Oregano Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare
Plant Part: Herb
Extraction Method: Steam Extraction
Description: Oregano is a hardy, bushy perennial herb that grows up to 90cm (35 in) with a straight stem covered in hair. The leaves are dark green and oval in shape. It will also have a profusion of pink flowers clustered in heads at the top of the branches.
Color: Light Yellow
Aroma Strength: Strong
Aromatic Scent: Oregano oil has a powerful, spicy, camphor-like aroma.
History: There is an interesting side note to Origanum: two things survived the nuclear bomb tests of the 1950s – cockroaches and yeasts. Nonetheless, researchers at Georgetown University proved that oil of wild oregano completely destroyed yeasts in petri dishes. (2 lines)
Cautions: Origanum essential oil is both a dermal irritant and a mucous membrane irritant.