Aromatic plants

Oregano collection

Gardening. Oregano: why grow it

Today we will talk about oregano (Origanum), an aromatic plant well known because it originates from the Mediterranean countries. Belonging to the Lamiaceae family, there are about fifty different species of oregano in the world, a perennial herb that grows spontaneously in dry and sunny places. Due to its very precious and innumerable aromatic and medicinal virtues, today oregano is grown in many gardens. Among its lesser known characteristics is the fact that it is an excellent repellent for ants. Its leaves, which emanate an unmistakable and pleasant scent, in fact, if «scattered» on the ground, keep insects away. Excellent for flavoring and perfuming our dishes, oregano is an excellent antioxidant, rich in vitamins A, B and E and in mineral salts. Between these: calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. In other words, we are faced with a real health elixir. For this reason, therefore, whether you live in the countryside and have a garden, or if you only have a balcony in the city, we advise you to create a small space in which to grow this perennial herbaceous plant.

Cultivation of oregano how to proceed

Oregano is a versatile plant that can be grown easily both in the garden and in pots. A lover of the sun and mild temperatures, oregano does not require much effort and care in cultivation. It easily adapts to any type of well-drained soil and absolutely does not «tolerate» stagnation of water. If you want to try your hand at the cultivation of this plant you must remember this little trick. Oregano blooms between September and October, but can be plucked throughout the year by gently detaching the small leaves from the branches, or even directly cutting off a branch with the inflorescences. If you need to keep oregano, the best time to harvest it is before the opening of the flowers. Be very careful though, because drying is still necessary for conservation. The latter is carried out by gathering and tying the sprigs of oregano, which must be hung upside down and then placed in a cool and airy place. The flowering tops, which are used in herbal teas thanks to the phytotherapeutic properties of the flowers, can be harvested between June and August.

Diseases and parasites of oregano

Oregano is not only known for its aromatic virtues and its medicinal properties. The aromatic is in fact very famous also for its not being easily subject to diseases and attacks by parasites. However, in the few cases where these attacks occur, oregano becomes prey to leafhoppers and aphids. Even in these situations, the plant in question does not need great care. It is precisely for this reason that diseases and attacks by fungi and parasites are very rare in oregano. In any case, when attacks by aphids occur, it is always possible to easily treat the aromatic plant with specific products for the care of aromatic plants. However, the real danger to oregano is waterlogging that could lead to the roots to rot.

Oregano harvest: Oregano harvest for massage oil

A valid reason why it is worthwhile to grow oregano is given by the possibility of producing an excellent massage oil in a simple way and from home. The latter is in fact easily extracted from the leaves of the aromatic plant by distillation, but it can also be produced by infusing the same oregano leaves in a cup filled with a slightly heated base oil. Alongside the leaves and base oil, a few sprigs will also be needed for the preparation of the essential oil. That’s not all yet. In addition to being an excellent massage product, in fact, oregano oil boasts remarkable antiseptic, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. There are therefore numerous and different reasons why it can be useful to have this aromatic plant at home.

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