A member of the mint family, Oregano (Origanum Vulgare) has been a prominent culinary herb and food preservative in its native Mediterranean region since antiquity, and has long since achieved global popularity. Its medicinal value, however, seems not to have bridged the expanse of time and geography with the same degree of success.
This may be due to biochemical variations corresponding to the differing soil and climate conditions to which oregano has adapted throughout its human-influenced proliferation. Wild Mediterranean oregano was used by Hippocrates to heal stomach, skin and respiratory ailments, and the physicians of ancient Greece and Rome recognized its soothing effect on sore muscles and bites from scorpions and spiders.
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