The oregano is a plant considered by the cuisine as a herb odor. It is highly aromatic, versatile and used in the preparation of countless foods. It is native to the areas near the Mediterranean Sea, the countries included having a good supply of it. At present, it can be grown in any type of soil, as it does not require special care.Oregano grows like a shrub, reaching a maximum height of between 45 and 50 centimeters. Its stem is reddish in color. Its healthy leaves are green , turning yellow in disease condition. They have a distinctive shape, with a broad, oval outline, jagged edges and velvet-like textured hairiness.From the same plant, during its full maturation, tiny white or reddish flowers sprout . It is common for it to occur in the wild, where rains abound and there is more vegetation around it. There are different species of oregano, because the climate of the region where it grows and the season of the year define the composition of the essential oils it contains.

What is oregano good for?

Oregano is recognized for being composed of a stearoptene and two types of phenols, which provide it with healing attributes.

It serves to:

  • Antibacterial functions
  • Calm spasms
  • Exterminate lice and nits
  • Slow aging

In Greek mythology, it is considered that Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty , was the first to plant oregano and endowed this bush with its exuberant aroma. This characteristic fragrance is emitted from the tiny glands in which the essential oil of the plant is contained.

Antibacterial functions

Thanks to a chemical from the group of phenols called carvacrol , oregano is a high-potential antibacterial agent. Different university studies conclude that it can eliminate even more bacteria than penicillin itself.

It is reasonable that the grandmothers continue to recommend the promotion of oregano crushed and combined with other plants to disinfect burns on the skin, and the infusions or teas of oregano to purge the body of stomach parasites.

The scientific community is dedicated to the constant research work of oregano, for its implementation as a medicinal remedy.

Calm spasms

The chemical composition of oregano serves to stabilize and give well-being to muscle tissues. It serves for purposes such as:

  • The relief and control of menstrual cramps, which are strong spasms in the belly due to the detachment of the endometrium, in the menstrual period.
  • Reduce abdominal pain from stomach conditions such as severe cramps and gastritis.

Exterminate lice and nits

The crushed oregano dissolved in water, in the form of a concentrated liquid, is an effective product to deal with lice and nits that live in the patient’s hair. The advantage of resorting to this remedy is that there is no need to worry about poisoning, as is often the case with specialized medications.

Also, a side effect of using oregano in this way is hair strengthening. If you live in an area prone to this type of pest, it is recommended to periodically wash your hair with the same concentrate, to prevent it from getting worse and its spread.

Slow aging

Oregano has a chemical composition that serves to combat the action of free radicals , which are unstable molecules that attack cell membranes, shedding electrons, and causing tissue aging.

It is therefore important to consume it in small doses, in order to help our body maintain longevity, in a natural way.

Contraindications of oregano

It is not recommended to use oregano during pregnancy , because its chemical composition stimulates the uterine walls, and it could cause an abortion or generate complications . It is dangerous, whether you use an infusion of the plant or its concentrated oil.

Caution is suggested in the frequent use of oregano during the menstrual period, because before the internal stimulus, it could cause dysmenorrhea, or worse, more abundant bleeding .

On the other hand, you should avoid applying oregano oil directly to the skin , as it has a large proportion of substances that could cause irritation.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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