Whether you spend time in the kitchen or not, you're probably familiar with Oregano. It is one of the most popular spices in the world, plays a big role in Italian and Greek cuisine and is also known as 'pizza spice' in the U.S. Asides from its signature flavour, did you know that Oregano has amazing science-backed medicinal properties?
Derived from the Greek words oros (Mountain) and ganos (joy), Oregano, particularly the oil, has been used by ancient civilizations as a cure for a number of health concerns including asthma, laryngitis, bladder disorders, digestive issues, jaundice, headaches, skin problems and liver disease. However, according to Dr. Cass Ingram, oil of oregano as a homeopathic didn't really gain popularity in the modern world until the 1990s after various studies proved it's healing powers.
These days, oil of oregano is widely used to treat a number of internal and external conditions and is available liquid form, capsules, and tablets. The oil is very potent and should be used per the instructions on the package, after consulting a physician. Here are some benefits of mother nature's antibiotic for your health:
1. Antibacterial Properties
The presence of thymol and carvacrol in oregano gives it powerful anti-bacterial properties. This is why oil of oregano is one of the best natural remedies for the flu, colds and digestive problems. It can also be added in soaps and skin products as an antimicrobial cleansing agent.
2. Strengthens Immune System
In addition to thymol, oregano contains rosmarinic acid, both of which are antioxidants that will give your immune system a boost and protect your body from chronic illnesses and cancer. Oregano also contains fiber so it'll help you maintain a healthy gut, speed up your metabolism and promote normal bowel movements.
3. Eliminates Toxins
Oregano has a high content of nutrients like manganese, calcium, iron as well as Vitamin K, all of which are useful in eliminating toxins from the liver.
4. Promotes a Healthy Heart
Naturally oil of oregano contains omega-3 fatty acids which helps in keeping your cardiovascular health in check. It balances cholesterol levels and reduces inflammation to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
5. Strengthens Bones, Muscles & Joints
The minerals found in oregano are crucial to bone health. It can be used to prevent osteoporosis later in life and to provide relief from muscular and joint pains.
Oil of oregano contains anti-fungal properties which makes it effective in the treatment of yeast infections, athlete's foot, nail fungus, etc.
Will you be giving this natural remedy a try?