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Oregano Oil and Leaves

"Food and medicine"
By: Nicole BautistaOregano Oil and Leaves

Oregano has many uses—particularly medicinal uses—so it is natural that it’s gaining the attention of many scientific minds. And no wonder: as mere foodstuff, it is already packed with a lot of nutrients! Oregano leaf is a rich source of vitamin K (just two teaspoons delivers 27.9 percent of the recommended daily value) and a good source of manganese, iron, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, and tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps the body synthesize protein.

In the kitchen, the aromatic herb can be used to enliven many favorite dishes including pizza, sautéed mushrooms, omelets, frittatas, garlic bread, and salad. Oregano particularly goes well with tomatoes (try them in a tomato-based soup!) and any Italian or Greek recipe.

Put some leaves in a bottle of olive oil to infuse the aromatic essence in the oil—and drizzle this over salad. Or, to put a different note on your favorite soup dish, try adding a bunch of fresh oregano leaves to your regular bouquet garni, the bundle of herbs tied together with string meant to add aroma to stock.

It’s interesting how healthy foodstuff can make it to the medicine cabinet—and even more interesting when they work! When you’re looking for a quick, natural remedy to help ease different symptoms, like a clogged nose or a cough and colds, oregano can be a good option.

But it’s also wise to go for a checkup, especially when symptoms persist. The opinion of a professional medical practitioner really matters when it comes to diagnosing and treating illnesses, no matter how minor. Obviously, when it comes to life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea, epilepsy, or diabetes, your best bet is to skip the home remedies and go straight to the medical doctor.

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