Origanum vulgare Common name: Oregano
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Constituents: Volatile oil (carvacrol, thymol, bisabolene, caryophyllene, borneol, linalool), flavonoids, tannins, resin, sterols
Medicinal actions: Antiseptic, mild anti-viral, diaphoretic, expectorant, rubefacient, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, diuretic, antispasmodic
Medicinal use: For use in colds, flus, bronchitis and asthma both topically and internally. Can be rubbed into the temples for tension headaches and used topically for infected cuts and wounds. Will stimulate bile flow and aid digestion, promote menstruation and aid in dysmenorrhea.
Pharmacy: Tincture: (1:4, 40%), 2-4ml TID. Infusion: 2 tsp/cup, infuse 15 min, TID. Massage oil, gargle & mouthwash.
Toxicity: Can irritate skin and mucous membranes.
Contraindications: Pregnancy, internal use of essential oil.
Interactions: None known.