Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare
Not just for pizza or pasta anymore, Oregano is a warm and aromatic herb that offers a slight bitterness to any dish you dash it on. But, did you know that this flavorful spice has long been used for its medicinal properties as well? Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, many utilize it to help fight asthma, bronchitis, coughs, headaches, heartburn, bloating, urinary tract infections, heart conditions and a variety of other ailments. Who knew there was such a healthful herb sitting inside that shaker at your local Italian restaurant?
Often compared to Marjoram, Oregano has a much stronger aroma and flavor that makes it ideal for any number of dishes from meats and sauces to vegetables and bakes. There’s not much out there that a little pinch of Oregano can’t spice up!
Oregano offers powerful anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and antioxidant properties that help it strengthen the immune system in a number of ways. It helps to protect against viral infections, such as measles, influenza, and the common cold by stimulating production of white blood cells. It can ward off internal and external parasites, including bed bugs, lice, and intestinal worms. And it provides an added barrier of protection against free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies.
Also, a natural expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial, Oregano can help alleviate congestion and inflammation in the throat and lungs. By reducing soreness and irritation, it allows for better functioning of the respiratory system in order to prevent bacterial infection or further damage caused by illness.
An excellent source of dietary fiber, Oregano can play a major role in the proper functioning of the digestive system. Through the stimulation of peristaltic motion and increased absorption of vitamins and minerals, it helps prevent the buildup of toxins in the stomach through proper waste removal.
Oregano is high in a number of essential nutrients, such as calcium, iron, vitamin K, and manganese. These healthful compounds are beneficial to the body in a number of ways. They are capable of rebalancing cholesterol levels and reducing stress on the cardiovascular system. They promote proper bone density and minimize the risk of osteoporosis. And they can increase metabolism, while providing more oxygen to cells and muscles during strenuous activity.
Currently, there is no recommended dosage for Oregano. Though, its possibilities within the kitchen are nearly endless. Whether infused into oil or sprinkled atop a savory entrée, it can add a spark of flavor to just about any meal. We suggest blending it with other complimentary flavors to build a versatile—and highly enjoyable—spice blend that’s sure to become one of your family’s favorites.
While some believe it to be synonymous with Italian cuisine, Oregano’s history reaches far beyond the tops of garlic bread and pasta. Originally grown in Greece, it was seen as a symbol of joy by those in the region. Then, as trade began to expand into other cultures and kingdoms, so too did Oregano’s presence.
Although beloved for its culinary purposes, it was also prescribed as a remedy for toothaches, sore throats, and many other ailments. Yet, despite the true passion some hold for this wondrous spice, it wasn’t widely available in the United States until after the conclusion of WWII. From that point forward, the rest is history though. Oregano is one of the most common spices available and can be found on store shelves across the globe.
If stored correctly, our Oregano has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.