Oregano is one of the most commonly used culinary ingredients.
We already know that it is a very popular ingredient in the Italian cuisine. Oregano adds a great flavor to the meals but did you know that oregano has a variety of health benefits?
Oregano has been used as a natural remedy for hundreds of years. This herb has a potent antioxidant activity which prevents free radical damage. Its antioxidant compounds like thymol and rosemary acid help repair nerve damage and reduce the risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
Also, oregano is a rich source of magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, the active compound carvacrol found in oregano has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic and diuretic properties. So, this herb prevents bacterial growth and multiplication of microorganisms in the body.
The list of health benefits of oregano doesn’t end here. Oregano has a soothing effect on your nervous system. Its healing properties are beneficial in treating a sore throat, sinus infections, and the flu.
According to pharmacists, the oregano extract has also anti-cancer properties. It has been revealed that oregano extract inhibits the growth of colon cancer. However, these findings need extra analysis.
Other health benefits of oregano
- Increases your appetite
- Reduces back pain and headaches
- Improves the function of your cardiovascular system
- Treats sinus and ear infections
- Reduces inflammation
- Alleviates the symptoms of colds
- Relieves period cramps
- Treats a stuffy nose
- Cleanses your intestinal tract
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight
- Treats urinary infections and digestive disorders
- Reduces asthma attacks
- Treats heartburn
How to make an oregano tea?
You will need fresh or dried oregano leaves. If you use fresh leaves, you will need half or one tablespoon of the leaves. You will also need two glasses of water.
If you use dried leaves you will need one tablespoon of the leaves. You will also need two glasses of water. Make sure you chop the leaves. Then, pour the leaves with hot water. After 10 minutes, you can drink your tea.
- Add oregano when you are at the very end of your cooking. In this way, you will prevent oregano from losing its pungent flavor.
- Also, use a little bit of oregano in your meals.
- Combine it with thyme, garlic, olive oil, onion, parsley or basil.
How to make oil of oregano?
First, wash and dry the oregano leaves. Then, put the leaves in a mortar bowl. Crush the oregano leaves to release the essential oils.
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