Family Name: Lamiaceae
Botanical Name(s): Origanum vulgare
Popular Name(s): Pot Marjoram, Sathra, Mirzanjosh, Kattumaruva
Parts Used: Herb and oil
Habitat: Oregano is found in Asia, Europe and in North Africa.
Description: Oregano is a perennial herb which grows to height
of 20-80 cm and possesses creeping roots. The leaves are opposite,
petiolate, nearly entire hairy beneath and are 1-4 cm long. The flowers
are purple in colour and are 3-4 mm long.
Uses: Oregano yields a volatile oil which has stimulant,
carminative, diaphoretic properties and is used as an emmenagogue. It is
used as rubefacient and liniment also. An infusion made from the fresh
plant relieves nervous headache.