You are probably familiar with oregano since you can find it in many popular dishes like pizza, pasta, some rice and broccoli dishes. But what you don’t know is that they not only are packed with nutrient and vitamins but influence our body in a certain way. Oregano can also be known as Origanum vulgare or “mountain joys” which is commonly cultivated in Greek and Mediterranean countries. Oregano can be utilised either in the fresh form or dry one in which dry leaves offer a stronger flavor. Thanks to the unique flavor which is the result of caryophyllene , thymol, limonene, ocimene, pinene and carvacrol chemicals, oregano has been used wisely in traditional cuisine of a number of Mediterranean territories. In addition, traditional medicine also consider oregano leaves as an effective ingredient to maintain a good health. Let’s find out why oregano has been flavored for so long through the its following health benefits.
1. A potent antioxidant
Oregano contains 2 acid amin called rosmarinic and thymol which have been proven to have potential antioxidant properties. They help your cell structures stay away from oxygen-based damages. Comparing to other fruits or vegetable, oregano provide a greater antioxidant effect. For instance, the antioxidant activity of oregano is 42 times stronger than apple, 30 times stronger than potatoes, 12 times stronger than oranges and 4 times stronger than blueberries. It even offers a more powerful effect than BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) which are 2 synthetic antioxidants.
2. Anti-bacterial Effect
Both carvacrol and thymol contained in oregano have the capacity to inhibit the bacterial growth, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A study was conducted in Mexico show that oregano against Giardia more effectively than common prescription medication used to treat the same condition. For example, if you suffer from a skin infection, make a mixture of oregano oil with olive and coconut oil. Then apply the mixture to the infected site by a soft cloth and massage your skin slightly for some minutes.
3. Effective anti-inflammation
Another powerful substance included in oregano is beta-caryophyllen (E-BCH) which has shown to be effective in inhibiting the inflammatory process as well as potential in treating other conditions like osteoporosis and metabolic syndrome.
4. Effective treating Upper Respiratory Infections
It is quite easy to get to common cold or flu during the winter season so remember to restore some oregano leaves in your house so that it will be at hand when needed. Thanks to a diversity of nutrient and vitamin contained in oregano leaves, it helps to boost your immune system and against infections. Moreover, oregano has one component called carvacrol which was found to be significantly effective in relieving symptoms of infections in your upper respiratory tract. The effectiveness increase with the concentration of carvacrol. So what you need to do is to prepare a glass of oregano juice and drink it on a daily basis to get rid of those alignments.
5. Skin toner
What an amazing home remedy that can help you with your beauty care! Now you can easily make a wonderful skin toner at home. Boil some dried leaves of oregano for 3 minutes and let them cool down before you pour the water into an airtight glass or a bottle. Store your toner in a fridge and apply this product 2-3 times during a day for better effect.
6. Pain Relief in Menstruation
Many women have to live in pain or mood swings every month due to their menstruation. Oregano can be perfectly potential in relieving those symptoms. So if you suffer from any of those symptoms, you can make either a glass of warm water with a few drop of oregano oil or a glass of its juice and drink on the day you experience abdominal pain –related to menstruation. Your symptoms will be vanished in an hour later.
7. Acne and pimples
Since, oregano has many antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is considered to be one of best methods to get away from annoying acne and pimples. Make a mixture of oregano oil, cucumber juice and aloe vera. Then apply this mixture to the affected skin and leave it there 5 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Apply this method for a week or until you see the improvement. Remember to wash your hand thoroughly before you do this technique to prevent bacteria in your hand.
8. Fight Dandruff
For those who are struggling with bad dandruff, oregano is your best solution. Add a few drop of oregano oil into your shampoo and well massage your scalp every time you have a shampoo. Make sure you apply a good conditioner after rinsing of the shampoo with cold water for better outcome.
9. Scalp mask
This mask is effective for itchy scalp as oregano contain many anti-bacterial properties. Add a few drop of its oil to hair oil like almond oil or olive oil and apply this to your scalp. Leave it there for about 45 minutes before washing it off with a medicated shampoo.