Oregano is found in numerous households, due to its strong flavor, but apparently, this spice has numerous medicinal properties as well.
Oregano has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, and it contains many antioxidants such as thymol and rosemary acid, and phytonutrients, which protect and revive the damaged cells.
Free radicals affect the DNA membrane and thus cause various chronic diseases.
Yet, oregano is a rich source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamins like C, E, A, omega-3 fatty acids, as well as volatile oils with potent diuretic, anti-fungal, anti-malaria, and carminative properties.
Its antiseptic qualities inhibit the growth and multiplication of microorganisms in the body, and soothe infections, sinusitis, and strep throat.
The Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacy reported that the oregano extract can improve the indicators of cancer, kills cancer cells, and reduces the growth of colon cancer.
Here are the health benefits of oregano:
- Boosts appetite
- Treats inflammation
- Relieves menstrual pain and cramps
- Treats nasal congestion
- Treats a sore throat
- Boosts appetite
- Treats urinary and constipation issues
- Regulates body weight
- Eases fatigue and heartburn
- Relieves back pain and headache
- Soothes asthma attacks
- Kills intestinal parasites
- Improves the function of the cardiovascular system
- Fights sinus and ear infections
- Eases flu, coughs, and colds
To enjoy its medicinal properties, you can prepare yourself a cup of oregano tea.
If you use fresh oregano leaves, pour two glasses of water over half or one tablespoon of them and two glasses of water. In the case of dried leaves, add a tablespoon of them to two glasses of water.
Chop the leaves well to stimulate the release of the active compounds, and pour hot water over them.
Leave for 10 minutes, and then drink the tea.
This spice is commonly added to Italian meals, so you can also add it when cooking. You should crash the leaves in the palm, and add to meals that contain meat and veggies like zucchini, broccoli, aubergine, and cauliflower.
You can also combine it with other herbs and flavorings like basil, parsley, olive oil, garlic, onion, and thyme.