What is oregano as a medicinal plant for?

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Did you know that there are different plants that can be used as medicinal remedies? Although it is important that we go to the doctor in the case of suffering from any infection or disease, we also have the option of accompanying the treatments that have been prescribed with a natural remedy that has a positive effect on our health such as wild or home-grown oregano.

What is oregano as a medicinal plant for

The oregano plant, also known scientifically as Origanum vulgare L., is a perennial shrub of the labiadas family that is mainly used as a seasoning for many dishes due to its characteristic aroma. However, in addition to this use, this plant has medicinal properties that can relieve the symptoms of some diseases, including digestive and respiratory conditions. Do you want to know more about the different healing properties of oregano? Keep reading this article and find out what oregano is for as a medicinal plant.

Nutritional composition of the oregano plant

Oregano (scientifically called Origanum vulgare L.) is an herbaceous plant of perennial type that belongs to the family of the Labiadas and that is cultivated mainly in Europe and Asia, being widely used in Mediterranean cuisine for its excellent aroma. In addition to its culinary use, the benefits of oregano for general health have caused this plant to also be used as a medicinal remedy to relieve different ailments. However, before explaining what oregano cures, it is important that we also know the nutrients with which this aromatic plant is composed, that is, the active principles or components of oregano:

  • Essential oils: it is especially rich in phenolic substances such as carvacrol and thymol. It also has a good contribution of cineole, limonene, alpha-pinene, caryophyllene and borneol, among others.
  • Acids: it has chlorogenic, ferulic, rosmarinic, caffeic, oleanolic, ursolic, vanillinic and palmitic acid.
  • Minerals: it has a high potassium content. It also contains other minerals such as manganese, zinc, iron, copper and magnesium.
  • Vitamins: contains beta-carotene (precursors of vitamin A) and niacin (vitamin B3).
  • Other nutrients: it has flavonoids (apigenin, quercetin and luteolin) and tannins.

What is oregano for as a medicinal plant – healing properties

As we have already indicated, oregano is considered as a medicinal plant due to its different health properties. But what cures oregano exactly? To answer this, we must first clarify the main properties of oregano, granted by its active ingredients mentioned above.

  • Digestive
  • Appetizer
  • Choleretic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Anañgésico
  • Diuretic
  • Diaphoretic
  • Emmenagogue
  • Carminative
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Expectorant

Next, we will explain what oregano is for as a medicinal plant, thanks to these properties mentioned.

Improves digestive problems

One of the most remarkable healing properties of oregano is its digestive effect, which is especially useful in the case of suffering from some conditions such as intestinal spasms. In addition, thanks to its content in thymol, carvacrol and caffeic acid, oregano also has excellent carminative properties that favor the expulsion of intestinal gases and therefore, reduces the ailments caused by flatulence. For these cases, it is important to prepare this plant in the form of tea or oregano infusion that we will explain in the following section.

Natural treatment for respiratory diseases

Other benefits of oregano as a medicinal plant are its powerful anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antiseptic properties due to its content in acids and essential oils. Thanks to these properties, this medicinal plant is an excellent natural remedy for respiratory ailments caused by infections such as flu, colds and bronchitis since it manages to reduce some symptoms of these conditions such as cough, inflammation and germs that cause infection. As in the previous case, oregano tea will be the most suitable form for this type of case.

Oregano is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic

Thanks to its content of polyphenols such as carvacrol and thymol, oregano is considered a natural antibiotic that helps eliminate different infectious conditions caused by bacteria such as Salmonella typhimuriumStaphylococcus epidermidis or Escherichia coli, among others. In addition, thanks to these essential oils, this plant has antifungal properties that reduce fungi that cause infections such as candidiasis.

We recommend you read this other article from in which we talk about How to cure mushrooms with oregano, but if you know that the type of fungi you suffer from is the one that produces candidiasis, one of the most common, we also advise you this other post on How to take oregano oil for candidiasis.

Properties of oregano for weight loss

Oregano can also prove to be a good supplement for weight loss. On the one hand, we have already said that it has digestive and carminative properties that reduce flatulence and, on the other hand, it has antioxidant and diuretic properties that accelerate the burning of fats and the elimination of retained liquids. Anyway, we emphasize that it is a supplement to lose weight and that its greatest effectiveness for it is in tea or infusion, by including water. Thus, to lose weight, it will be vital to follow a balanced diet and exercise, following a healthy lifestyle.

In this other post we tell you more about the properties of oregano to lose weight and lose weight naturally.

Other medicinal uses of oregano and its benefits

In addition to the above properties, oregano also has the following medicinal uses:

  • Improves circulation: thanks to its flavonoid content (especially naringenin), this plant has antiplatelet properties that activate the blood flow of our body.
  • Purifies the liver: its contribution in acids (especially in ursolic and rosmarinic) helps eliminate toxins and liquids accumulated in our body.
  • Improves menstrual problems: thanks to its emmenagogue properties, oregano is also a good remedy for irregular and painful menstruation, as it relieves pains in the lower belly and facilitates the emptying of blood.
  • It works as a disinfectant: thanks to its vulnerary, analgesic and healing properties, oregano is a good natural remedy for the disinfection of cuts and other external wounds.

How to take oregano as a medicinal plant

As we have already seen in the previous sections, one of the most used forms for medicinal purposes is oregano tea. Therefore, below we show you how oregano is prepared as a medicinal plant in the form of an infusion or tea with a simple step by step:

Ingredients

  • 300 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • Honey, sugar, stevia or lemon to taste (optional)

Preparation

  1. Add the mineral water in a saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it starts to boil.
  2. Once the water reaches its boiling point, add 1 tablespoon of dried oregano to the saucepan and then turn off the heat and cover the container.
  3. Let the oregano sit in the water for 10 minutes to infuse well and then strain the contents to remove the remains of the plant.
  4. Sweeten the drink with a little honey or lemon and take the oregano infusion you just prepared.

In the event that you use the oregano infusion for digestive, respiratory or bacterial conditions you will have to take 3 cups a day. On the other hand, if you want to use oregano tea to relieve menstrual symptoms or for its circulatory properties you will have to take 2 cups a day. However, before taking this natural remedy it is advisable that you consult with your family doctor.

Oregano as a medicinal plant: contraindications and side effects

Although oregano as a medicinal plant is very beneficial, it also has aspects that must be taken into account to take it correctly.

Contraindications of oregano

  • Neither infusion or tea nor oregano oil is recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
  • It is not advisable to consume it in infusion, tea or oil in children under 6 years of age.
  • In case of having an allergy to any of its components.

Side Effects of Oregano

Only side effects occur in normal consumption in people allergic to any of the components of this plant. The rest of the possible side effects only occur when taking it in excess or, for example, by taking pure oregano essential oil directly or in quantity. Some side effects in such cases are:

  • Allergy.
  • Abundant rules.
  • Belly pain.

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