Oregano (Origanum vulgar) is an everday kitchen herb. It has been around and in use since the ancient Greeks and Chinese. Oregano is a member of the Lamiaceae/Labiatae family. Both the leaf, herb, and the oil are used. Oregano is common throughout Asia, Europe, and nothern Africa.
The primary ingredients in Oregano are thymol and carvacrol, which are also found in thyme. These compounds, researchers have found, help loosen phlegm in the lungs and relieve spasms in the bronchial passages. In traditional medicine, oregano was used for bloating, gas, urinary tract problems, painful menstruation, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen glands, and lack of perspiration.
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Cautions Orally, large amounts of oregano can cause gastrointestinal upset. Oregano may cause allergic reactions in those sensitive to the Lamiaceae family plants, which include basil, hyssop, lavender, majoram, mint, and sage.