Oregano is a trademark of Mediterranean cuisine, and its major asset is his strong anti-inflammatory effect.
Whether you use fresh or dried, oregano brings a unique flavor to any meal and gives specific Mediterranean feel. However, advantage should be given to the fresh leaves of this aromatic plant, since a part of the valuable materials is lost in the process of drying and storage. It is best to have your own bush potted, especially that it is a perennial herb.
Land – Oregano is a plant from south, and needs warm climate and a sunny position. It does not need overly large pots and fertile land. Ideal combinations include ceramic pots with a diameter of about 20 cm and friable, calcareous substrate. It is important that when watering the plant,don’t let the water stay on the roots, so it is recommended to put the soil into a mixture with ten percent of stones, which will further ensure good drainage.
Sowing – This medicinal herb is sown in March or April. You can plant oregano directly in a pot in which it will grow, or in cups, and transplant it after a few weeks. During this period, the plants should not be too exposed to the sun.
Growth – Oregano in the garden can grow up to 80 cm, but if you cultivate it potted, oregano will not form a large bush – a maximum of 40 cm. In summer at the tips of the stems form peltate flowers, which shortly convert into seeds. Thus collected seeds you can plant in the spring and get new plants.
Picking and drying – Fresh leaves oregano are very aromatic, and you should use them as a spice, but also as a food additive, since the aromatic oils in the leaves have strong anti-inflammatory effect. Keep in mind that the taste of oregano during the season can be changed. In summer, just before blossoming, the leaves are richer with oils, and it should be collected then, and dried. Never gather more than a third of the leaves from the plant in order to recover. The gathered oregano leaves put on paper and keep them in the shade, in a place with good air circulation. When leaves become brittle, put them in a jar, which you have to close very good, and store them in a dark, cool place.
Healing properties of oregano
Oregano oil contains thymol and carvacrol, compounds which have excellent antibacterial and antivirus effect, which makes the oil one of the most powerful natural antibiotics.
Prevents urogenital difficulties
If you suffer from candida and urogenital infections, oregano oil can help you relieve it. The mentioned compounds neutralize the active and slow candida, prevent inflammation of the bladder and protect you from all urogenital infections.
Oregano also contains flavonoids, excellent antioxidants that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Besides encouraging the work of the immune system, combined ingredients of this plant protect cells and prevent degenerative changes in them.
Soothe asthma symptoms
The active components of oregano oil strengthen the walls of the small capillaries along the lining of the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the oregano oil is used as an adjunctive therapy for lung disease because it works relaxing in the case of bronchospasm, softens the secretions and helps expectoration.
Facilitates digestion and prevents heartburn and acid, and essential oils in the leaves and flowers of oregano sre effective against candida and fungal infections. Mild tea from oregano has a soothing effect on the stomach and intestines, and oil, when used in aromatherapy, reduces nervous tension. Since it is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, oregano oil during massage hydrates and regenerates the skin and soothes inflammation. It is especially effective if you suffer from allergies that have a manifestation of the skin.
Carefully use this spice, especially if it is in fresh form, as it is extremely strong and can spoil the flavor of the food and cause vomiting.