Oregano is an herb whose existence can be dated back to as far as the ancient Greek time and till today used in many modern American kitchens. Oregano has been used by the cooks in American kitchens to flavour meats, soups and tomato sauces by adding a distinct taste that many can relate to the Mediterranean flavour. But that is not all; the oregano is not just another kitchen spice. Upon investigation of its proud lineage, investigators have found that the oregano is capable of a lot more than just flavouring our meats and soups.
History of Oregano
The word oregano is actually a derivation from Greek words ‘Oros’ meaning mounting, and ‘Ganos’ meaning joy. Thus the word oregano means ‘the mountain of joy’. According to Greek mythology, oregano was created by goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. For this reason, the Greek believed using oregano in marriage ceremony would provide joy and usage of oregano in funerals would convey peace to the dead. After the Romans conquered the Greek, the Romans inherited the use of oregano and the Romans were the ones responsible for the extensive use of oregano all over Europe and abroad. After that, with time this herb found itself a journey from the Middle East to China. In China, they used oregano exclusively for medicinal purposes. As for the United States, oregano did not seem to find itself much popularity until the World War II.
Uses and Benefits of Oregano
The uses for oregano are highly diversified. Over time many different cultures have managed to find various uses for this particular herb. Oregano can be used as oil, as flavouring by the cooks, as medicine for infections and fungal and many more.
Uses of oregano:
As an oil oregano can be used both internally and externally to fight of infections and fungal.
Used by cooks as flavouring for meat and soup.
Hippocrates, one of the greatest philosophers from the times of the ancient Greek, has found uses for oregano as an antiseptic.
Oregano oil can be used to keep of yeast infections and can be used for respiratory health and strengthening the immune system.
Oregano oil is used to treat ear infections in children and adults.
Oregano oil takes care of bug bites, rashes and has quite an effect on poison ivy too.
A drop of oregano oil on toothbrush will help completely take care of gum disease and tooth decay.
Oregano oil also works as quite a painkiller.
Possible role in prevention and treatment of cancer in the future because of its antioxidant properties, investigation is already underway.
Used to prepare oregano tea that cures a number of ailments.
The leaves and flowering stems of the oregano are a source of natural antiseptics.
Oil of Oregano has been seen to be used in some cosmetics too.
The oregano is composed mainly of the active ingredients thymol and carvacrol. In some scenarios it has been seen that these compounds have been completely separated from the key compounds and sold separately as a liquid in some grocery stores and health food stores. The oregano oil is highly concentrated and so it should be used in 1:1 ratio with olive oil to avoid the irritating warming sensation when oregano is applied directly on spot or when consumed without any secondary substance.
The oregano plant reaches a height of about two feet. The oregano has white flowers with coarse, oval and messy leaves throughout the body of the plant. The leaves range from 5 to 8 inch long and are dark green when fresh and light green upon drying.
In present times, oregano oil is sold in most health food centres, pharmacies and local grocery stores. It is used in households for cooking flavoursome dishes and healing a number of ailments. Oregano oil has managed to seek the attention of many homeopaths, naturalists and also many herbalists seeking safe and efficient alternatives to the conventional drugs used in our day to day lives.
Like all times, it is recommended that one should consult a physician before consumption or applying the oil topically on affected area.
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