(Origanum vulgare) that originates in the Mediterranean region that is in the mint family. It is a perennial growing about two feet tall and has beautiful pink or purple flowers.

Oregano helps to rid the body of toxins, strengthens the stomach, and helps to remove gas from the intestines. Helpful in eliminating toothache, helpful for skin infections and tired muscles, and one of the best antimicrobial essential oils. It has been known to be very damaging to several kinds of viruses.

There are mild flavored oreganos and strong ones like the Greek or Spanish. It is a hot and peppery herb that works well in Spanish and Italian cooking. It works well with eggplant, tomato based dishes, mushrooms, and onions.