The word Oregano in Greek means joy of the mountains. And just as the name suggests, it brings joy and relief to you and your body!
Oregano has proven to be a super "functional food." This herb is one of the foundation bases of healthy Mediterranean diet in addition to the well known olive oil, fish, herbs and vegetables. It has been used in the Mexican cuisine since ancient times- pizzas, meat and chicken dishes.
You can use this herb to prepare soups, omelet, sauce, meat dishes and as a seasoning to enhance food flavor. I use freshly chopped oregano in my fruit and green salad. It is an excellent source of vitamins like vitamin E, A and C. It also contains essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, boron, Niacin and copper.
What makes Oregano so popular besides its nutritional value is that the leaves and flowering stem have been found to carry anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antiviral properties.
Oregano decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fever, indigestion, stomach upsets, and painful menstruation.
Two simple ways to use Oregano.
For menstrual cramps- simply chew some fresh oregano leaves three times a day. This is a great pain reliever.
To clear blocked throat and nose-, add two or three drops of oregano essential oil(you can get this from any health store) to one-half cup of boiling water in a pail and cover your head with a towel so as to inhale the vapor coming off the mixture. Do this twice daily. Lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils can work as well.
There are many other ways to use Oregano (dry or fresh) - it is a natural remedy for many common health problems, try it today!
To a healthier you!