The herb we speak of today, is nothing more than the humble oregano.
Primarily growing in Greece as well as in Italy, Spain as well as in Turkey, oregano is a summery herb that its purple flowers give an usurpassed fragnance, especially if you just happen to be on a picturesque Greek island.
However, lets talk about what Oregano is good for:
Oregano is an excellent antibacterial. As a herb, it containes precious oils, one of them, the so called thymol and another called carvacrol, which both have antioxidant effects , helping to protect against the stress which oxidises your body, which in turn is caused by free radicals.
Scientific research has shown that those oils can contain the growth of harmful bacteria, such as staphylococus, or fungus.
A strong anagesic, oregano can ease menstrual cramps and other abdominal pains – is is also diuretic and helps clear mucous, which helps immensly.
How to use:
Easy – use dried oregano on top of salads, pasta, in vegetable, fish, and chicken.
- If you are cooking a stew, add it in the end of cooking to keep the oils and flavors.
- If you have a cold, boil one to two cups of water, and infuse oregano for 5-6 minutes. Do not over-infuse, as the drink will become bitter in taste.
- Add some lemon and of course, honey (preferrably pine honey, which has many antibacterial and antiseptic properties).
Webmd, the popular medical site has a very interesting article about oregano, so I thought it would be useful to check it out: http://ow.ly/P3wxB