ORIGIN & USE
Oregano is an aromatic Mediterannean flowering plant from the Lamiacea family, cousin of other known culinary herbs like basil, marjoram, mint, rosemary, sage and more. Originally Greek, oregano means “joy of the mountain”, and has been used for centuries in cooking but also for its medical potency.
Oregano oil specifically has bacteria fighting properties, it possesses thymol and carvacrol compounds which fight infections. Oregano is useful to fight acne, dandruff, cold sores, muscle pain, sore throats and fatigue amongst others.
ANTIOXIDANT & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Oregano is found to be the herb with the highest concentration of antioxidants, to help the body fight free radicals like pollution and cigarette smoke for example. Oregano is extremely potent in comparison to many antioxidant foods (x4 times more than blueberries!). Both the herb and essential oil possess great properties, but the oil is more concentrated so you would need less of it.
It’s been proven that the cavacrol compound in oregano oil has promising cancer fighting properties especially in the cases of lung, liver and breast cancers, slowing it down. These research are preliminary and tested in labs, not humans yet.
CANDIDA + YEAST INFECTIONS
Research is still being conducted but oregano may be effective to fight different strands of Candida and is considered an alternative treatment to medicine against the fungal infection.
Stomach pain, bloating and diarrhea are few of the symptoms of a tired gut. Oregano will reduce the presence of parasites and toxins and relieve pain. Also, it is proven that oregano can protect against a leaky gut.
Cavacrol in oregano may help lower cholesterol, and the herb is particularly good when on a high-fat diet!