SO, why Oregano? Well, other than being beautiful, and a key ingredient in some of our favorite foods- oregano is said to have some pretty cool properties.
Honestly though, Oregano is awesome. After spending a few hours in the lab pouring agar, and working under the hoods, smelling the oregano oil we used was a nice relief. It also made us hungry… But there’s no eating in the lab!! We had to set aside our pizza cravings for later. (:
In alternative medicine, Oregano is said to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that made it very highly valued by the ancient Greeks. In today’s world of alternative medicine it is used to treat anything from toothache to insect bites and much more.
Our project worked to find herbs that could potentially be grown in all different environments so that their oil extracts could be harvested and used by women in developing countries. Oregano is a perfect example of a hardy herb, that can grown with little water and fertilizer needs. Therefore, it is a great candidate for an herbal remedy that can be grown and used in a multitude of different biomes; and by many people of different economic backgrounds.