Oregano is a slightly bitter, aromatic herb often used in Spanish, Italian and Greek cooking. It grows naturally in warm and dry climates, is native to the Mediterranean and is grown in various locations around the world. Oregano has a number of health benefits and is easy to throw into soups, salads and tomato-based dishes. Oregano oil can also be used for salad dressing (olive oil mixed with oregano, this is not the concentrated essential oil I’m referring to!).
Oregano contains healthy fats, iron, manganese and a number of antioxidants.The antioxidant content is what makes oregano a powerful anti-inflammatory. Oregano has medicinal properties as the highly concentrated essential oil or as diluted oil of oregano (not to be confused with oregano oil as mentioned above). It has anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial properties and can be used topically or ingested as part of specific nutrition-based protocols. Never ingest or apply concentrated oil of oregano to the skin, it must always be diluted.
Aside from the nice flavour of oregano, it’s great to add dried but preferably fresh, to dishes to support general health and wellbeing. It’s easy to grow in a window box at home for a fresh, readily available source.
Italian seasoning recipe: ¼ cup cut and and sifted rosemary, ¼ cup basil, ½ cup marjoram, ½ cup oregano, ¼ thyme, 2 tbsp garlic powder. Chop or blend as appropriate and put into a jar and shake to mix.
Oregano pesto recipe: fresh oregano, parmesan cheese, garlic, raw almonds, salt and pepper, olive oil pop it all in the blender.