Oregano is a delicious herb often used in Italian, Greek, and Spanish cooking. It is often used in spice blends, including Italian spices, and pairs well with meat, tomato dishes, and eggs. Because of its antibacterial properties, I often add them to my homemade soups and stews.
But the benefit of oregano leaves goes beyond the kitchen!
Oregano Herb Health Benefits
The use of oregano as a healthy herb is centuries old, but it is gaining popularity as a natural remedy. Modern science supports this: it contains high levels of omega-3s, iron, manganese, vitamin K and antioxidants.
Oregano Essential Oil is known in natural health communities for its antibacterial properties and is even being studied by the mainstream medical community for its health benefits.
High antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Like fresh herbs, oregano oil has a very high antioxidant content and helps fight free radicals. These antioxidants include:
- Rosmarinic acid
- Ursolic acid
- Oleanolic acid
According to a 2015 study, some actions of oregano oil may protect against the harm caused by its antioxidants.
A 2007 study showed that combining essential oils with oregano and roadside oils could reduce inflammatory cytokine production. This is because the essential oil blend helps to reduce the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as colitis.
Another study, published in the journal Experimental and Toxicological Pathology, found that oregano oil can reduce the negative effects of colitis in the rat and open up new ideas about its benefits to the colon and liver.
Oregano has many antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Medical Center at Georgetown University found new antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections, like oregano oil.
In an article in Science Daily, oregano essential oils were found to be effective in killing Staphylococcus bacteria. It is effective in general prescription antibiotics as well as antiseptic.
Helps Fight Parasites
One study published in Phytotherapy Research showed that adults who are parasitic have significantly improved their digestive symptoms after using oregano oil.
Helps Athletes Foot
The oregano is also a fungicide. One study found that 11 of the essential oils are stronger than the Oregano athlete’s foot. In combination with salt and heat, the researchers concluded that essential oils (especially oregano) are good treatments.
Boosts the Immune System and Fights Cancer Cells
According to a 2013 study, Lamiaceae family oregano and other herbs can help stimulate the immune system. Traditionally, oregano was used to treat the condition. But ribs are more than an immune stimulant.
A study published in Cancer Articles found that a combination of oregano onions could be considered killer cancer cells such as prostate gland, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer.
Difference between Oregano Oil and Oregano Essential Oil
This can be a confusing topic! Often when people talk about ribs, they use these terms differently. But each one is slightly different. Here’s how:
- Oregano oil is oregano oil (often olive oil). This oil can be used medicinally but is often used in culinary arts.
- The oregano essential oil (like all essential oils) is distilled from the plant material and concentrated incredibly well.
- Oregano oil is the essential oil of diluted oregano essential oil. This is already prepared, but you can make your own.
How to Use Oregano
Oregano has many uses around the home:
- Homemade Italian Seasoning mix
- Herbal Mouthwash
Oregano Essential Oil Uses
- Diluted oils can be consumed fast to cure ailments.
- The oregano essential oil (diluted in coconut oil) can improve the healing of skin infections.
- It can be mixed with coconut oil as part of an oil-pulling habit for healthy gums.
- The diluted, oregano essential oils of the carrier oil are taken internally.
- The essential oils of oregano diluted in olive oil can be applied to the sore muscles and joints for pain relief.
- It can be diluted for effective use in athlete’s foot and fungal infections.
Oregano has strong antimicrobial properties; it can help with many infections both internal and external.
Where to Buy Oregano
I usually buy dried oregano in bulk. This is where my oregano essential oil comes from.
Another way to reap the benefits of oregano is to grow it fresh! All you need is a small herb garden or a window box.
Is Oregano Safe?
Oregano oil is not considered safe during pregnancy. If you facing any of the following conditions, talk to your doctor before using oregano
- allergies to plants in the Lamiaceae family
- bleeding disorders
- planning a surgery
The essential oil of oregano must always be diluted on the skin or on the inside. I am not a doctor or a medical professional and you should always consult your doctor before taking any herbal medications or starting a healthy habit.