Oregano is known, aromatic, culinary herb. It contains ingredients that can help reduce the coughing and spasms. Also, it can help digestion by increasing the flow of bile. But, also fight against some bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites.
You can use tea of this herb for treating respiratory illnesses, such as cough, asthma, bronchitis. It also helps with heartburn and flatulence. This tea is good to relieve menstrual problems, urinary tract infections, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches and heart problems.
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Also good remedy can be oregano oil which is taken orally for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinuses, arthritis, colds, flu and fatigue. With this oil you can treat skin problems as acne, oily skin, dandruff, warts, psoriasis, insect bites, varicose veins; but also diseases of the gums. Oil of this spice has strong flavor and therefore repels insects.
Prepare your oregano tea
Preparing homemade oregano tea is a great way to enjoy the health benefits which offers this aromatic plant. You can make a tea from dried or fresh leaves.
Preparation is simple. You just need one tablespoon of fresh oregano or one tsp dried oregano and a cup of water. Boil water and pour over chopped oregano leaves, cover and let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain and serve this healthy beverage. Drink one cup of tea daily.
How to make oregano oil?
This oil is made from washed, dried and crushed oregano leaves. Fresh leaves must be completely dry of excess water otherwise oil will go bad. For this you’ll also need olive or almond oil, sterilized glass jar with lid.
Preparation: Boil some water in a deeper saucepan. Place leaves in a jar (to fill 2/3 of the jar), then pour oil (full jar) and close the lid. Then place the jar in a saucepan with boiling water and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
This will warm the oil and help herb to release its oils. After you finished this put a jar on a sunny window and leave for two weeks. Shake the jar every few days. After two weeks, strain the oil, put in a glass bottle and store in a dark, cool place.
Oil can be used on the skin or swallowed; depending on what for you use it. Don’t use oil on damaged skin or open wounds.
Precautions and warnings
Oregano is safe when used in the prescribed amounts. Mild side effects include abdominal pain. Also it may cause allergic reactions in people who have allergies to plants of the family Lamiaceae (thyme, sage, mint, lavender, savory).
There is concern that greater amounts of this plant during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, so do not use oregano if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This herb may lower blood sugar levels so we advice people with diabetes to use oregano cautiously. Also it may increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
You can grow oregano in your garden or potted. Put the seed in the water to sprout in a sunny place. Seeds usually germinate for about a week. After growing the seedlings you can plant them in the garden or pot. In the garden, plant the seedlings when the threat of frost has passed. Land should be well drained and in sunny place.
The taste of oregano is the most intense mid-summer, before flowering. This is the best time for picking the leaves and drying.
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