Oregano takes it’s name from the ancient Greek words “oros” which means mountain and the word “Gkanos” which means shiny. In ancient times oregano was associated with joy and happiness.
This precious herb can be found on mountains, on rocky and dry climates, though out Europe.
Oregano is the main ingredient for Greek cuisine and is used in the seasoning of salads, meats, and fish giving a unique taste to our Mediterranean food.
Besides the taste thought, is also a very valuable herb for our health with great benefits.
For centuries Mediterranean countries have used oregano as herbal medicine to boost overall health.
And 21st century comes with clinical studies to prove that indeed, oregano has the properties to treat many ailments.
The main components of oregano essential oil are carvacrol and thymol.
In a 2019 laboratory study, carvacrol and thymol prevented various strains of Staphyloccus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria from developing in meat and dairy products, suggesting that it could help control bacterial growth in foods.
According to one literature overview, the oils and constituents of oregano oil, such as thymol and rosmarinic acid, appear to have anti-inflammatory properties.
In 2013, lab studies suggested that Origanum majorana could help slow or stop the progression of metastatic breast cancer.
In 2015, researchers found that an extract of oregano improved type 1 diabetes in mice. They suggested this could be due to oregano’s antioxidant properties, its effect on the immune system, and its ability to prevent cell death.
According to University Health News, the heart-healthy herb oregano can ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help the body balance stress hormones.
Proceed with Caution
ALWAYS ask your doctor before starting any supplement, especially if you are taking other medications or have a medical condition. Be very attentive with the products that are labeled as “natural”, because the dose makes the poison.
Avoid oreganoproducts for 2 weeks before surgery, as it can increase the risk of bleeding.
Dilute essential oils before use, either with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or in water, as for a steam bath. The concentration of oregano oil should be no more than 1%, or skin irritation may occur.