One of the most important herbs used nowadays is oregano. People use it mostly for culinary purposes, but also because of its medicinal properties as it is abundant in health benefits.
Oregano belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a perennial plant which possesses various chemicals that offer it a unique smell that is very pleasant. Those chemicals include: carvacrol, pinene, limonene, thymol, ocimene and caryophyllene.
Oregano possesses various anticancer, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oregano is full of vitamins like K, C, A and E, but also niacin, fiber, folate, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, as well as the carotenoids zeaxanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin. This is a special fragrant Mediterranean herb that can help us detoxify the body.
Oregano is a herb which possesses the highest antioxidant activity ratings and is proved to be excellent in neutralizing free radicals.
When oregano is dried, it contains about 3% of volatile essential oil. Other things it includes are oleanolic and ursolic acid, borneol, triterpenoids and rosmarinic acid.
OREGANO REDUCES THE OXIDATION BY 71% DURING COOKING
Oregano possesses a warm and aromatic flavor. You can add it into various dishes and salads.
According to a study about oregano, the researchers added oregano before they cooked the meat and noticed that the level of malondialdehyde which is a chemical marker for oxidation in the meat was decreased by 71%. The levels in the urine of the participants was reduced by 49%.
What the researchers used was a blend of:
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
Just mix all of the spices together and rub them on the meat. You can also add them into the marinade.
HOW TO USE OREGANO FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES?
You can use it in any way. You’ll obtain its benefits however. Use fresh oregano or dried, but also in the form of oil, or as a supplement, in the form of tablets.
Another way to use oregano is by preparing tea. Add 5 or 10 grams of oregano (1 or 2 teaspoons) into a cup of hot water. Leave it to rest for about 5 minutes. Drink the tea 3 times a day.
Apply oregano oil on your skin to destroy athlete’s foot, microbial infections and fungal based infections. Dilute the oil by 50% or more before you decide to apply it. Apply it 2 times a day.
You can also take oregano tablets like capsules or enteric coated tablets. Buy it in any herbal store or healthy store.
ANTICANCER PROPERTIES IN OREGANO
Oregano is abundant in antioxidants, but it also possesses antimicrobial compounds. It fights against parasites very effectively. One teaspoon of oregano will have the same antioxidant power (ORAC) like 2 cups of red grapes. It is also full of the phytochemical called quercetin that was proved to be able to stop cancer or kill cancer cells e.g. provoke apoptosis.
Carvacrol is a special component in oregano that is especially good against cancer.
There are still numerous tests to be done, but these are also revolutionary.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF OREGANO
Oregano is can be used to treat various health problems:
- Muscle pain
- Cough and cold
- Heartburn (acid reflux)
- Digestive disorder
- Heart conditions
- Intestinal parasites
- Menstrual cramps
- Urinary tract infections
- Repelling insects
HOW TO USE OREGANO AND OBTAIN OPTIMAL BENEFITS:
Drink this oregano tea every day and treat rheumatism, cough and cold, bronchitis, sinusitis, dyspepsia, various infections, chronic asthma etc.
- 2-3 cups of water
- 4-6 tablespoons of dried oregano leaves
- Organic raw honey to taste
- A slice of organic lemon (optional)
Prepare it in a tea infuser or like this:
Put the water in a pot that will be left on the stove to boil. Turn off the heat after it’s boiled. Then, add the leaves and leave it all to steep for 5 minutes. After that, let it cool down. Strain the leaves. Add honey if you want to. If you want to obtain all of its best benefits, drink it warm throughout the whole day.
Add Oregano Leaves In Your Cooking
Oregano can be used in various dishes, especially pasta. Use it dried or fresh, although when it’s dried, it has a more concentrated flavor.
Oregano is especially popular in Italian dishes. Still, don’t limit yourself to them solely. Add it into any dish you’d like to and enjoy its benefits as well as its amazing flavor!
Here are some tips for using oregano in cooking:
- For every 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves, you should use 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.
- Always add the oregano leaves at the end of the cooking process. That will help you keep its full flavor.
- Crush several dried oregano leaves in your palm before you cook. All of its essential oils will be released like that.
- Make sure you don’t use too much oregano as the dish may become bitter!
Oregano is especially tasty when it’s used in dishes that contain cauliflower, zucchini, aubergine broccoli and lamb. You can also combine oregano with some other herbs and flavors like: thyme, garlic, parsley, onion, olive and oil basil.
USE OREGANO OIL AS A NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC
As we already mentioned, oregano oil can be used in fighting various infections, among which the Candida infections, too.
It can prevent the growth of E. Coli. This is bacteria which causes urinary tract infections. If you take several drops of oregano oil orally, you’ll manage to destroy yeast infections. It especially fights food-borne pathogens and parasitic infections.
Use it anyway you like to:
- Put it under your tongue to treat parasites or infections. Just dilute 1 drop of oregano oil with 1 drop of some carrier oil. Put this under your tongue. Hold it like that for several minutes. Rinse your mouth with plenty of water. Repeat this process 4 times a day.
- Inhaled oregano oil and you’ll treat colds and sinus infections. Take a pot with steaming water and put several drops of oregano oil in it. Inhale the steam slowly. Be careful not to get burned!
- Apply oregano oil topically and treat nail fungus or athlete’s foot. Soak your feet into a basin with water in which you’ve added several teaspoons of oil. You can also rub a little bit of the oil directly on your skin or nails.