Just try to imagine a delicious juicy pizza without a distinctive scent of oregano being spread all around your home. Impossible! Apart from its valuable contribution in terms of aroma and flavor to pizza and tomato dishes in general, did you know that oregano is one of the best known medicinal spices in the world?
In addition to cooking, oregano is extremely popular in the cosmetic industry too. Specifically, oregano oil is mostly used in aromatherapy. Besides, this plant is endowed with a list of fungicide, antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, and precisely these properties are very efficient for treating acne, arthritis, and other inflammations.
But, as it is mentioned, one of the most precious products made of oregano is oregano oil. It is surprisingly rich in
minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium and vitamins A, niacin and vitamin C. It’s yellowish in color and has a distinctive scent and it is appropriate for internal and topical use. Moreover, this oil contains a phenolic compound called carvacrol which has powerful antiseptic features. It’s interesting to note that oregano oil is considered one of the best natural remedies for treating yeast infection.
Due to all these precious properties, oregano is used for treating respiratory infections, sinus problems, cold, and flu. When it comes to a topical application of oregano, it needs to be emphasized that it can be used as digestion tonic since it stimulates secretion of digestive juices.
Furthermore, oregano tea is an excellent remedy for bronchitis and cough and it also helps relieve bloating problems caused by gas and cramps.
And here is how it’s made: Boil 1 l f water together with 20 g of dried oregano. When water starts boiling, put it away from the heat and leave to sit for about 15 minutes. Take one cup after each meal.