Oregano has been long used for its potent healing properties and its broad plethora of health benefits. Most of its advantages are attributed to its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, fiber, niacin, zeaxanthin, carotenoids lutein, and cryptoxanthin. It possesses detoxifying properties as well, which makes it beneficial for treating many conditions, including balancing hormones.
Oregano has one of this highest antioxidant activity ratings and is listed at 175,925 for oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC value. As a matter of fact, it contains over 42 times the antioxidant punch of apples.
As for dried oregano, it is worth mentioning that it contains numerous compounds, including volatile essential oil, borneol, rosmarinic acid, and triterpenoids, meaning oleanolic and ursolic acid.
Oregano In Cooking: Reduced Oxidation By 71 Percent
Health Benefits Of Oregano
- Heart conditions
- Heartburn (acid reflux)
- Digestive disorder
- Muscle pain
- Intestinal parasites
- Repelling insects
- Urinary tract infections
- Menstrual cramps
How To Use Oregano For Maximum Benefits
Regular consumption of oregano tea helps heal a cough and a cold, infections, chronic asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, sinusitis, and much more.
2-3 cups of water
4-6 tablespoons of dried oregano leaves
A slice of organic lemon to increase bioavailability (optional)
Organic raw honey to taste, if desired
Put the water in a small pot to boil
Remove from heat when boiled
Add the oregano leaves and let it steep for a few minutes
Strain the leaves and add lemon and honey, to taste
Sip warm during the day for optimal results
Add Oregano Leaves In Your Cooking
As mentioned in the very beginning, oregano is highly versatile, and it goes well in many dishes, particularly tomato-based dishes like pizza, chili, and spaghetti bolognese.
Tips for using oregano in cooking:
- Add the oregano leaves at the end of the cooking process so that it doesn’t lose its flavor
- Use oregano a little at a time as excessive use can cause the meal to become bitter
- Crush dried oregano leaves in your palm before cooking, to release the essential oils
- Use a teaspoon dried oregano for every tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves
Use Oregano Oil As A Natural Antibiotic
Oregano oil is one of the most potent antibiotics, capable of fighting off many infections, especially Candida infections. You can use it differently, depending on the health issue:
- Inhaled to treat sinus infections or colds ( Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam)
- Under your tongue to help treat infections or parasites (Dilute the oil with a carrier oil and place it under the tongue. Hold for a few minutes before rinsing it off)
- Topically for athlete’s foot or nail fungus ( Soak the feet in a basin of water with a few teaspoons of oil, or rubbing the diluted oil on your nails/skin.)
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