Oregano Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Origanum vulgare
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Other names: Origanum
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Part of plant used in production: Flowers and leaves
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: A strongly aromatic bushy perennial plant with a hairy stem and dark green oval leaves. The flowers form small whitish-grey clusters.
Characteristics: A yellow to yellow-green essential oil with a warm, woody, spicy-camphoraceous odour.
Properties: Analgesic, anaphrodisiac, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary.
Constituents: Sabinene, terpenine, terpenine, terpinolene, terpinen-4-ol, linalool, limonene.
Uses: Also common in fougeres, chypres, colognes and bases for perfumes due to its medicinal-aromatic warmth. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and is therefore beneficial for overcoming grief or loneliness, muscle strains, sprains and spasms, as well as respiratory problems.
Safety: Avoid use during pregnancy. For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use.