Origanum vulgare is commonly called as “Oregano”. It also known as wild marjoram and somehow called “joy of the mountains” in Greek.
Oregano is mostly found in the mountains of Greece and other Mediterranean countries and is mostly cultivated in Mexico.
The oregano is a perennial plant which grows up to two feet and has tiny leaves that has a pungent aroma. The oregano also bears pink or purple flowers. The flowers are edible and are used in some dishes and the leaves are widely used in various cuisines and are most popular because of its valued benefits in the body.
Oregano can be fresh or dried. Dried oregano has a stronger flavor than the fresh ones.
Oregano contains no cholesterol thus it contains a high nutritional value such as sodium, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, calcium, magnesium, iron and some important vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6.
Oregano may be popular in culinary usage but these herbs have also been used thousands of years as medicine due to its number of health benefits.
It has been long recognized as one of the “functional foods” for its nutritional, antioxidants and disease-preventing properties.
And what are these benefits? Let’s take a look at it.
- Improves Heart Health – the antioxidants in oregano has a positive effect in treating a number of heart diseases by repairing and preventing oxidative stress. The potassium present in oregano is an important part of our cell and body fluids that helps in relieving rapid heart rate and regulates blood pressure levels.
- Boosts Immunity – two important components of oregano which are the rosmarinic acid and thymol are a powerful antioxidant compound that has been closely linked in reducing oxidative stress in the body. Free radical are the destructive by-products of cellular metabolism that may cause chronic diseases thus adding oregano to your diet can help improve your immune system healthy.
- Helps in Digestion – oregano is packed with fiber and these fibers are an essential element in keeping a healthy digestive system as it increases the bulk of your stool and stimulates peristaltic motion which moves food through the digestive tract and excretes it efficiently. Also, fiber helps in maintaining a healthy gut thus increasing the nutrients uptake.
- Rich Source of Vitamin K – oregano is one of the plants that have a rich source of Vitamin K that is vital in promoting cardiovascular health and is integral to keeping calcium out of the arteries thus it also helps effectively in the bone development and promotes blood clotting.
- Improves Bone Health – oregano has a significant amount of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, iron, Vitamin K and many more that is important and crucial components for keeping a healthy bone.
- Eliminates Intestinal Parasites – by the use of dried oregano or oregano oil the intestinal parasites can be eliminated and can help in protecting the gastrointestinal tract. These unwanted intestinal parasites can cause discomfort that may lead to more serious diseases.
- Reduces Infections – the carvacrol present in oregano plays a heavy role in warding off viral infections that leads to nausea, stomach pain, and diarrhea and those infections that leave a harmful effect on your body.
- Loaded with Antioxidants – the carvacrol and thymol found in oregano are rich sources of antioxidants that help in preventing damage to cells by free radicals.
- Relieves Inflammation – the carvacrol in oregano boost many anti-inflammatory properties and helps in reducing the swelling in case of an injury or illness.
- Contain Anti-Cancer Properties – the antioxidant present in oregano extract helps in preventing the formation of cancerous cells and also helped to kill them off. The many antioxidants present in oregano help not just the infections and viruses but also helps in major diseases such as cancer.
- Increases Energy Levels – oregano has an organic component of B-Vitamins that helps in improving the functionality of the metabolism making your body rejuvenated and energized. The presence of iron in oregano helps in increasing the circulation and increasing the levels of hemoglobin that also helps to fully oxygenate the cells and muscles of the body thereby increasing the energy and strength.
- Detoxifies the Body – oregano can help in liver function and speed up the process of toxin elimination due to its high rich-nutrient content such as calcium, iron, manganese, Vitamin K, fiber and other organic compounds making it ideal herb for detoxifying your body.
- Controls Cholesterol Levels – oregano is a rich source of dietary fiber that helps in controlling the cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Treats Menstrual Cramps – a simple chew for a piece of oregano or a tea can help you relieves menstrual cramps, it relieves the pain intensity and discomfort during menstruation. Using oregano regularly can also prevent premature menopause.
- Treats Common Cold – drinking oregano tea or oregano juice can help relieves severe cold symptoms. Oregano helps in boasting strong antiseptic qualities that eliminate toxin out of your system.
- Combats Bacteria – oregano is popular for its antibacterial properties. It helps to block the strains of bacteria that could lead to developing the infection. Oregano is shown to be effective in combating against 23 bacteria species.
- Treats Skin Problems – oregano is widely used in medicated skin care products such as foot creams, skin toner, and facial wash. It has effects on treating skin problems such as acne or pimples due to its antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant properties.