Oregano has antimicrobial qualities due to carvacrol and thymol, two aromatic components giving the plant its distinctive spicy and herbal smell. Oregano is very warming, stimulating blood circulation and soothing sore muscles.
Oregano is a member of the mint family. The Latin name oreganeum means 'the joy of the mountains'. This aromatic bushy herb is harvested as flowering begins. Its flowering tops and leaves are used fresh, distilled for oil or dried for infusions.
Oregano oil is steam distilled from the plant and purchased in France. Its pungent and verdant notes make it an ideal ingredient in perfumery. It is a top note used in citrus, woody blends.