Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano BenefitsOregano (Origanum vulgare) is a very common medical plant and culinary spice known also as marjoram or wild marjoram. It is a perennial herb and a member of mint family originating from Central America, but nowadays growing widely in the Mediterranean region, Southeast Europe, South Russia, and other warm areas around the globe. The herb reaches 20 inches and in summer blossoms with small purple flowers which are used along with dried leaves and stems of the plant for medicinal purposes. Therapeutic properties and health benefits of oregano are numerous and have been known since the times of Hippocrates who used this natural remedy as an antiseptic or as a cure for respiratory ailments and common digestive disorders.

Oregano is a rich natural source of numerous natural components and nutrients. The main constituents of this plant include vitamin K, vitamin B2, vitamin E, minerals like iron, manganese, iron, and others, dietary fiber, flavonoids, as well as volatile oils like pinene, limonene, thymol, caryophyllene, carvacrol, ocimene, and others. Oregano benefits include stimulant, emmenagogue, antispasmodis, diaphoretic, stomachic, expectorant, tonic, cholagogue, and other therapeutic properties to be used for treatment and prevention of a vast variety of health conditions. Oregano is a very important culinary herb used extensively in Latin American and the Mediterranean cuisines, mainly to flavor red and white meat (used extensively for kebab and other common meat dishes of Eastern cuisines). Below, there is a list of nutritional and health benefits of oregano.

  • Benefits of oreganoAlong with yarrow, coltsfoot, or sage, oregano can be used as one of the best herbal remedies for sore throat, coughs, chest pains, and other most common symptoms of respiratory ailments.
  • Antioxidant benefits of oregano are very powerful and valued very highly since this natural remedy is extremely high in flavonoids (especially rosemarinic acid and thymol) known as natural antioxidants with the whole variety of antioxidant properties, starting from cancer prevention and ending up with slowing down aging-related properties.
  • Anti-bacterial oregano benefits can be recommended to prevent or treat a great variety of bacterial infections, and some studies have shown that these effects of oregano are better than the ones of some prescription medications like Giardia.
  • This medicinal herb is proven to have very powerful anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat nail fungus.
  • Numerous benefits of oregano are derived from a high content of fiber in this medicinal plant. It can be used to treat minor digestive disorders and problems with digestion, as well as for improving the function of low intestines and stimulating detoxification.
  • Using oregano is linked to lower LDL cholesterol levels in blood, this way decreasing the risks of type 2 diabetes and common cardiovascular diseases.
  • Infusions and other herbal preparations with this herb can be used by women to treat the symptoms and prevent painful periods and other related conditions.
  • As a natural source of vitamin K, a regular oregano consumption is linked to better calcium digestion and stronger bones, as well as improved vascular health.
  • Vitamin C in oregano can play a role of immune system stimulant and assist in prevention of many infectious diseases. This is definitely one of the most important oregano benefits.
  • Iron which is in plenty in oregano, helps in preventing anemia and stimulating red blood cells production.
  • To enjoy the mentioned health benefits of oregano, add this culinary spice to your pizza, omelet, sauteed onions, vegetable stews, or salata dressing. It is preferable to use fresh oregano, but dried herb can also be added to your meat or mushroom dishes.
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