Herbs Guide


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.