Oregano is a culinary herb, used for the flavor of its leaves, which can be more flavorful when dried than fresh. Oregano is mostly used for flavoring meat, especially for mutton and lamb. In barbecue and kebab restaurants, it can be usually found as a condiment, together with paprika, salt, and pepper.
The dried and ground leaves are most often used to add flavor into salad and is usually added to the lemon-olive oil sauce that accompanies fish or meat grills and casseroles.
Oregano essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the oregano plant and has been used as traditional medicine since ancient times. it is also used to treating respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body.
Oregano plants grow to about 4 inches tall. Pinch or trim lightly to encourage a denser and bushier plant.