Oregano is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. It was native to the Mediterranean region, but widely naturalised elsewhere in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Oregano is a woody perennial plant, growing 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long.
CAS number 84012-24-8
Botanical Name Origanum vulgare L.
Plant Part Leaves
Origin of raw material Egypt
Origin of product Egypt
Extraction method Supercritical Fluid (SCF). SCF method is an extraction technique using fluids in conditions that are elevated above their critical point of temperature. The extraction conditions mainly pressure and temperature, are in charge of solubility and selectivity of different compounds in the supercritical fluid Advantages of SCF extraction process include products of 100% natural, fresh close to raw material, high concentration, high solubility, no solvent residues, no inorganic salts, no heavy metals, no reproducible microorganisms, and lipophilic.
Application Traditional use
Oregano has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, the essential oil of oregano improves gastrointestinal health, which is why the oil is used in folk medicine to treat digestive disorders. Other folk medicine uses of the oil are for colds and as a diuretic.
In food
Oregano is a popular spice and is used in many ways, especially in Italian cuisine.
Oregano extract is therefore suitable as a spice extract for flavoring many foods, soups, sauces and baked goods. Furthermore, the extract has ,such as spice mixtures an antimicrobial effect, especially against food relevant pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes or Escherichia coli.
In food supplements
Due to its positive properties, which is why the extract is also used in folk medicine, the extract is also well suited as an ingredient in food supplements.
In cosmetics
Oregano extract has a spicy, characteristic scent profile, which is why it is used as a fragrance in various cosmetic products, such as soaps, perfumes and more. Due to its antimicrobial effect, the extract is also suitable as a natural preservative and as an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
Shelf Life 5 years