The ancient Greeks considered it a symbol of hapinnes and joy, which is why wedding wreaths were also made with twigs of Oregano. They also knew of its curative properties and used it internally as a tisane to treat food poisoning, diarrhoea and colic, as well as externally to relieve skin inflamations. Up until a few decades ago, Crete's folk Medicine practitioners would fry oregano leaves in olive oilto make a poultice that relieved back pain and used its oil to sooth toothache.
Oregano is among the herbs with the highest vitamice C content, and also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, magnese and vitamine A. It has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities, particularly as an essential oil, and it is used to alleviate systoms of flu, the common cold, gum disease and throat infections (as a gargle). Its antioxidant properties are 42 times greater than apples, 30 times greater than potatoes, 12 times greater than oranges and four times greater than blackberries!