Oregano – Much More than Topping for Your Pizza Pie
Oregano–Much More than Topping for Your Pizza Pie
A member of the mint family, oregano is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region. Origanum vulgare is easy to grow–makes a lovely ground cover–and is a versatile botanical for both culinary and medicinal use.
In traditional herbal medicine (typically the essential oil) has been used to ease the symptoms of a number of health concerns, including:
- abrasions and minor wounds
- sore muscles
- cold symptoms
- inflammation due to joint stiffness
Oregano contains two essential oils: carvacrol and thymol. Some research has shown these oils to have antimicrobial properties. In particular, studies have shown the oils to be a deterrent to the growth of microbes that can infect meat and dairy products. Other components of its essential oils are noted for anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s important to note that the essential oils of oregano are very concentrated–much different than if you were to eat oregano as part of a healthy diet. Oregano is a wonderful addition to any diet. Fresh or dry, it adds a sharp flavor to sauces, stews, marinades, and of course, topping for pizza.
If you want to learn more about the health benefits of oregano for a particular health concern, consult with a holistic physician trained in botanical medicine.
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