HERB BOTANICAL NAME:
Origanum vulgare L.
Oregano, pizza herb, Mountain Mint, Marjolaine Batarde, Origan, Spanish Thyme, Wintersweet, German oregano.
Tu Yin Chen
Lamiaceae, mints, menthes
Origanum Vulgare L.
A perennial, aromatic plant with olive-green, opposite leaves leaves and purple, pink or white flowers that could reach up to 3 feet. Grows best in temperate and tropical climates.
USES: Medicinal, culinary
PREPARATIONS: Oils, infusions, meals
DOSAGE: As recommended by prescription or recipe
SAFETY: Its leaves when used in infusions and as a culinary herb. During pregnancy is better to stay with edible amounts. Its oil could cause irritation if its concentration is over 1%. If allergic to mints, is better to avoid its consumption. If consumed in large doses, it could increase the risk of bleeding. Stop taking large doses before surgery.
TASTE: Earthy, warm, a tad bitter. When its quality is good, the leaves could numb the tongue when chewed.
Mediterranean and western Asia countries although widely cultivated in temperate and tropical zones
Full sun or semi shade and well-drained soil. Sometimes you can see it in rocky soil. Doesn’t do well in damp or heavy soil. Dry, grassy areas and calcareous soil. Does well in mildly acid and mildly alkaline soils. Doesn’t do well near the ocean.
Mediterraneand and western Asia countries. Some parts of the United States and Mexico. Central and South America.
Plants should be spaced about 8” to 10” apart both ways. Grows well in pots or in the ground. It propagates by seeds or seedlings.
Pinch or trim with shar shears regularly for a denser and bushier plant and avoid long stems. Leaves are most flavorful before the plant blooms.
Carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene caryophyllne, eugenol and rosmarinic acid
NOTES AND REFERENCES:
https://prezi.com/olcbqq3dzqmx/te-de-hoja-del-aire/?frame=ba311cf74aa602f0c60f8fb627b7184d172de442 – University of Guayaquil, Ecuador
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