Medicinal Herb Profile: Common Oregano
Latin name: Origanum vulgare
Parts used: Leaves, flowering tops
Safety: Safe for general use.
Medicinal Uses: This popular culinary herb also has medicinal uses as an antioxidant, antiseptic, preservative, anti-inflammatory, antiparisitic, and anti-fungal. Oregano is also high in magnesium and iron and vitamins C, A, and K. The tea or tincture of oregano can be taken to shorten the duration and intensity of a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection. Oregano is used externally to treat athletes foot and relieve sore muscles and joints. Oregano has many benefits which you can enjoy by incorporating it regularly into your diet.
Recommendations for Use:
Eat it!: Add to broths, soups, salads, pizzas, spice blends...you name it.
Dry: Hang the bundle in a cabinet or other dark, dry spot until brittle. Store in an airtight container.
Infuse into oil, honey, or vinegar: Each of these will extract and preserve medicinal elements from the oregano. Infuse into honey by filling a jar half way with fresh oregano, topping with honey, and letting it sit for about a month. Shake gently every day or so. After a month, strain. The oregano honey will add an antibacterial kick to any recipe you use it in. For an herbal vinegar, follow the same process using apple cider vinegar. This medicinal vinegar can be used in salad dressings or applied externally as a treatment for athlete's foot. Follow this link for a step by step guide to make oregano infused oil.