What is an oregano plant?
Characteristics of oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Common noun: Oregano, Pot Marjoram, Wild Marjoram,
Scientific noun: Origanum vulgare L.
Family. Mint family – Lamiaceae
Habitat: In dry grasslands or in wood margins
Description of oregano
Perennial plant of the Mint family – Labiatae – up to 80 cm. Erect stems, hairy and scented. Ovate leaves, petiolated, toothed or untoothed. Pink flowers till 7 mm., in round final inflorescences. In dry grasslands or in wood margins.
Picking-up and storing of oregano
It is convenient to pick up the flowers in summer, especially in August.
They should dry off in the shade conserved in a hermetic recipient, in a dark place.
Active components of oregano
- Essential oil rich in thymol, cineole, carvacrol, borneol, beta-bisolobene, limonene, alpha- pinene, beta- pinene, myrcene, camphene, alpha- terpinene (Plant)
- Acids: Rosmarinic (Plant and leaves) palmitic, estearic, oleic, ursolic, caffeic, capric (Plant)
- Minerals: Potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper (Plant)
- Vitamins: Niacine, beta-catotene (Plant)
- Tannins (Plant)
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8 December, 2021