Oregano is a warm and aromatic herb that is mostly added to pizza, pasta, and soup preparations. Read on to know how oregano can benefit your health.
Oregano is a wonderful herb that makes many food preparations highly appealing. It is also widely used all over the world to heal and treat many health problems naturally. Here are 7 ways to use oregano in improving your health status.
Antibiotic property. Oregano oil is highly potent against bacteria and has been found to be effective against the pathogenic effects of virus and yeast as well. Fresh, dried oregano leaves and oregano essential oil can be used to restrict the candida infection and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
Antioxidant benefits. Oregano is rich in phenolic acids and phytochemical flavonoids. It is also rich in thymol that improves digestion and destroys the growth of harmful microbes. You may add fresh or dried oregano leaves to the salad, vegetable juice, soup, stew, bone broth, vegetable and meat dishes. You must add oregano to BBQ meat preparations as upon cooking at high temperatures many reactive free radicals are formed whose actions can be controlled by this herb while improving the flavor of the dish.
Antimicrobial benefits. Oregano oil can also be used as a disinfectant, and to cure candida, ear, nose, throat, and respiratory infections. Carvacrol present in it is also associated with the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. Oregano also has rosmarinic acid that is a very strong anticancer agent. Add 3 drops of oregano essential oil to water and drink it to relieve symptoms of a sore throat and respiratory infections. Similarly, rub a few drops of oregano essential oil around the outer region of the ear to cure an ear infection.
Benefits of fermented oregano. Oregano can also be fermented to a more easily digestible form and more powerful form, even better than the fresh or dried oregano.
Benefits of oregano essential oil. Oregano essential oil is the most powerful source of oregano plant and can be added to hot or cold beverages, sprayed over clothes or furniture, used in a diffuser, and applied topically to provide health benefits. Swish your mouth with half a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with 2 drops with oregano essential oil and then spit it out to reduce microbial load of the oral cavity.
Use it as a disinfectant. Clean your house by adding a few drops of oregano essential oil in water, hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. Sanitize your hands by rubbing them with a mixture oregano oil and coconut oil. Adding oregano oil while washing laundry also helps to sanitize the clothes and make them smell nice.
For beauty purpose. Lightly apply the oregano essential oil on warts and acne to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria around the infected area. Apply oregano oil mixed in coconut oil over the wounds, burns, and cuts to disinfect that area.