Oregano is a flowering plant in the mint family. It is native to temperate Western and Southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long. The flowers are purple, 3–4 mm long, produced in erect spikes


Oregano may be used for the following illnesses and conditions:

  • cold sores
  • muscle pain
  • acne
  • dandruff
  • bronchitis
  • toothache


  • High cholesterol. Clinical research shows that taking oregano after each meal for 3 months may reduce low-density lipoprotein.  Cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. However, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels are not affected.
  • Parasites in the intestines. Taking oil of oregano for 6 weeks may kill the parasites Blastocystis hominis.