As we all know, oregano is widely used in Mediterranean cooking to add flavor and smell to food.
There is no Greek or Italian, among many others, that does not recognize its characteristic smell and taste. Oregano has flavored many of our dishes for centuries. It is very delicious, very aromatic and additionally according to experts has many beneficial properties.
Oregano is a perennial plant that reaches a height of up to 80 cm and has a unique, pleasant and pungent odor. It is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. The oregano of Greece is considered to be one of the best in the world in terms of its quality. The oregano shoot is upright, square and multi-branch. Its leaves are dark green. Its flowers are pink and can be seen in dense inflorescences. Oregano is found in clusters of shrubs, hills, limestone soils, and generally in dry and rocky areas.
The properties of oregano
The oregano, from which we use the flowers and leaves, is a plant both aromatic and medicinal. It is considered to be tonic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, diuretic, laxative, antitussive, expectorant and antipsoriatic.
How it is used
Breathing in oregano helps respiratory diseases (thanks to its expectorant and antitussive action).
An oregano beverage (in a pot, boil a cup of water with a teaspoon of oregano, strain it and drink it) has several properties and applications. Used to soothe coughs, it helps to treat diarrhea and is known to reduce tooth pain.
As a beverage, we can also make mouthwashes to soothe an irritated throat. Also, oregano sticks help in antisepsis and hence in the hygiene of our mouths and teeth
As far as external use is concerned, we should know that oregano can help to prevent sepsis of injured skin. Also, oregano in the bath soothes and stimulates the skin.
Apart from the typical use in our kitchen or as an alternative herbal remedy, oregano is also used by industry. Its essential oil is used both in perfumery and in the manufacture of soaps and toothpaste, but also in the treatment of plant diseases.