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Oregano has been used as an herb for cooking and medicinal purposes for more than 1000 years now. It is also called “Mountain joy” in many places. They belong to the mint family and it is a species of Origanum. The wonderful and unique fragrance comes from the chemicals that are present in Oregano – thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene. It contains vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

This herb is this generation’s popular seasoning in their fast food. It can season the food to make it very tasty and also provide many health benefits.

Improves digestion

This wonderful herb is rich in fiber. Though they are mere leaves, when you consume oregano, you are providing a lot of fiber to your body. High fiber content food is always good for your digestive system.

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It helps our body to take more nutrition from the food we eat. It helps in healthy bowel movement and relieves constipation. The fiber content in oregano also helps to maintain the health of the Gut.

Healthy heart

Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for your heart health. Oregano is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that will help your body to convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol. This in addition, also absorbs the unnecessary amount of cholesterol. It not only regulates the cholesterol levels but also protects your heat from cardiovascular problems and strokes. It also helps to reduce inflammation in your heart muscles.

Removes toxic content

Oregano contains many minerals and vitamins that can help your body to detoxify. Oregano can increase the function of the liver and speed up the detoxifying process. Toxic elimination is a very crucial process in the body and oregano is very effective in it.

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Powerful anti-oxidants

Oregano contains anti-oxidants rosmarinic acid and thymol that effectively fight free radicals and the stress created by them in the body. Oregano prevents cancer-causing cell growth and increases immunity.

Anti-bacterial property

The presence of carvacrol and thymol has made oregano a powerful anti-bacterial agent. These compounds can protect and fight a wide range of bacteria that can affect skin, gut, intestines, and anal parts of our body. It also helps to improve metabolism and cures minor illnesses quickly. It also helps our body to produce more white blood cells.

Fights cough and cold

Oregano can protect and fight against respiratory disorders such as cough, cold, asthma, and even bronchitis. The compound present in oregano loosens the phlegm congestion and soothes the respiratory tract. It can also reduce the intensity of headaches.

Cures UTI (Urinary Tract infection)

Oregano is very effective in inhibiting the growth of E.coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterias that are responsible for UTI. This herb can cure and also protect our body from further infections.

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Anti-inflammatory property

Oregano contains a substance called beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP). This helps to reduce and cure inflammation in the joints. Hence, it is very effective for people who suffer from osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. People with joint pain and muscle pain can also use oregano regularly.

Apart from directly using the herb for cooking, oregano oil is also available in stores that can be used for external application and for cooking.

Oil to treat cold/cough

  • Oregano oil can be inhaled to find relief from cough and cold by using a piece of cloth
  • Few drops of oil can be added while steaming

Oil to treat dandruff

  • Oregano oil can be mixed along with coconut oil or almond oil.
  • You need to warm the oil mix a little and apply it on the scalp.
  • Rinse it off after 15 to 20 minutes with lukewarm water.
  • Make sure you use mild herbal shampoo.

Oil to treat nail fungus/athlete’s foot

You can directly apply the oil to the affected area and leave it overnight. You can add the oil in warm water and soak the affected area for 30 minutes.

You can also add oregano oil along with any other oil and give yourself a massage.

Oil to treat mouth ulcers

You can apply the oil directly to the affected spot in your mouth and tongue. You need to continuously apply whenever required until you find relief.

Oil to treat joint pain

Oregano oil can be applied in the joints where there is pain. You have to massage in the oil and cover the area with a warm cloth or heat pack. You need not wash off the oil. It is better to leave it overnight.

As a word of caution, people who are allergic to mint might get allergies from oregano. The allergy levels are very small, so not to worry. We advise pregnant and nursing mothers to avoid large quantities of oregano. If you have a bleeding disorder, it is better to avoid oregano. Please consult a doctor if you find anything unusual.

Hope you got to know the health benefits from the aromatic herb!!

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Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.