Herb Spotlight: Oregano

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Heidi Elder is back and here to share some uses for Oregano! She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to herbs and their uses. In fact, check out her post on Herb Day.

"I was excited to do a guest post for 'House of Sprinkles' and share what I love.  I have a fascination with anything natural that can help heal our bodies and improve or overall health, and that includes herbs! One of my favorite herbs is Oregano. There are so many uses for Oregano and very few people know it's full potential.  I wanted to share just a few of the ways you can use Oregano with all of the lovely readers of 'House of Sprinkles'.

  • Oregano is an ancient medicinal and culinary herb that contains some of the highest antioxidant properties in the plant kingdom. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B-complex, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. 
  • Oregano has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal properties that have been shown to be highly beneficial in the treatment of colds, flu, viral infections, respiratory ailments, indigestion, stomach problems, and painful menstruation. 
  • Oregano is known to remove poisons from the body and detox the entire lymphatic system. It can also help to strengthen the digestive tract and expel trapped gas from the intestines easing the effects of bloating and abdominal discomfort. 
  •  Oregano is also known to help balance the metabolism and strengthen the core organs of the body. 
  • Essential oil of Oregano is one of the most potent antimicrobial oils available and does an incredible job at disinfecting your home and office air. Place a few drops of essential oil in a aromatherapy diffuser to help protect yourself from contagious cold and viral infections.
  • Oregano’s phenomenal anti-viral abilities have been shown in laboratory to produce a 99% kill rate against Streptococcus pneumoniate which is behind many kinds of lung and throat infections.
  • Oil of oregano is also an excellent toothache remedy. 
  • Oregano added to your bath water is highly beneficial to the skin and can help to treat rheumatic pains as well as skin infections. 
  • Fresh oregano is an easy herb to grow indoors during the winter. Try adding fresh chopped oregano to your salads, soups, and pasta sauce. It can also be made into an herbal tea to be sipped on throughout the day. Oregano oil can also be found as a tincture, extract, or capsule form online or at your local health food store. 
–Medical Medium 

Now that you know Oregano isn't just an herb used in cooking, go get yourself some and see what it can do for you!"

As always, thank you for sharing your love of natural healing with us! I think we should all probably pull out the Oregano and....

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