Oregano is something of a super herb. It’s been used since the ancient Greek times, and actually is named from the Greeks ‘mountain of joy’. The historical and current use of oregano as an herbal remedy shows pretty clearly how useful this herb truly is!
Health Benefits of Oregano
The oil, leaves and other parts of the Oregano herb have been known to provide a vast number of antioxidant properties. This warm spice is far more than a seasoning, doubling as a great treatment for a variety of conditions, including burning tongue.
Oregano is a well-known herb, you may recall it as the green stuff sprinkled in most Italian dishes, as well as salsas. A member of the mint family, you can tell Oregano is good quality by how well it numbs your tongue.
Oregano contains a number of vital natural chemicals:
These, along with the other vitamins and nutrients, are jam-packed into a leaf of Oregano, making it suited to treating a wide range of health conditions. The oil is often used externally as a treatment for topical infections.
Oregano promotes all-round general health. It, and its oils, possess their own special qualities that make them masterful healers. They contain two very important ingredients: carvacrol and thymol. These ingredients are great! They give Oregano a huge boost in treating infections and other conditions.
Oregano is frequently used in the treatment of menstrual cramps, respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and urinary tract infections. It is highly beneficial when used to treat acne, dandruff and other skin problems.
Oregano is an excellent source of Vitamin E, fiber, omega 3s, vitamin k, iron, calcium, manganese and tryptophan. You can get a lot of different nutrients from this super herb each day, and keep your body safe from diseases. It acts as an anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic antioxidant.
How to Use Oregano
Oregano is well known for its essential oil that is very potent and effective. You can also purchase it in the form of liquid extract, capsule, or dried herb.
Oregano oil is great for treating athlete’s foot, just put a few teaspoons of the oil in bath water and submerge the affected area. For any other skin conditions or fungi, dilute one drop of oregano oil with a teaspoon of pure olive oil and apply it to your skin and nails. You need a dosage of about 500 mg per day in order to see antimicrobial results.
To fight infections in the sinuses that come along with colds as well as allergies, place a few drops of oregano oil into a pot of boiling water. Place a perforated fabric over your face (like a light towel) to protect yourself from any heat, and inch your face over the steam coming out of the pot. Make sure to deeply inhale the vapor several times in order to help clear your sinuses and nasal airways.
You can also dilute a ratio of one drop of olive oil per one drop of oregano oil and place two drops of the mixture sublingually (underneath your tongue) and leave it there with a sterilized dropper bottle for a few minutes before flushing out your mouth with water. You can gargle the water as well and repeat the whole process again several times throughout the day to satisfy the daily 500 mg dosage.
Oregano can cause allergic reactions. If you are allergic to the Lamiaceae family of plants that are typically flowering aromatic herbs like sage, basil, rosemary and mint then stay away from oregano or consult your doctor/holistic practitioner for further instruction. Also, if your physician has already prescribed you medication, make sure he/she clears taking additional oregano.