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Scientific Name: Origanum onitis

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Origanum onitis


  • Perennial
  • Small semi-evergreen shrub
  • Peppery thyme-like aroma
  • Frost hardy
  • Full sun
  • Good companion plant for vegetables
  • Grows well in a container

Culinary Uses

  • Combines with tomato dishes, salads, pasta and fish
  • Best with strongly flavoured meats

Parts Used

  • Leaves
  • Sprigs

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • High Thymol content - good antiseptic
  • Treat respiratory conditions - bronchitis, asthma, coughs, sore throat and tonsillitis
  • Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Settle flatulence, indigestion and gastric upsets
  • Stimulates flow of bile
  • Chew leaves for tooth ache
  • Add leaves to baths and poultices
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