Oregano is an essential culinary and efficient medical herb that has been already used during the ancient days. It is said to have plenty powerful health benefits due to its potent antioxidants, antibacterial, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oregano is rich in vitamins such as A, C, E, and K, fiber, calcium, niacin, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron and the carotenoids lutein zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin.
Its antioxidant power and proven disease prevention is indeed amazing. As a matter of fact, oregano has one of the highest antioxidant rating activity ratings which is excellent for stopping free radicals. This fragrant Mediterranean herb can help the body to detoxify and is also beneficial to remedy many illnesses.
How to use Oregano for medical benefits?
You can use oregano in many ways to maintain its beneficial effects. You can use either dry or fresh leaves of oregano in its oil form or to be taken as tablets as a supplement.
The most common way to use oregano is to make a tea out of it. The can be made with either fresh or dried oregano. About 1 to 2 teaspoon or about 5 to 10 grams should be put in a cup of hot for about 5 minutes. You can drink this tea up to three times a day.
Furthermore, oregano oil can be applied for treatment of microbial infections such as athletes’ foot or other fungal infections. The oil has to be diluted by 50% or more prior to the application and it can be used twice a day.
Health benefits of Oregano:
• Cough and Cold
• Digestive Disorder
• Muscle Pain
• Heart Conditions
• Intestinal Parasites
• Repelling Insects
• Urinary Tract Infections
• Menstrual Cramps
How to make Oregano tea?
- 4 to 6 tablespoons of dried oregano leaves
- 2 to 3 cups of water
- A slice of organic lemon to increase bioavailability (Optional)
- Organic raw honey to taste (If desired)
All you have to do is to put pure drinking water in a small pot to boil on the stove then turn off heat when it already boiled. Now, add oregano leaves and allow it to steep for about five minutes and let it cool. Strain the leaves and add some honey to taste, if so desired. Drink water all throughout the day to reap its maximum benefits.