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oregano(ərĕg`ənō), name for several herbs used for flavoring food. A plant of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
..... Click the link for more information. family), Origanum vulgare, also called Spanish thyme and wild marjoram, is the usual source for the spice sold as oregano in the Mediterranean countries and in the United States. Its flavor is similar to that of marjorammarjoram
or sweet marjoram
, Old World perennial aromatic herb (Marjorana hortensis) of the family Labiatae (mint family), cultivated in gardens for flavoring. The tops yield origanum oil, once used medicinally but more recently for perfuming soaps.
..... Click the link for more information. but slightly less sweet. In Spain and Italy many other Origanum species are also grown as oregano. A related herb (Coleus amboinicius) of the same family, called suganda in its native Indomalaysia, is known as oregano in the Philippines and Mexico, where it is a popular flavoring. Several other herbs also provide spices called oregano, e.g., species of Lippia and Lantana of the verbena family. In all cases the flavoring is made from the dried herbage. Oregano is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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Fresh wild oregano is powerful- put just a tiny bit of a fresh flower in your mouth and you will feel the power! Flowers are milder version of leaf taste and power. In mint family, has tell-tale look of pinkish purple mint flowers, leaves more rounded. Oregano tea or infusion is used to clear lungs and bronchial passages. Oregano oil is rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, two of which are powerful antiseptics. Oregano oil contains over 50 compounds with antimicrobial actions that inhibit candida yeast, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Also a powerful antioxidant. Particularly effective against chronic candida infections. slows down diabetes related complications. Good for traveling to protect from parasites and foreign bacteria. Can be applied topically to fight fungal nail infections. Note- direct contact can cause mild burns- avoid irritation by mixing w olive oil. Can be used internally or externally. Do not take probiotics while taking oregano oil because it kills everything. Recommended to take for 3 days 3x under tongue straight, 2 or 3 drops then take probiotics when done
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A spice prepared from leaves of various aromatic mints, especially wild marjoram.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a Mediterranean variety of wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), with pungent leaves
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