Most of us always keep oregano in the kitchen, as this spice has a unique flavor and aroma, and offers amazing medicinal properties.
It has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, and it is a rich source of many antioxidants like thymol and rosemary acid, and phytonutrients, which protect and revive the damaged cells.
It is loaded with minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins like C, E, A, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and volatile oils with powerful antifungal, diuretic, anti-malaria, and carminative qualities.
Moreover, it has potent antiseptic properties that relieve infections, strep throat, treat sinusitis and prevent the growth and multiplication of microorganisms in the body.
According to the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, the oregano extract can improve the indicators of cancer, destroy the cancer cells, and prevents the growth of colon cancer.
These are some of the scientifically confirmed health benefits of oregano:
- Relieves heartburn
- Regulates body weight
- Treats a sore throat
- Alleviates asthma attacks
- Fights inflammation
- Boosts appetite
- Relieves headaches and back pain
- Fights ear infections
- Soothes menstrual pain and cramps
- Eases the symptoms of colds, coughs, and the flu
- Treats nasal congestion
- Treats sinus infections
- Boosts appetite
- Treats urinary and constipation issues
- Destroys intestinal parasites
- Improves the function of the cardiovascular system
- Fights fatigue
The best way to reap these medicinal properties of oregano is to drink oregano tea.
Just pour two glasses of hot water over a tablespoon of chopped oregano leaves, leave for 10 minutes, and drink it.
Oregano is commonly used in the Italian cuisine, so feel free to use it in cooking. Just crush the leaves in the palm, and add them to meat dishes and vegetables, such as broccoli, zucchini, aubergine, and cauliflower. You can also mix it with other beneficial herbs and flavorings, like thyme, garlic, basil, onion, parsley, and olive oil.
Enjoy the warm, pungent taste of oregano, and boost your health!