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It has a beneficial effect upon the digestive and respiratory systems and is also used to promote menstruation.
It should not be used medicinally by pregnant women though it is perfectly safe in small amounts for culinary purposes.
The leaves and flowering stems are strongly antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic.
The plant is taken internally in the treatment of colds, influenza, mild feverish illnesses, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation.
It is strongly sedative and should not be taken in large doses, though mild teas have a soothing effect and aid restful sleep. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women.
Externally, oregano is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, arthritis and muscular pain.
A few drops of the essential oil, put on cotton wool and placed in the hollow of an aching tooth, frequently relieves the pain of toothache.
This plant is one of the best natural antiseptics because of its high thymol content.
The essential oil is used in aromatherapy to treat the same kinds of complaints that the herb is used for.