O is for Oregano

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! 

  1. great O post… the plants and their leaves look very similar to the basil, don’t they?

  2. Interesting about giardiasis! I wonder if it works for dogs, too? I’ve known of greyhounds with intractable infections. I shall look it up!

    On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

  3. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for dogs; apparently oregano has antibacterial properties. When you’re looking around, try searching oregano oil.

  4. I don’t know about oregano, but some things good for humans arte toxic for dogs.

    I like my oregano.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Interesting! I’m fascinated by the medicinal use of herbs. Wonderful photo!

  6. While we’re discussing Lettuce Share » Blog Archive » O is for Oregano, A good dish is enhanced with the right herbs and spices. An ordinary dish is made into a mouth watering sensation with subtle herb flavors and spicy aromas. Fresh herbs will keep a few days to a week in the fridge when stored in a wet paper towel or the packet they were bought in. Dried herbs can retain their flavor for up to a year, and are best kept in airtight containers of pottery or glass.

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