Thursday, July 07, 2011

Oregano in flower- Oregano plant pictures

Oregano, the pizza herb is in flower right now.
Oregano-Origanum vulgare aka wild marjoram is a hardy perennial in the mint family, native to temperate western and southwestern Europe and to the Mediterranean region.

The flowers of the Oregano plant are of a beautiful pink color produced in erect spikes, in July.
I found these flowers yesterday in a flower bed in front of a shop, growing wild among other carefree ground cover plants.
Looking for some info about them on the web, I was surprised to read how miraculous this plant is. Here I share my findings with you:

For centuries, fresh and dried leaves of oregano are commonly used for culinary purpose to add flavor in sauces and various food preparations, in many parts of the world like Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Turkish and Greek dishes. It has a warm and slightly bitter taste and it is a must ingredient of the Italian pizza sauce.
Flowering Oregano-Origanum vulgare plant
There are several species of Oregano plants but climate and soil composition has the most important effect on the flavor of the aromatic oil contained in the plants' leaves. Dried leaves seam to be more flavorful than green ones.
Oregano flowers-closeup
Oregano leaves and flowering stem has been used as medicinal herb since thousands of years back. You can grow Oregano in a container or a flower pot or you can buy Oregano oil from your local health food store.
Oregano oil is an important volatile oil obtained from the plant's leaves and contains precious chemical constituents like carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, niacin, riboflavin and is also rich in vitamins. The plant is a powerful anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, stimulant and mild tonic.
Oregano-wild marjoram leaves and flowers

Oregano- medicinal uses

  • For its anti-fungal properties Oregano is used in external and internal fungal infections like Candida, insect bites and skin problems.
  • The flavonoids the plant contains have powerful anti-microbial and natural antiseptic properties.
  • Oregano herbal tea is used in urinary problems, lung problems, diarrhea, nausea, as a digestive.
  • Oregano is also an efficient pain killer used in headaches and toothache. Tooth infection is treated by applying Oregano oil directly to the infected tooth.
  • The plant has higher levels of antioxidants than vegetables. A tablespoon of fresh leaves from your garden can be added to the daily food

Oregano side effects

  • This medicinal herb has no serious side effects. However, by people having allergies to herbal supplements it can produce skin rash, itching and chest discomfort, if administered in high doses.
  • Oregano is not recommended for pregnant women and lactating women, neither for children.
  • People having high blood pressure or heart problems should ask for advice a qualified physician before using oregano.
  • Oregano Oil sold as essential oil is very concentrated, you will need to dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil before using.
  • Start with the smallest recommended dose, working up gradually to larger doses.
  • Just simple common sense is needed to benefit of the Oregano's healing properties, without having any side effects.
Like Basil, oregano contain large amounts of (E)-beta-caryophyllene, which seams to help in the treatment of arthritis and inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine.

9 comments:

Carol said...

Wow! Didn't realize that it had so many uses. Thanks for sharing the photos and the information!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

I didn't know oregano could be used for toothaches!

Anyway - the flowers that this plant produces are gorgeous. I don't remember ever seeing it blossom.

Thanks for sharing Maia.

Linda Makiej said...

Almost everything I cook has oregano in it!! But I have never seen the flowers - just beautiful!

SquirrelQueen said...

The flowers are gorgeous Maia. I had no idea oregano had so many different uses, thanks for the information.

Roan said...

I didn't know oregano was so versatile. Interesting reading and beautiful flowers!

Cheri said...

Lovely flowers. I am taking oregano now for a sinus infection - great herb!

Carolina Mts

Jama said...

They are so pretty, this is the first time I'm seeing the flowers of oregano .I've only used the dried oregano most of the times.

Lrong said...

Very pretty shots indeed... our oregano are also flowering at this moment...

Kathy said...

It certainly has beautiful little blossoms!

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