The two plants in my herb garden that manage to survive summer after summer are rosemary and oregano. I’ve already given you the rundown on rosemary, so this time I pulled out my Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Herbs to find some random facts on oregano. The name translates to “joy of the mountains” and bald men used to rub it on their heads mixed with oil in the hopes of regrowth. Oregano’s medicinal uses date back to the Greek physician Dioscorides in the first century. The Greeks used it to treat aches, sores and bites from scorpions and spiders. It’s fascinating what doctors are doing with oregano today. Studies are finding it more effective in treating giardiosis, a parasitic infection, than one of the standard drug treatments…and no side effects! Oregano is quite the superb herb!