Did you know that Bay Leaves, Marjoram, and Oregano Are GREAT for Your Health?

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 05-07-2016

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Italian Herbs

If you like Italian food, you’re going to love what I have to say today! We are going to talk about three of the most important green herbs in Italian food. For those who cook Italian you will definitely know what I’m talking about, and for those of you who don’t know how, never fear, the Italian cooking wonder is here!

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The three most important herbs in Italian cooking are bay leaves, marjoram, and oregano. (Basil is also important but we have already sung its wonders in a previous article).

Scientifically bay leave (also known as bay laurel) is called Laurus Nobilis, and is an evergreen herb, mostly grown in Asia and the Mediterranean. This herb has been used since ancient times, and was considered the herb of champions. Haven’t you ever heard of “resting on your laurels”? (That is when people who are winners get lazy). In ancient Greece and Rome, poets and others were crowned with wreathes of bay laurel, in honor. Also, at that time and after people believed that bay leaves could protect people against evil and disease. Although this herb is mostly used in cooking (and is imperative for a great Italian tomato sauce, but only for flavoring, not for eating), there are plenty of medicinal uses as well. Bay is good for muscle aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis (for which it is apparently like a miracle), colds, bronchitis, and the flu, stomach ailments (also gassiness), and skin problems (like rashes). It is said that pregnant women shouldn’t take bay leaf though, because it is very astringent and might cause contractions. It is also good to help bring down a fever, and is supposed be great for diabetics, being particularly helpful in metabolizing sugar.

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In order to treat with bay leaves, you can make a nice light tea with the leaves, or make an infusion and use it for hot compresses on achy muscles and joints. It can be used as a poultice on the chest (for flu, bronchitis, etc), and directly on bruises, sprains, etc. And low and behold, putting a few in your drawers or closets will help to keep the moths and other bugs out.

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Now, the deal with oregano and marjoram is that they are from the same “Origanum” family, and are basically the same. They are both native to the Mediterranean areas, although they are also found in the Sham areas (like Syria, for example), as well as practically everywhere else around the world now as well. Oregano is stronger than marjoram, which has a very mild, sweet flavor. Interestingly, all marjorams are oreganos, but not all oreganos are marjorams. Go figure! Oregano is known scientifically as Origanum vulgare (which is also known as wild marjoram), while marjoram is known as Origanum majorana L. What’s even stranger is that they act the same in some ways, and very differently in others. Oregano is considered a winter herb, while marjoram is considered a summer one. It would be ideal to use marjoram fresh, but it isn’t available in Kuwait like that unless you grow it yourself, so dried will probably have to do. You can usually find it in the grocer’s herb and spice section of any larger supermarket. Oregano can also be used fresh, but here in Kuwait is probably only available in dried form. Don’t confuse it with some kinds of what they call “zaatar” here in Kuwait. That’s not really what it is.

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These herbs are also known to be good for diabetes, and they are both antibacterial and antifungal. There is nothing better for an upset stomach than marjoram, and it is also amazing for sore throats. It is one of the most soothing herbs I have ever seen, and can reduce swelling practically immediately. These herbs have also been used since ancient times, and again, the ancient Greeks and Romans used to love both.

Marjoram and oregano are both great for stomach problems, colic, and many people say headaches. They are also good for colds, flu, fever, and cough. You can also take it for relaxing because it is so soothing that many use it as a sedative. People who have menstrual problems use marjoram and oregano to soothe the cramping. If you suffer from arthritis or rheumatism, you will also find relief in these two herbs, and you can both drink it and use it externally. Both oregano and marjoram are great for getting rid of swelling and can also be taken both internally and used externally for that purpose. If you suffer from edema, then a nice light tea will help if you drink it on a regular basis, and swelling due to injury will be greatly relieved with both of these herbs. You can use an infusion with compresses for relief.

Like bay, both oregano and marjoram are supposed to be very helpful for those who suffer with diabetes, and they are said to help the body metabolize the sugar taking the place of the missing insulin. Marjoram is good for high blood pressure and more. They both are also great for liver problems and gall stones.

Oregano has been found to be so high in antioxidants that it leaves even garlic in the rear, and if you’ve been watching Oprah in the past year, you will have seen a program talking about super foods, and how great blueberries, etc, are. Well, I have news for you! Statistically, oregano beats them all. Listen to this. From an antioxidant point of view, according to an Internet source, oregano has: 4 times more than blueberries, 12 times more than oranges, 30 times more than potatoes, and 42 times more than apples! Now that is incredible!

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But, don’t overdo any of these herbs, because they can be harmful. Always remember, in herbal medicine, less is more. Go light on any herb you take and you will never have a problem. When you make any herbal tea, always make your tea as light as possible. You want a light green color, nothing dark! Keep that as a rule, and you will never go wrong.

 

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About Oregano Essential Oil

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 08-02-2014

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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! 

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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!

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