Oregano (Origani vulgaris herba)

Published July 6, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Origani vulgaris herba, oregano.

Composition of Drug

Oregano consists of the above-ground parts of Origanum vulgare L. [Fam. Lamiaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Oregano is used for ailments and difficulties of the respiratory tract, coughing, bronchial catarrh, as an expectorant and for antispasmodic relief of coughing. It is used for disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract, bloating, stimulation of gall excretion and digestion, and an appetite-stimulating and antispasmodic agent. Oregano is also used for disorders and afflictions of the urinary tract, abdominal diseases, painful menstruation, as a diuretic, for arthritis, scrofulosis, as a sedative and diaphoretic.

Oregano is also used in gargles and baths.

The claimed efficacy for this herb has not been documented.


None known.


Since efficacy has not been documented, a therapeutic use of this herb cannot be recommended.