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Smelly Stamps! "Aromatic Stamps - Origanum" Issue Date: 2 May 2013

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"Aromatic Stamps - Origanum"
This commemorative stamp issue was released on 2 May 2013 and consisted of a souvenir sheet (mini sheet) and one stamp. For the printing of the stamps an aromatic varnish was used.

Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps - Oregano Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps MS - Oregano
Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps - Oregano cancellation mark
Oregano - or "rouvanos" -  is a member of the Lamiaceae family. It is an aromatic bush or semi-bush growing up to 100cm tall with spade-shaped, succulent and thick hairy leaves.

It is a species native to Cyprus, restricted mainly to the Pafos forest area and thrives in rocky areas in various habitats, at an altitude between 200-100m. It is used extensively in cooking and is one of the most popular herbs in the Mediterranean cuisine. Oregano is effective against headaches and insomnia and acts as a cure for stomach ailments. It also has analgesic and sedative properties. Its essential oils are extracted and used in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industry.

Oregano can be used as an ornamental plant and provides ground cover in combination with other species. It is also used in rock gardens and pots. It thrives in well-drained soil and can be planted from seed.

Text: Department of Forest
Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post

Available as single stamps, Mini / Souvenir Sheet (Mint and Used/CTO) and on Post Office official First Day Cover.

Images above are sample images as taken from the post office issue leaflet
The above issue is the third of the Aromatic stamps to be produced by Cyprus Post. The first was in 2011 called "Roses" with the second following in 2012 entitled "Jasmine".

You can find all our current stock of Aromatic stamps by following the link here, or simply type the word "Aromatic" into the Search function on our website.
Thank you for looking!

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