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7 Nov

Oregano: 10 Natural Health Benefits & Healing Uses

As part of our fall series on the healing powers of herbs, check out this week’s focus on oregano! (And don’t miss last week’s tips for lavender.)


10. Recipes

Oregano means “mountain joy” and is a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful herb popularly used in Spanish and Mediterranean cooking. Oregano also goes by the name marjoram (though it is not to be confused with sweet marjoram). Oregano adds depth and savor to any dish, but goes particularly well with tomatoes, eggplant, and any meat. Sprinkle some in your scrambled eggs or salad dressings, too.

9. Vitamin Boost

Oregano is a rich natural source of vitamin K, an important vitamin that is often overlooked. Learn more about vitamin K.

8. Antibacterial Punch

Did you know that oregano has anti-bacterial properties? You can find oregano oil in many specialty and health food shops for this very reason. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils which have remarkable bacteria-fighting power. In fact, researchers recently discovered that oregano is a better treatment for giardia than the prescription drug commonly prescribed to treat the illness.

7. Antioxidants, Too

Thymol and an acid called rosmarinic are potent antioxidants that oregano offers. Ready for a surprise? Research shows that “…On a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.”

6. Minerals

Oregano is high in iron, manganese, and other important minerals for health. It’s one of the healthiest and tastiest herbs you can try, so if you haven’t stopped reading yet to run out and buy some, scoot!

5. Fiber Full

Oregano is rich in fiber (the amount is similar to chicory). Fiber is necessary to provide bulk for better elimination. As Mark always says, fiber is king!

4. Go fresh!

When buying oregano, it’s best to purchase fresh leaves instead of the dried variety. Yes, a little shakity-shake is easier and more convenient, but you also miss out on those beneficial anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant oils. Fresh oregano is pretty inexpensive. In fact, it’s very easy to grow yourself!

3. Omega-3’s

Oregano is a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Does it get any better?

2. Perfume

Oregano makes a lovely scent for your skin similar to patchouli. It is guaranteed to drive the ladies wild, gentlemen. Because it is a commonly used ingredient in pizzas and spaghetti, don’t be surprised if people, especially former carb addicts, bite you. Obviously, Mark’s Daily Apple cannot be responsible for this potential risk. But hey, maybe you like being bitten. No judgment here.

1. The Things We Get Away With Around Here…

#2 was completely made up.

Hey: What are your favorite ways to use oregano? You do use oregano, right?

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Top Ten Fibrous Foods (must be pronounced fibb-russ in order to count)

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  1. Oregano Oil is simply the BEST antiseptic, antibacterial product for the skin. Internal or external – I have personally used it on my gums, for an abcessed tooth, ulcers, pimples, boils, infected cuts, tinea, fungal infection under nails, crusty pre-cancer growths on face and hands… and also on my cats when they had abcess from cat fights. I have had friends use it for leg ulcers and surgical wounds.
    I would NOT want to be without it in the house. I grow it and have used the fresh leaves in salads and stirr fries and believe it is very good for digestive problems from poor stomach flora or bacteria.
    DONT underestimate the power of this magnificent herb. It can save you money and pain and doctors visits :)

    Abigail Packer wrote on November 13th, 2013
  2. I use to have a pain one week before and after my menstrual period, but this month was the worst pain of my life that I went to the doctor and did not solve my problem. He just asked me if I want to get a CT or wait if it disappears. I was on terrible pain, but I use to drink different teas, like ginger, cinnamon, camomile, and some time mixed with oregano. Yesterday, for some reason I did drink cinnamon and fresh oregano tea before I left at my job and I another cup of the same tea after six hours, and I noticed that my pain despaired. This morning when I waked up I could not believe that my pelvic pain was not bothering me anymore. I was thinking and remembering what I ate or drink yesterday, and found out that the cinnamon and oregano tea was the only different thing compared with other days. So, I am so exited about it because I was reading a lot about endometriosis and was scared about it, because my symptoms were similar to that. Now, I am going to send a message to my doctor about the god news, and tell him that I do not want the CT anymore, thanks to the cinnamon and oregano tea. It same me a lot; pain, time and money.

    Sonia wrote on November 23rd, 2013
  3. Hi i just curiously about the oregano treatments this herbs it can cure the candida fungi please I need your comment if can help me a lots I give u a million thanks for the info about this leaves.

    joy wrote on December 22nd, 2013
  4. Fresh greek or Mediterranean Oregano is the strongest and has more flavor. People living along the Mediterranean Ocean have beenusing oregano for century’s. It funny how “advaanced countries” over look old remidies, then reestablish them as the new cure all.

    Bert wrote on February 25th, 2014
  5. I am researching oil of oregano for candida infection in the digestive tract.

    Sandy wrote on March 30th, 2014
  6. I use it after oil pulling, just to rinse my mouth.

    I use it after shaving with some coconut oil

    I use it for toothaches or other oral problems

    I also drink it once in awhile, does some cleansing I believe.

    Jehovah’s creations are magnificent!

    Sunra Shakur wrote on April 21st, 2014
  7. I disagree that we can grow it in this country. According to the studying I’ve done, Wild Oregano can only be grown in the mountainous area of Greece, Turkey & Portugal.

    Linda wrote on April 23rd, 2014
  8. I am always been a beliver of oregano leaves since my father told me about its benefits,and when i tried,i used it all the time to cure colds and cough for the whole family including my little ones…i never use any drugs for any sinusitis or cough issues especially for my kids. I pick 7 oregano leaves or sometimes 9 leaves, put it in my mug, put on boiling water and cover it. after a 4 hours, i will be starting sipping it and the result is the best. for my kids ages 0 – 6 years old. i take out the small amount of water from my mug, squeeze lemon and honey add water and my kids love to drink it. for my kid at 8 month old,if he has colds, i add a small amount of oregano water to his milk. and yes! its result was truly great.

    Bernadeth wrote on November 7th, 2014
  9. up to three days ago I had breathing problem with a productive cough. someone told me to use oregano tea twice a day, to my pleasant surprise I am free of all the above symptoms. I will continue with my tea and hope for success.

    Shiwnath wrote on April 7th, 2015
  10. This is incorrect. When using oregano oil medicinally, it is important NOT to use marjoram, but to instead use wild mountain oregano. “Regular” oregano is origanum vulgare, so I am looking for the peppery species which is instead used to treat infection. “Regular” oregano is not spicy and will not sure anything. Do NOT rely on marjoram to treat any illness.

    Raven wrote on April 24th, 2015
  11. i live in nova scotia n cannot find mountain leaf oregano or oil can u help thank you

    nora lawton wrote on May 25th, 2015
  12. Hi my name is Martha I boil purple onion with oregano when onion is cooked I strain it in a cup add one lime and I spoonful of pure honey. That helps to clean lungs and notice bowel movements are great. Feel energized and noticed circulation on my legs clearer I have spider veins and when I take it my legs looks clearer. Try to take it twice a day. If you have broncoitis take 3 times a day. I know for a fact it really helps other problems so it doesn’t hurt to try. Good Luck and stay healthy. Walk at least 20 minutes per day it doesn’t hurt.

    Martha wrote on May 25th, 2015

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