Just you wait until we tell you about the amazing benefits of oregano…
by Niki Kefala
Oregano is a wonderful herb, so small but so powerful, with great flavor and aroma, an excellent choice for your cooking and your health. Its name means “mountain joy” and oregano was revered as a symbol of happiness by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Oregano has the power to adds extra savor to any dish, so put it in your garden, as is a herb that is very easy to grow at home. As gardeners say, oregano is a perennial, which means it will keep coming back year after year giving you all it benefits.
Oregano is a rich natural source of vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin that the human body needs for complete synthesis of certain proteins. Also this not very famous vitamin, promotes bone growth. Also contains vitamins A, B6 and C as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Oregano is rich in thymol and carvacrol, two oils which have remarkable bacteria-fighting power and is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also full of antioxidants (such as rosmarinic acid) that help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection.
This herb is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps and urinary tract disorders. Oregano is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as dandruff and acne. This magical herb contains beta-caryophyllin a substance that is beneficial for conditions including osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. Studies have shown that a phytochemical in oregano named carnosol, has anti-cancer benefits in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia and colon cancer.
And as summer is not very far away, cellulite is a problem that bothers many women, so use 3 drops of oregano oil and massage on affected area. Dreams can come true you will see!
Although oregano is popular in Mediterranean cuisine, in the US, it’s often associated primarily with pizza and pasta, but with so many nutricial benefits why not to use it more?
Tip: when purchasing oregano, you’ll likely find two varieties. Mediterranean oregano (also known as Greek oregano, Turkish oregano, and European oregano) and Mexican oregano. The choice is yours! Check out some the delicious things it has helped produce (you’ll be heading straight to the shops to get some!).