Some herbs are so common that we take them for granted. They are around us all the time and we don’t think twice about them. We use them everyday and it hasn’t even crossed our minds to use them for anything other than the obvious. Oregano is one of these herbs. We use it in everyday cooking. We also eat it as it is, especially here in the Arab world. I’m sure you have heard of “zaatar”, haven’t you? Well, all “zaatar” is, is a type of oregano, kind of like a cross between oregano and thyme. *It’s not our western thyme nor is it the eastern version either. It’s also not our western version of oregano either. Italians are very familiar with the pungent aroma of oregano, because they cook with it daily. There is no decent spaghetti sauce without oregano.
The scientific name for oregano is “Oreganum vulgare”. The essential oil of oregano is derived from steam distillation, as are the overall majority of essential oils. The aroma of oregano oil is strong and fairly overpowering, so just a small amount is needed in any essential oil blend, otherwise, it will take over. Oregano is native to the Mediterranean areas, and is a shrub, and it is the leaves that are used in the making of essential oil. Oregano has been used since ancient times, and the Greeks especially loved the benefits of oregano, calling it “oreganos” or “the delight of the mountains”.
Oregano has incredibly antibacterial properties, and it works to kill even the most stubborn of germs. There have been many studies done over the years, and the verdict is in, that oregano a superpower when it comes to kicking the effects of microbes, fungi, viruses, Candida, and parasites. In fact, testing shows that even just a small amount of oregano oil had the same benefits against the staphylococcus bacteria as strong chemical antibiotics. And why use strong antibiotics at all, when you have alternatives like oregano oil? The supposed method that is used by the oregano oil is heat. In other words, somehow the oregano oil causes the oxygen molecules (in the oil) to heat up the cells and thus, kills the bacteria by causing them to be dehydrated. It gets rid of a variety of these problems, including athlete’s foot, and warts! Oregano has also been found to be effective against E. coli, and Salmonella, which are the bacteria found in many stool samples, due to infections, (food poisoning). In fact, one author has written about oregano being so strong that it actually neutralizes sewage! (Don’t try it though, please).
Several studies also show that oregano is great for getting rid of allergies and allergic symptoms, including hay fever and sinusitis. Oregano essential oil is also known to be great for getting rid of the effects of colds and flu. When it comes to respiratory ailments, oregano oil works wonders. It is definitely one of those miracle oils that you really shouldn’t do without in your natural home pharmacy. Oregano oil is one of the best known decongestants around. It is great for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis!
Oregano oil is known to be a strong balancer, and can be used in the cure against metabolic disturbances. It is also known to be effective against problems like digestive upsets, and is a great bile stimulator. It is good for diarrhea as well. Also, if you suffer from muscular aches and pains, or even arthritis, then blending oregano oil into your massage oil blend will be just the thing you need.
In fact, oregano essential oil increases the strength of the immune system in the body, and enables the body to fight against any possible attackers. It is also good for skin ailments such as psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema for similar reasons, as well as scalp problems, such as dandruff, and seborrhea. It is also said to be great for acne. One example of its amazing strength is in its use with canker and cold sores. It works so fast, that people wonder if they were just imagining the sore! In fact, it is so effective against such viral outbreaks, that it is said, that even the herpes virus is killed with oregano essential oil, and all you have to do is take one drop a day the first week, two drops a day the second week, and after that, three drops, to completely kill the herpes virus in the body!
Some sources even claim that oregano oil is stronger than most pain killers when it comes to getting rid of pain, and some even go so far as to say that oregano’s effects are even stronger than that of morphine! That is incredible! There is a dispute among many herbal experts about the type of oregano that is effective against germs and illnesses, and many herbal experts insist that only the “wild” oregano is worth having, but, personally, I think that with that both are valuable. While perhaps wild oregano is the ideal option, it is certainly not the only option, and I find that regular kitchen oregano does have an effect too. If you have the essential oil, then great, but if you can’t get it, which is probably going to be the case in Kuwait, you can simply go to your kitchen and use the dried herb, or go to the herb department of your favorite supermarket and buy some oregano. You can possibly grow oregano in your kitchen garden as well. It works great, and has effective results!
So, you can definitely add oregano into your natural pharmacy, and you will be so happy that you did. It can be used for so many different problems, that it is practically miraculous!