Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. It has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It adds flavor, and it may have a number of health benefits.
The elements that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, caryophyllene. It typically grows around 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. It is believed to contain potent antioxidants and to have anti-bacterial properties.
Oregano is used for cooking and medicinal purposes, ranging from treating infections to repelling insects. Active ingredients in oregano could one day help treat osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Chefs also use it to flavor sauces, make herby bread rolls, and in marinades for meat.