What is oregano?
Oregano, also known as “wild marjoram” is well known as a spice. The leaves of this plant are used in the kitchen. After crushing, they have an aromatic, slightly bitter pepper flavour. They are added to many dishes, both meat (e.g. poultry, veal, fish) and vegetarian, both in Poland and around the world. Oregano creates a perfect combination with tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, parsley, garlic and beans. Goes well with dishes containing eggs and cheese. It enriches soups, stews, sauces and many dishes with its aroma. It is also used to improve the aroma of olive oil and even alcohols – some vodkas and liqueurs.
Health properties of oregano
Oregano tea contains a large dose of phenolic compounds that prevent carcinogenic processes by removing excess free radicals. Oregano tea also supports the prevention of diabetes and heart disease. In natural medicine, it is known as an expectorant and relieving respiratory tract infection. In addition, it supports the work of the liver and intestines, detoxifies the body and disinfects. Has antispasmodic and sedative effect. Dried oregano also helps in the treatment of rheumatism and peptic ulcer, as well as neurosis, migraine and insomnia. Oregano tea also increases the nutrition of meals, because it contains protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins – vitamin A, vitamins from group B (vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9), vitamins C, E and K and minerals – zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium and iron.