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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oregano-the overlooked wonder herb

Oregano is an often overlooked and underappreciated herb. Most of us are aware that it’s on pizza and that is the extent of our interest with it.

The word oregano literally means “joy of the mountains”. Greek sheperds encouraged their sheep to graze on the wild oregano that grew on the hillsides because it caused the meat to become sweeter. It is traditionally used in the cuisine of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It is customarily used in poultry seasoning and turkey stuffings, as well as pizza.

Oregano combines well with garlic, thyme, parsley, and olive oil. Its flavor is described as slightly bitter and pungent, lemony, with a hint of sweetness. Dried, it has a stronger taste. When preparing a dish, it is advised to add it in the last few minutes of cooking, as the process evaporates it’s volatile oils, causing it to lose its distinctive flavor.

Medicinally, oregano can be used to treat the common cold, asthma, nasal congestion, and menstrual cramps. The regular use of oregano in diet can also prevent certain cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers. It has been proven effective in lowering cholesterol and is beneficial to heart health. Here are the recommended guidelines for using this incredible herb as a home remedy.

Colds- 1T per 1 cup, drink 2-3x day<br>
Asthma- 1T per 1 cup, drink 4-5x day<br>
Cramps- 1/2T per 1 cup, drink 3-4x day<br>
Congestion- 1T per 1cup, inhale steam 3-4x.            day<br>
(Steep all recipes for 10 minutes. Honey can be added to taste.)

A convenient way to prepare oregano for teas in advance is to use coffee filters to make individual tea bags. Perfect for person use or as gifts for any occasion. Here is a link to step-by-step directions for diy teabags; <a href="http://www.herimajination.com/2012/02/diy-heart-shaped-tea-bags.html?m=1">http://www.herimajination.com/2012/02/diy-heart-shaped-tea-bags.html?m=1</a>

This often overlooked herb is beneficial in so many amazing ways. Be sure to take full advantage of the wonderful properties of oregano by sprinkling it on your pizzas, soups, salads, and even in your morning smoothie.

The information provided in this post is not a substitute for the services of licensed medical professionals and is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition.

I would love to hear about any experiences that you have had with oregano, so feel free to share them below! And don’t forget to subscribe so that you never miss an article.


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