Did you know that there are different types of Oregano? There are also herbs that are posing as Oregano.
The type of Oregano that the majority of us use is Greek Oregano. This plant is actually a relative of the Mint family and grows in the Mediterranean.
Mexican Oregano is technically not Oregano at all, and has a peppery taste. This one is a relative of the Lemon Verbena family and grows in……..Mexico.
The Italian version is technically Oregano, however it is a hybrid with Marjoram. This makes it sweeter.
The Ancient Greeks believed this herb was created by the Goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. The word “oregano” comes from the Greek words oros, for “mountain,” and ganos, for “joy” meaning “ joy of the mountains”.
Oregano is more than just an herb that makes Pasta Sauce so good. It has medicinal uses as well:
1. Can be used both internally and externally to fight of infections.
2. Oregano oil can be used to keep of yeast infections and can be used for respiratory health and strengthening the immune system.
3. Oregano oil is used to treat ear infections in children and adults.
4. Oregano oil takes care of bug bites, rashes and has quite an effect on poison ivy too.
5. A drop of oregano oil on toothbrush will help completely take care of gum disease and tooth decay.
Before you run out and buy Oregano oil, a word of advice; the oil is super concentrated, so if you choose to use it for any of the above dilute it with equal parts olive oil. ***it is recommended that one should consult a physician before consumption or applying the oil topically on affected area.