Oregano, also known as Origanum vulgare, is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean region. The leaves of the plant are used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Oregano has been traditionally used to help improve respiratory health, it is believed to have expectorant properties and may help to reduce symptoms of bronchitis, asthma and coughs. Oregano is also traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of pain, particularly in the digestive tract and to help reduce symptoms of menopause. Oregano is also believed to have antioxidant properties and may help to protect cells from damage. Oregano has also traditionally used as an antimicrobial and may help to reduce symptoms of food poisoning, it is believed to have antiseptic properties.