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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Drying Oregano and How to Use it | Herbs

    I finally got another video done. I wanted to show everyone how I use our backyard oregano. I love this time of year when I go out back and can smell the oregano. In this article I wanted to go into a little more detail about the medicinal benefits of oregano, as well as some tips on when you can add it to your meal. 

Oregano is a wonderfully fragrant herb that is ready for use during the warm summer months. The technical term or Latin phrase for oregano is Origanum vulgare, or wild marjoram, mountain mint, and winter marjoram. It is a flowering perennial plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean region, in Asia, and is cultivated in the U.S. It is widely used in cooking all over the world, and especially in Mediterranean. The Oregano herb flowers from July through October.

Medicinal benefits of the Oregano herb is also widely known. Oregano contains many nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, and K. Oregano is also a good source for  fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal effects, and may kill MRSA, listeria, and other nasty pathogens. The essential oil of the herb may be useful for respiratory ailments like colds and flu symptoms. And like most herbs, fruits and vegetables alike. Oregano also has anti-cancer properties. 

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Oregano can be used medicinally in many forms. Obviously we can use it on our foods. Typically used in pasta sauces, and many Italian dishes. When eating raw, you can sprinkle on sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and any other non sweet fruits that you like. also great with greens and veggies. We can also use it medicinally, as an herbal tincture, oil, infusion, or tea.

Properties and uses:  Oregano can be used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle (antispasmodic), can have a sedative effect (calmative), relieves gas (carminative), as well as promotes sweating (dia-phoretic), and the expectorant of mucus. Oregano also aid in digestion and promoting appetite (stomachic). Because of this Oregano makes a great go to tonic.

An infusion of the fresh herb has a beneficial effect on upset stomach, indigestion, headache, colic, nervous complaints, coughs, whooping cough, and many other respiratory ailments. It also helps to relieve abdominal cramps in women, and will regulate the menstrual cycle when taken three to four days before a regular time. Also us an infusion of the flowers for seasickness and to ease toothaches. The Oregano tea can also be used as an additive to your bath. You can even put the bruised leaves in your pillow for a all natural sleep aid.

To make an infusion simply steep 2-3 tsp of herb in 1 cup of boiled water for about ten minutes. Take 1-2 cups daily for desired benefits. Here is a video that shows you how to make an herbal infusion aka tea lol! It's pretty much the same thing. For information about how to prepare herbal tinctures/extracts see my Making Herbal Remedies post.

As you can see Oregano is one herb that has a wide range of remedy. I hope you like the video and addition information. I love learning about herbs and how they can aid us along our healing journey. Thank you and God bless! 




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