Known in ancient times as “the joy of the mountain”, oregano is one of the plants with more and greater medicinal and food properties that exist in the West, where unfortunately it is considered simply as a secondary seasoning of food Italian. In this article we will point out some alternative medicinal uses that can be given to this plant of Mediterranean origin.
It’s not just a condiment, it’s a medicine
According to experts in botany and medicinal properties of plants, oregano (also known in ancient Europe as marjothing) is a rich source of vitamins A, B6, C, E as well as vitamin K. Equally within its composition are found within its composition important inputs of fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate and potassium. It is highly rich in photochemicals, which translates into great health benefits for humans who ingest it regularly.
In this sense, below we will name the top seven benefits that the consumption of oregano can bring to our lives:
1) The large amount of phytochemicals as well as the high concentration of rosmarinic acid give this plant great antioxidant properties, which makes it a great ally to prevent degenerative diseases, as well as different types of cancer, being in this sense one of the foods that presents the greatest amount of antioxidants.
2) Likewise oregano counts within its components with the ingredient carvacol and thymol, which have great antimicrobial properties. So the concentrated use of oregano oil can be a fundamental ingredient in the manufacture of hand and body soaps, as well as liquids for food disinfection. It can also help us fight some intestinal parasites, dandruff, as well as toothache due to their antibacterial character, so it can serve as an excellent adjuvant of treatments for infections and gum accesses.
It should be noted, however, that this is only an alternative treatment which cannot replace – in any case – the opinion of a doctor, as well as the indications indicated by him. Studies have also shown that oregano oil, prepared in a ratio of 1 to 1000 managed to kill the deadly MRSA bacterium. Likewise, some experts point to oregano as an essential element to combat listeria bacteria or some species of candida.
3) In this sense, its large antiviral properties make this plant an important ally when it comes to combating viral processes, such as the common cold or flu, so its intake during this state can help overcome certain conditions where it is involved upper airway.
Likewise, oregano has great sweating properties, so its use during febrile or cold pictures can help the body to eliminate toxins through sweat. Likewise, some experts in natural medicine point out that the concentration of carvacol can help in the elimination of phlegm in the lungs.
However, it should be noted that the use of oregano is only an alternative treatment which must be administered under medical supervision, without its use implying that the treatment indicated by a professional is not taken into account.
4) Oregano also has important amounts of E-BCP, i.e. beta-cariofiline, which has great anti-inflammatory properties, so the use of this plant is recommended by some plant specialists for plant specialists for people with some form of inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis, arthritis, osteoporosis or atherosclerosis.
It can also help decrease inflammation in cases of ear pain, bronchitis, muscle, head and tooth aches. However it should be noted that in no case the medicinal use of this plant can replace medical opinion. It is also recommended that you consult with your trusted doctor at the time you decide to incorporate this plant into the diet or as a remedy.
5) Similarly, some recent studies have been able to see how cell growth and death stops over time in colon cancer cells versus oregano extract, so some natural medicine specialists have pointed to this plant as a great ally not only to prevent cancer because of its antioxidant properties,but so that once it has appeared it can stop its progression and spread.
In this sense some naturists advise its use to prevent also other cancers such as skin, leukemia, prostate cancer or breast cancer.
6) The use of oregano, whether natural ingesting, as well as its application in oil or extract is advised by specialists in naturopathic medicine also for the treatment of other conditions or discomforts such as bloating, some types of allergies, fatigue, some heart conditions, as well as menstrual cramps.
7) Among other uses that can be given to this plant is to repel insects, so planting it in our orchards or planters will not only provide us with a rich seasoning always available for our kitchen, but will keep our plantings and plants free mosquitoes and other pests. Likewise, planting it in pots intended to be placed in the window of our homes prevents the entry of flies, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, among other annoying insects, in addition to providing its fresh aroma to our homes.
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August 25, 2019