Oregano

Oregano Brings Joy in More Than One Way 

Oregano, which is commonly used as an herb in Greek and Italian foods, originated in Greece and has many unique and surprising benefits. Oregano is an herb in the mint family, also known as the Lamiaceae family, and has been used in many different ways for thousands of years. The translation of oregano is “joy of the mountain” in Greek, and in ancient Greece they believed that the cows which grazed the mountains or fields of oregano produced better tasting and better quality meat. There are many ways to use oregano such as in foods, oils, and supplements. 


What are the Benefits of Oregano?

Oregano is rich in antioxidants which contribute to the flavor and the scent of the herb, and are also a key player in the health benefits that oregano encompasses. These compounds in oregano help oregano to fight bacteria, reduce inflammation, and possibly reduce chronic diseases like cancer and heart diseases. The antibacterial properties of oregano allow the herb to help fight infections and viruses. The two compounds that are high in oregano and oregano essential oil are carvacrol and thymol. These two compounds are known to have antiviral properties that have helped treat or inactivate a multitude of viruses or viral infections. Inflammation is a common result of illnesses and injuries, and chronic inflammation is linked to the development of many other underlying illnesses. The antioxidants in oregano help to reduce inflammation, which help to reduce chances of diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, arthritis, asthma, and more. Additionally, the compounds in oregano are known for helping in the fight against cancer and can help reduce the growth of cancer cells. Diabetes is another illness that oregano and oregano oil has been known to help prevent or reduce the risks of and to regulate blood sugar levels. Depression can also decrease with oregano because oregano helps the body fight off the buildup of environmental and stress-related toxins that can lead to depression and other ailments. For centuries, oregano has been used as an herbal medicine that has many benefits such as aiding in fighting against health issues ranging from chronic illnesses to the common cold or viruses. 



Ways to Consume Oregano:

Oregano is a super easy herb to add to your everyday diet, whether it is in the form of oil, dried, or fresh. Oregano provides these benefits no matter the form it is ingested in or quantity as even small amounts of oregano contains many important nutrients. This herb is very versatile and can be used in soups, salads, sauces, pesto, dressings, and as a topping on pizzas and other foods. Oregano brings joy in more than one way: it is delicious and helps heighten your immune system and fight different diseases and sicknesses. 


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