The word oregano has Greek roots as it comes from the Greek words oros (gr. mountain) and ganos (gr. joy). Oregano has been used for centuries in culinary recipes, but has several important medicinal properties
According to Stephanie Tourles "Wild oregano is definitely NOT the same as the type found in grocery stores - it's amazingly fresh and aromatic with a peppery, zesty, lemony flavor profile. Standard oregano, found in most grocery stores, pales by comparison! Wild, vibrantly green, pungent, Greek oregano, grown at high altitude, in mountainous regions free of pollution, where the soil is mineral rich, has an abundance of antioxidants, plus potent antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and carminative (digestive) properties. It also contains vitamins E and K, fiber, iron, manganese, tryptophan, and omega-3 fatty acids. So, be sure to liberally sprinkle wild-grown, Greek mountain oregano on your food - often - to give it incredible flavor and reap the health benefits, as well!"
Stephanie Tourles is the best-selling author of 8 books on natural health, including "Organic Body Care Recipes", "Raw Energy", and "Hands-On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies". She lives in Maine and is a licensed holistic esthetician, certified aromatherapist, and organic gardener with training in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism.