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Oregano for Taste, Aroma and Health

by Laina Poulakos

Oh, oregano and its delicious taste and alluring aroma—it reminds many of us of our favorite Italian dishes. Whether its pizza, spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna, oregano is probably in it. However, oregano is more than just a flavorful and aromatic herb—it has many health benefits as well.

Oregano is an antibacterial and provides support for the immune system and lungs. It is high in thiamine oil, which can be useful in treating giardia and other ailments, such as colds and the flu. Oregano also contains an amazing amount of antioxidants—one gram has 42 times more antioxidants than an entire apple.

Oregano is also a strong antiseptic, making it ideal to use in a mouthwash for mouth sores. It is also a strong anti-fungal and can be used to treat yeast infections, both inside and outside of the body.

A simple tea can be brewed with two teaspoons of dry oregano in about eight ounces of hot water. This tea can be used to access any of the above benefits and can even be applied externally to treat boils, athletes’ foot, ringworm and more.

Oregano is more than just an herb for your Italian dishes. Adding it to your everyday diet can bring its many great benefits to you and your family. Oh oregano!

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for private consultations about herbal medicine by calling 703-851-0087 or visiting

June 2020




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