Oregano is a member of the the mint family. Oregano essential oil is produced from the oregano plant through the process of steam distillation.
Constituents & Specifications :
carvacrol (share 40–70%), gamma-terpinene (8–10%), p-cymene (5–10%), alpha, pinene, myrcene, thymol, flavonoids, caffeic acid derivatives
Specific Gravity : 0.93800 - 0.93880 @ 20C
Refractive Index : 1.50900 - 1.51600 @ 20C
It is analgesic, anthelmintic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, choleretic, cytophylactic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic.
Benefits & Uses :
Used commonly in medicines for wounds, headaches, and venomous bites and even hemlock poisoning. Oregano oil has powerful anti-microbial properties which are used to assist in the prevention of infections and to treat skin fungi such as athlete's foot. It has also been used to eliminate lice infestations and intestinal worms.
It is also used to treat fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice and itchy skin conditions.
Used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially men’s fragrances.
Employed to some extent as a flavouring agent, mainly in meat products and pizzas.