing properties. In the well-reputed Traditional Chinese Medicine, oregano is addressed as antipyretic, anti-emetic, and anti-irritant.
With recent researches, oregano is claimed to treat cough, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract infections, indigestion, diarrhea, muscle cramps, cancer, and even depression.
Oregano is packed with carvacrol, thymol, cymene, and terpinene that are considered as the most chief principle compound of this plant. These active ingredients are responsible for its unique taste, novel fragrance, and purported medicinal properties.