The plant is a small shrub with multi-branched stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers.
This warm aromatic herb boasts several medicinal qualities. This marvelous herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and helps control heart rate and blood pressure caused by high sodium. Magnesium and calcium are important minerals for bone metabolism. Oregano also being a rich source of dietary fiber helps to control blood cholesterol levels. The major components of oregano, carvacrol and thymol, are wonderfully anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogues (empties gallbladder collection of bile juice), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties. Presence of powerful antioxidants in this herb makes it great for immune system.
Consuming 2 tsp of oregano daily during menses reduces cramps this is because carvacrol and thymol present in the herb relaxes uterine muscles and prevents painful contractions. Make sure to dry roast it a little before consumption to get rid of any unwanted germs on the leaves.
In order to keep the fragrance and aromatic flavor intact, oregano leaves are generally used just prior to preparing recipes. Along with other spicy items, it is being used as flavoring agent in the preparation of chicken, fish, and meat dishes. It has also been used in the preparation of soups, omelet, sauces, and pickling. Freshly chopped oregano leaves is a great addition to green/fruit salad.
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.