Oregano or origanum vulgare is an organic superfood that is both aromatic and bitter, with a pungency that can numb your tongue. A flavorful herb that is said to be antiseptic, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antibacterial.
This health boosting organic superfood is made up of high quality nutrition. It holds an assortment of essential vitamins like vitamin A, D, C, B-6 and B-12, along with sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It also holds protein and carbohydrate and it has zero trans-fat and zero cholesterol. This marvelous organic superfood is also ranked as one of the best source of dietary fiber, which help the body to bind toxins and bile that accumulates in the colon and take them out of the body through regular bowel movement.
Oregano also possesses some of the most potent bacteria fighting compound, one of the main characteristic of a true organic superfood. It holds 3% volatile health benefiting essential such as limonene, ocimene, and caryophylene, including rosmainic acid, borneol, sterols, and oleanolic and ursolic acids. This herb is likewise rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidant that acts as protective scavengers to take on and eliminate oxygen-derived free radicals that cause premature aging and various diseases.
But the most active and potent ingredient is called carvacrol, a monoterpenoid phenol that gives oregano its characteristic pungent, warm odor. It provides a variety of health benefits like killing breast cancer cells, fighting off harmful organisms like salmonella, listeria and e-coli, helps lower blood sugar without side effects, treat candida albicans and yeast infections effectively.
There are several safe ways you can use this organic superfood. The most common way is to use the fresh or dried leaves in cooking, making hot tea and decoction to treat colds, mild fever, heartburn, indigestion and even painful menstruation. Oregano oil can be applied topically to treat microbial and fungal based infections like athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, herpes, jock itch and the likes. There are oregano supplements available in tablets and capsules which you can buy at health stores.
For safety concerns, oregano oils must be diluted when using topically due to its high concentration. It is also advised not to be used on damaged or sensitive skin and on any mucus membranes. Oregano oil should not be used internally and must be avoided by pregnant women.
For culinary uses, finely chopped fresh oregano leaves is a fantastic pizza topping. It’s also a great flavoring agent to chicken, meat and fish dishes. Cooking tip: to keep the aromatic flavor of your dish intact, fresh oregano should be added toward the end of the cooking process.
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