Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Oregano (Scientific name: Origanum vulgare) it is also known as Wild Marjoram, Mountain Mint, Origanum, Wintersweet and Winter Marjoram. Oregano is a known herbal medicine for its strong anti-oxidant properties. Oregano contains a rosmarinic acid compound, thymol and carvacrol that are responsible for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Oregano also contains flavinoids, triterpenoids, sterols, vitamin C and vitamin A.

The volatile oils in oregano and its properties are believed to be responsible for slowing the process of spoilage of food and thus minimizing the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria, parasites and fungi.

The anti-oxidant properties of oregano helps fight free radicals in the body that cause cellular damage and accelerate ageing. Free radicals are believed to be involved with many degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis and heart diseases, to name a few.

Benefits of Oregano:
• Good for cough relief
• Helps prevent degenerative arthritis
• Has Anti-aging properties
• help relieve osteoarthritis
• Healing wounds, insect bites & stings
• Ease asthma attacks
• Relieves upset stomach
• Treatment of urinary tract problems

Preparation of Oregano Leaves:
• Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink half a cup three times a day for colds.
• For the prevention of degenerative arthritis and general good health drink oregano decoction daily.
• For Insect bites, wounds and stings, apply the leaves as a poultice or a compress directly on the afflicted area.

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