Five reasons why you need oregano in your life
Did you know? Oregano has been used in medicine for thousands of years. The oregano herb belongs to the mint family – with the name originating from the Greek words “oros” (mountains) and “ganos”.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of using and consuming oregano.
Oregano contains iron, fibre, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium, omega fatty acids, and is also a rich source of vitamin K.
Oregano oil is said to be a potent antidote against bacteria. It contains a chemical compound (phenol) carvacrol, which has shown to stop the growth of several different types of bacteria.
Scientists from the University of Bonn (Germany), and the ETH in Zurich (Switzerland), also identified an active ingredient in oregano known as ‘beta Caryophyllene (E-BCP)’, which is said to help decrease inflammation in the colon and prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis (thickening and hardening of artery walls).
Research has also shown that oregano oil may be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics.
Oregano can be used to treat a whole range of conditions including gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, earache, muscle ache, toothache, allergies, fatigue, headaches and urinary tract infections. It can also be applied directly to the skin to help treat a number of skin conditions including acne and dandruff.
A team of scientists from the University of the United Arab Emirates explained in the magazine, PLOS ONE – the potential ‘anti- cancer’ properties of oregano are based on its structural components. When consumed, oregano may promote activity in the body to kill cancer cells in patients with breast cancer.
Scientists at the University of Bonn (Germany), and the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, identified an active ingredient in oregano - known as beta-caryophyllene (E-BCP). This active ingredient may help to soothe symptoms of conditions such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.