Oregano is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram. Oregano has purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It is a perennial,although it is grown as an annual in colder climates, as it often does not survive the winter.
Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years – with a number of potential health benefits. It is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Oregano is also known as a pain reliever and is very effective when suffering from menstrual cramps. You can simply chew some fresh oregano leaves three times a day to reduce menstrual pain. To make the tea, mix one-half teaspoon of oregano in one cup of water and bring it to a boil. Strain it, and add sugar to taste.
Oregano Tea For Colds
The herb is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff. Oregano contains: fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon natural raw honey
- Slice the leaves and quickly add to the pan.
- Make sure you simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain, add honey, and enjoy it hot.
One active agent in oregano is rosmarinic acid, which is a strong antioxidant that may support immune system health. Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings, with 42 times the antioxidant punch of apples. Like the fresh herb, Oregano Oil has very high amounts of antioxidants. It is often used internally during illness, and externally for skin infections (including yeast) though it should be diluted before use. Due to potency, it is important to check with a qualified specialist or practitioner before using this or any other herb, especially during pregnancy or breastfeeding.