Healing wonders of Oregano (Coleus aromaticus Benth.)

Oregano is an aromatic, perennial succulent which grows to about one meter in height. The leaves, which put forth a strong sweet smelling odor, is  heart-shaped and fleshy in nature. The small flowers are white or pale purple in colour.

Its medicinal uses:

  • Promotes the flow of urine
  • For the expelling of gases, flatulence and griping pains from the stomach and bowels
  • Promotes menstrual flow
  • Strengthens and gives tone to the stomach
  • Gives tone and vitality to the body
  • Indigestion, discomfort or pain
  • Good for asthma and acute abdominal pain
  • Cough and bronchitis
  • Kidney problems and epilepsy
  • Jaundice, gout and rheumatism
  • ┬áSores, ulcers, boils, sprains and swellings
  • Sore throat, headache and urino-genital disorders

How to use:

  • The juice of the leaves is recommended for dyspepsia or indigestion, discomfort or pain, cough, bronchitis, kidney problems, epilepsy, jaundice, gout and rheumatism.
  • The juice acts as a good ointment when applied externally for sores, ulcers, boils, sprains and swellings.
  • The heated leaves applied externally relieves sore throat.
  • Application of the fresh pounded leaves relieves headache.
  • The decoction of the leaves is a good remedy for urino-genital disorders.


  • In the case of extracted juice, one should administer 1 tablespoon every hour for adults but only 3 to 4 teaspoons a day for children. For external application, use as needed.

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