Greek Oregano Seeds
Greek oregano is a perennial herb. It is strongly flavoured and very rich in essential oils. Many garden seed companies wrongly label marjoram as Greek oregano, which makes it difficult to purchase real Greek oregano seeds. The seeds I sell are for the true Greek oregano the grow in the mountains of Greece. Greek oregano is a very hardy plant with small, white flowers and hairy leaves. The leaves are loaded with the essential oil of oregano, giving it a very strong and intense flavour with amazing healing properties! The oil of oregano is a a great remedy for the flu or cold. It is also a great addition to be used in salads and various other dishes. It’s truly and amazing herb to grow in your garden.
Also known as wild oregano. This is a subspecies of the widespread wild oregano, and is found only in Greece, Turkey, and the islands of the Aegean Sea. The flavor is strong, and hotly aromatic. This is the strongest flavoured ‘oregano’. This is the species used for extraction of essential oils (oil of oregano).
Fresh Greek oregano leaves and flowers can be used to make herbal tea. Oregano will also dry well and hold it’s flavour too. A table spoon of fresh leaves is enough to make a strong tea. Boil the water and let it cool for a few seconds before pouring in to your cup, then let the tea steep for at least 5 minutes. The longer you let the leaves steep the stronger the tea will be. This is a great remedy for the flu and colds, and also just to help prevent getting sick during the flu season.
Oil of Oregano
To use oil of oregano to help fight the flu or colds, apply 1-3 drops under your tongue up to 3 times a day. The oil contains thymol which is a strong antibacterial. One drop can be applied to your toothbrush to help kill bacteria in your mouth. The oil can also be diluted into an oil, such as coconut oil, and then applied to the skin to help sanitize it or to treat scraps and cuts.
The oil of oregano can be purchased here:
100% Pure Greek Wild Essential Oil of Oregano Oil.
Origanum Vulgare Hirtum
Perennial: hardy in zones 5-11+
Time to sow: Spring to Fall
Light conditions: Full sun
Uses: Culinary, tea, medicinal
How to Grow Oregano
It is best to grow oregano in full sun although it will tolerate some shade. Oregano prefers moist well draining soil with a pH of 6.8. Some varieties such as Greek oregano can tolerate a lot of sun and are drought resistant, so it’s actually a very easy and hassle free herb to grow. As the seeds are very tiny it is best to surface sow the seeds. Just be sure to water the soil first and then sow the seeds. If starting the seeds outdoors just very lightly cover with compost. If the seeds are being started indoors they should definitely be left uncovered. Be sure to keep the soil moist at all times. If the soil dries out it could kill the germinated seeds. Always use a sterilized garden soil mix to start your seedlings; non-sterile soils may have fungi or plant diseases which may kill your seedlings.
Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox, Marie-Pierre Moine.