Known as one of the most popular perennial herbs, oregano can be grown in any garden. We usually put it to flavor foods like pizza and pasta sauce, and you can find it in almost every kitchen for culinary use because it makes every dish taste better.
This herb was first used by Greeks, who believed that it was created by the Goddes Aphrodit who wanted it to be a symbol of joy that grows in her garden. The word “oregano” means “mountain joy”.
Romans and Greeks believed it was a symbol of joy and happiness.
As such a popular herb with an incredible variety of uses, it’s really a must to grow in your garden – if you haven’t planted it yet, take these reasons into consideration for getting inspired to do so.
1. Strengthening the immune system
Oregano is loaded with antioxidants and may…contribute significantly to the total intake of plant antioxidants, and be an even better source of dietary antioxidants than many other food groups such as fruits, berries, cereals, and vegetables.”
One of the active agents in oregano is rosmarinic acid, a potent antioxidant that may help strengthen your immune system so that you can better fight off illnesses like a cold, flu and a host of diseases.
2. Oregano provides antibacterial and antifungal properties
The reason oregano oil is sold in so many health food and specialty shops is that it offers powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. That’s because it contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils known for their remarkable ability to fight bacteria and possibly even kill the foodborne pathogen Listeria as well as the superbug MRSA, according to research. The tests show that the oil kills MRSA both as a liquid and as a vapor and its antimicrobial activity is not diminished by heating in boiling water.”
3. Oregano is anti-inflammatory
Following an anti-inflammatory diet can be a great way to achieve optimal health and fight the pain of a number of different inflammatory-related conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. And, oregano contains a substance called beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), which is known to inhibit inflammation.
It’s also thought to be beneficial for health conditions like metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and arteriosclerosis.
4. Oregano can treat acne
Oregano not only helps the body on the inside, but it can help the outside too. It can treat acne and occasional skin flare-ups thanks to its antifungal and antiseptic properties. That’s why you’ll often see it listed in the ingredients of a variety of skin care products like toner and face wash.
5. Oregano offers the ‘forgotten vitamin,’ vitamin K
Oregano is rich in vitamin K, which is the vitamin that has the role in blood clotting, yet it is extremely helpful for preventing heart disease and builds strong bones and it is an important part of many other processes in your body.
If you lack vitamin K in your organism, it can contribute or cause many problems, including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, varicose veins, tooth decay, infectious diseases, brain health diseases like dementia, and even a number of cancers, like leukemia, lung cancer, liver cancer and prostate cancer.
6. Oregano is a great pest repellent
Using chemical pesticides can harm your health, the health of your pets and the environment, which is why it’s far better to turn to a natural alternative. The strong scent of oregano confuses pests who are sniffing out your crops, which is why it’s such a good idea to plant it near your vegetable garden and under any fruit trees.
You can also use oregano oil as a natural bug spray for your household plants. Just add a few drops to a spray bottle with water, and spray your plants with a light misting. It’s very good for keeping aphids away.