Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family, which has been used in medicine and cooking for millennia. It is actually a shrub with evergreen leaves, which can grow anywhere, especially in areas with dry, warm, and sunny weather.
The Mediterranean climate is perfect for the oregano, so in those areas, the herb contains the highest concentrations of its essential oil. Its unique smell is due to the chemicals it contains, thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene.
Depending on the way it is used, either externally or internally, oregano improves health in various ways.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties due to thymol in its content, fights inflammation, and strengthens the muscles. It is rich in omega-3s, minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, and calcium, and vitamins C, K, E, and B6.
Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, and if applied topically, it can treat various skin conditions, like dandruff and acne.
Other possible medicinal uses of this herb include menstrual cramps relief, and treatment of respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, and urinary tract disorders.
Studies have shown that the minerals and organic compounds it contains detoxify the body, and the high iron and calcium content strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
Moreover, oregano is 20 times richer in antioxidants and nutrients than other herbs, so it benefits the body, protects the skin, and prevents cellular aging.
Additionally, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database showed that oregano can treat the following illnesses and conditions as well:
- cold sores
- muscle pain
- intestinal parasites
- a sore throat
- heart conditions
The following healing drink will help you enjoy the amazing qualities of oregano:
- 3 teaspoons of fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
- 300 ml of water
Boil the water, place the oregano in a cup, and pour the water over it. Cover and leave it for 10 minutes.
Then, strain the infusion, sweeten it, and drink it during the day.