Cuban Oregano

Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)

Oregano is known for its protective immune properties. It is good for both bacteria and viruses. On the Big Island of Hawaii a patch of land is being cleared exposing many clumps of wild oregano. Having spent a great deal of time in Italy using it to flavour ragu sauce the leaves looked and smelt nothing like the oregano I was familiar with.

I researched it and discovered that on Hawaii we have a variegated form as well as a totally green leafy variety of Cuban oregano. It has other names including Indian borage and contains many essential oil that have antimicrobial activity including  limonene, linalool, myrcene and thymol as well as amorphene and cubebene. It contains good levels of Vitamin A and C.

It aids the body in clearing the respiratory of mucus and prevents pathogens from lodging in the mouth and the bronchial tracts. Perfect for Coronavirus 19.

I have made some organic oil which will be ready soon. It can be helpful in a variety of ways. Use it as a mouth gargle, a few drops in warm water or place a teaspoon or more of the oil in your mouth and chew for a minute and then spit it out. Alternatively, flavour your food with it to aid as an antioxidant and support to your own microbiome. If the fresh herb is available the leaves can be used to make tea or dried for later use.

Every individual has their own ‘body system preference’ and affinity with herbs so ask your inner voice of wisdom whether it will help you. If you require any further information please contact us at