Oregano is one of the best and most powerful ingredients that have healing properties. Due to these properties it has wide range of uses and health advantages. Also it is considered as great antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory agent.
Here are some details in regards to the nutritional values of oregano
This herb is extremely rich with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese, iron, fiber, folate, magnesium, zeaxanthin, lutein, cryptoxanthin, and carotenoids. Also it is great ingredient for detoxifying your body and balancing the hormones in the body.
Oregano has the highest antioxidant activity according to the ORAC value. In comparison to apples, it has 42 times more antioxidant activity than this fruit.
If you use oregano for cooking you will manage to lower the oxidation by 71%
Besides the fact that it has great aromatic flavor it can be used for cooking purposes. It is best to combine it with vegetables, eggs, and salad dressings. Also you should add it to the meat before you cook it because this way you will minimize the formation of toxins during the cooking process.
Also, oregano could be used for medical purposes in order to improve the overall health. The best use of oregano for medical purposes is the tea. When preparing the tea you should add 5-10 grams of oregano in a cup of hot water. For best results you should drink at least three cups of oregano tea per day.
You can use it topically in order to treat fungal conditions, or you can try the oil form.
Oregano also has great anticancer properties due to the high amount of antioxidants it contains. Due to these properties it is considered as great anticancer ingredient that can be extremely beneficial for treatment of prostate cancer. This is also due to the carvacrol which it contains.
Supriya Bayadekar, assistant professor of Pharmacology at Long Island University, found that:
“Oregano has been studied quite a bit. There are so many beneficial effects such as antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties. There is also some literature that shows this compound has some effects against breast cancer and other cancer cells.”
Here is a list of health benefits of oregano:
1. Relieves earache
2. Relieves toothache
3. Relieves asthma
4. Prevents and treats allergies
5. Treats acid reflux
6. Prevents bloating
7. Eliminates intestinal parasites
8. Treats urinary tract infections
9. Treats acne
10. Treats and prevents arthritis
11. Improves digestion
12. Prevents and treats dandruff
13. Treats bronchitis
14. Repels insects
15. Relieves muscle pain
16. Relieves menstrual cramps
17. Improves heart
18. Treats heartburn
Here is how to use the maximum benefits of oregano
You should try to consume oregano on regular basis in order to prevent cold and treat cough, bronchitis, infections, rheumatism, sinusitis, asthma, etc. Here is how to prepare it:
1. Dried oregano leaves – 4-6 tablespoons
2. Water – 2-3 cups
3. Organic lemon – a slice
4. Organic honey – 1 teaspoon
You will need to pour the water in a small pot and bring it to boiling point. Afterwards add the oregano and leave it steep for few minutes. Next you will need to strain the mixtures and add the remaining ingredients to the solution. It is best to drink this beverage while it is still warm.
Oregano leaves used in cooking can also provide you great health benefits. This herb is extremely versatile and it can be used in many dishes, especially tomato-based ones. Also you can use oregano leaves at every meal you want, but in order to remain the flavor you can put it at the end of the process of cooking. Don’t add too much oregano because you might make your meal bitter.
If you use oregano leaves for cooking purposes make sure that you crush them in order to release the needed essential oils.
Oregano oil is considered as great natural antibiotic that can fight different infections, especially candida infections.
There is a wide range of uses and all depends on the health issue:
– Athletes can use it for treatment of their foot. They should apply it topically and the relieve will be immediate
– Treats nail fungus and in order to do so you will need to soak the feet in basin of water mixed with few tablespoons of oregano oil.
– Treats sinus infections and colds. You will need to add few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam. You will feel immediate relieve.
– Treats and eliminates parasites. You should dilute the oregano oil with carrier oil and put it under your tongue. Hold it for few minutes and afterwards spit it out. At the end rinse the mouth.