Amazing Healing Herb Oregano is More Than Just a Cooking Spice
Oregano is one of those “must have” ingredients for good Italian cuisine, and others as well. I know lots of people who keep a pot of oregano on hand just for those times when a few fresh leaves will make all the difference in their favorite recipe.
But what about oregano as a natural medicinal and healing herb? Have you ever thought about oregano in that way? I believe that most people don’t realize just how powerful this amazing herb really is. By the way, oregano is very easy to grow in pots if you’re short on gardening space. 🙂
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Often when we think of herbal healing we think of the powerhouses of Elderberry, Echinacea, Valerian and more. Those are good, useful plants and herbs to have on hand without a doubt. However, the herbs we often think of as culinary herbs also have incredible medicinal value as well. These amazing herbs can season our food and heal our bodies, making them extra valuable in our herb gardens.
Oregano is one of these amazing double duty herbs.
Growing & Harvesting Oregano
Oregano is a perennial herb that can be a bit invasive though is slower growing than mint.
While it can be started from seed, it’ll grow faster if you can get some of the roots from another local gardener.
Oregano likes sun but will tolerate partial shade in northern climates, folks in the deep south should give it afternoon shade for best growth. Put it in soil that drains well, too.
Snip leaves from the plant as needed during the warmer months. Harvest before flowering for the deepest flavor.
Oregano as Medicine
Oregano is said to calm upset stomachs as well as ease headaches (Herbal Tea Gardens). It’s an antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, and expectorant that is high in Vitamins A, C, and K (The Herbal Kitchen).
Infuse oregano in honey by filling a jar half full of fresh leaves and filling the jar with honey. Let the jar sit in a sunny window for about a month, turning the jar over now and then. At the end of the month, strain the leaves from the honey and store the honey in a glass jar. Use a small dab of this honey in tomato sauces to help mellow the acidity and kick up the antibacterial properties of dinner during cold and flu season.
Steep oregano in warm water as a foot soak to help sweat out a cold.