An herb with a very long history of use is still how it is today in both culinary and medicinal purposes. The Greeks were the first to use this magical plant which they believed was invented by the goddess of love and desire, Aphrodite. Hippocrates used it as an antiseptic. The Egyptian applies oregano as an antidote to poison. The Romans, after conquering Greece, were so amazed with the plant that they brought it with them throughout their campaign thus spreading it all over Europe and the northern Africa.
Oregano are perennial plants and grows in warm climates. It is commonly found growing wild on the mountainsides of Greece, some Mediterranean countries and Eurasia. They grow to about 80 cm high with heart-shaped leaves. When in bloom they produce beautiful flowers in pink and purple which are also edible. This herb belongs to Lamiaceae plant family.
Oregano is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E complex and niacin, including essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper.
In fresh and dried form, the leaves of this superfood have volatile oils with a lot of healing properties.
It is a mild energizer, antibacterial, antimicrobial, diuretic, and carminative.
It is a good cure for the common cold and sore throat because of its antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
It has two antimicrobial substances called thymol and carvacrol which are natural option to treat intestinal parasites that can extremely increase risks of various diseases. It also fights viruses, bacteria and fungi. It can be applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, acne, canker sores, warts, dandruff; as well as varicose veins, muscle pain, toothaches, gum disease and insect bites. It helps digestion as it increases bile flow.
Other uses of this super plant include relieving menstrual cramps, headaches, arthritis and urinary tract infections.
Oregano is also used as a culinary spice, it’s a wonderful flavoring for your pasta dishes, roast potatoes, chicken, lentils, kebabs and tomato based dishes. It gives fragrance to pizza and can be used a food preservative. It combines well with parsley, thyme, olive oil and garlic.
It’s a small wonder why the Greeks called oregano the "delight of the mountains."
With regards to side effects, oregano is safe when taken in food quantity, but not much is known about its safety when used in medicinal amount. To be safe, pregnant and nursing women should avoid using oregano for medicinal purposes. May also cause adverse reaction in people who have an allergy to Oregano. Stay safe.
Do you want a restful sleep? ...Take a soothing cup of oregano tea and you’ll be sleeping like a baby!
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