Oregano is a perennial herb used for cooking and medicinal purposes. It is a hardy plant that is considered an excellent companion plant for vegetables in the garden like beans and cauliflower but not cabbage and or broccoli. This herbaceous plant has white or rose-purple flowers that bloom from late July to September used in making wreaths. The flowers also make oregano ideal for beautifying the garden and providing ground cover.
Oregano, in Greek, translates to mountain joy or mountain of happiness. Perhaps this explains why ancient Greeks and Romans crown newly-weds with sprigs of oregano. They believe this would banish sadness and make their married life happy. They use oregano essential oils to alleviate toothaches and the pain caused by rheumatism, and unburdened by aches and pains will surely make anyone happy!
Oregano has medicinal and culinary uses. Healers use oregano is used to make poultice used as a balm for aching muscles or cure for scorpion or spider bites.