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6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Oregano

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Oregano is considered a staple herb in many cuisines around the world.

It has a strong flavor and brings warmth to dishes, along with a hint of subtle sweetness.

It can be found fresh, dried or as an oil, and all are said to have significant health benefits.

Though typically used in small amounts, oregano packs in some important nutrients. Just one teaspoon of dried oregano can fulfill about 8% of your daily vitamin K needs (1).

From helping fight bacteria to reducing inflammation, studies have unearthed some of its impressive potential benefits.

This article looks at 6 evidence-based health benefits of oregano.

1. Rich in Antioxidants

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Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body.

The buildup of free radicals has been linked to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Several test-tube studies have found that oregano and oregano oil are high in antioxidants (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

Oregano essential oil is especially high in carvacrol and thymol, two antioxidants that can help prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals (6Trusted Source).

In combination with other high-antioxidant foods like fruits and vegetables, oregano could provide a hearty dose of antioxidants that may help improve your health.

SUMMARY: Oregano is high in antioxidants, which can help prevent damage by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals.

2. May Help Fight Bacteria

Oregano contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties.

One test-tube study showed that oregano essential oil helped block the growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, two strains of bacteria that can cause infection (7Trusted Source).

Another test-tube study found that oregano was effective against 23 species of bacteria (8Trusted Source).

Furthermore, a test-tube study compared the antimicrobial activity of oregano, sage and thyme essential oils. Oregano was one of the most efficient essential oils against bacteria, second to thyme (9Trusted Source).

Current research is limited to test-tube studies that have used concentrated amounts of this herb. Thus, further research is needed to determine how these results could affect humans.

SUMMARY: Test-tube studies have found that oregano and its components may be effective against certain strains of bacteria.

Oregano is high in antioxidants. These compounds can not only neutralize free radical damage, but they may also aid in cancer prevention (2Trusted Source).

Some test-tube studies have shown that oregano and its components may help kill cancer cells.

One test-tube study treated human colon cancer cells with oregano extract and found that it stopped the growth of cancer cells and helped kill them off (10Trusted Source).

Another test-tube study showed that carvacrol, one of the components in oregano, also helped suppress the growth and spread of colon cancer cells (11Trusted Source).

However, keep in mind that these were test-tube studies using high amounts of the herb and its compounds. Human studies using typical doses are needed to determine its effects.

SUMMARY: Oregano is high in antioxidants and contains compounds that have been shown to reduce cancer cell growth in some test-tube studies.

4. May Help Reduce Viral Infection

In addition to fighting off bacteria, some test-tube studies have found that oregano and its components may also protect against some viruses.

In particular, carvacrol and thymol are two compounds in oregano that have been associated with antiviral properties.

In one test-tube study, carvacrol inactivated norovirus, a viral infection that causes diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain, within one hour of treatment (12Trusted Source).

Another test-tube study found that thymol and carvacrol inactivated 90% of the herpes simplex virus within just one hour (13Trusted Source).

While these results are promising, additional research on how oregano may impact viral infections in humans is needed.

SUMMARY: Carvacrol and thymol are two compounds found in oregano that have been shown to decrease the activity of viruses in some test-tube studies.

5. Could Decrease Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal immune response that occurs as a result of illness or injury.

However, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to the development of diseases like heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions (14Trusted Source).

Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation (15Trusted Source).

It also contains compounds like carvacrol that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In one animal study, carvacrol reduced swelling in the paws of mice by up to 57% (16Trusted Source).

Another animal study showed that a mixture of thyme and oregano essential oils reduced the number of inflammatory markers in mice with colitis, or an inflamed colon (17Trusted Source).

Remember that these studies looked at the effects of oregano and its components in highly concentrated amounts. Studies are needed to determine how a normal dose could affect inflammation in humans.

SUMMARY: Oregano is high in antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation. Animal studies show that oregano oil and its components could help reduce inflammation.

6. Easy to Add to Your Diet

Though you may think of oregano as a topping reserved solely for pizzas and pasta dishes, this versatile herb can be used in many ways.

Try mixing whole oregano leaves into other greens for a nutrient-packed salad or sprinkling the leaves into chili, soups or stews.

You can also use it to make fresh pesto or salad dressing, season meat dishes or kick up the flavor of homemade sauces.

Oregano is available fresh, dried or as an oil, making it super easy to add to your diet.

SUMMARY: Oregano is available either fresh, dried or as an oil, and it can be added to stews, dressings, sauces, meats and more.

The Bottom Line

Oregano is an herb that boasts some pretty potent benefits when it comes to your health.

It is high in antioxidants and may help fight off bacteria and viruses, potentially reduce the growth of cancer cells and help alleviate inflammation.

However, current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies. Further research is needed to determine its potential effects in humans.

Luckily, oregano is versatile, easy to add to your diet and can be incorporated into a wide variety of recipes in either fresh, dried or oil form.

Try our Red Rosemary Shrimp Pasta as a way of adding Oregano to your diet. How can oregano address your health and diet needs? What medicinal benefits are beneficial to you? What other herbs might you add to your diet?

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Oregano Health Benefits & Cooking

Oregano Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

The wonderful thing about growing your own plants and maintaining plants is that they are gifts that keep on giving. Several plants can be feed and harvested time and time again. Many plants will last 2 years are more like this. Your savings will quickly add up with a herbal kitchen plant of your own. Many people simply do not buy fresh herbs because of the cost. After a couple of uses, a kitchen gardener will soon get their money back and then some.

Health Benefits and Uses of Oregano w/ Oregano Pesto Recipe

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Health Benefits of Oregano
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We have grown this beautiful Oregano Plant Organically without any chemicals. While her seeds were not organic, she was grown organically. She has harvested well and stood the test of time. Furthermore, she has a deep as well as rich flavor and is ready to be taken home. You can pick her up locally (Norfolk, VA) and take her home for a $10 donation to Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook’s Garden. When you get her home start outside from your porch and then slowly acclimate her to your kitchen window seal over a 3 – 5 day period. Water her, giver her sun light, refresh her soil periodically and fertilize her with organic fertilizers every week or every other week to continue to feed her the nutrients she needs. Most importantly enjoy! Harvest about a third of the leaves at a time from the outside of the plant. Allow her leaves to grow back and continue to harvest. Should you have any questions, just post a comment or send us an email. Time is always of the essence so please do not wait or hesitate to ask us. Thank you for your generous donation. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

Update! This plant is no longer available and is now in a new home. We will share any updates with you. Want to get your own plant? Shop our plants.

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How is the Garden

Cynoglossum amabile flower

The Garden is progressing very well. MiMi’s flower has grown pretty big. She out grew another pot and will probably out grow this one too. We are thinking of just getting a pillar. She really wants to be in the ground. But, we will see how we do with the pot for now. She has come a long way from a small little seed in a little bucket a few inches tall to a ma-mouth pot that looks great on the front porch. We recently moved a few plants from the back porch to the front porch (oregano, dill and chives). We put these plants in bigger pots hoping to give their roots more space to spread out and grow up. We also have echinacea on the front porch that went into a bigger pot. We freshened up cilantro hoping a few more seeds will sprout filling out cilantro’s bunch. And Parsley is doing just great and is absolutely delicious.

We also harvested some parsley from the garden and placed it into some water until we cook it. We believe that we have “Korean Lettuce”. It has grown into a full grown plant. And the cayenne pepper has one full pepper on its plant. One pepper is all you need with cayenne so, that is good. We know a few people who like it hot. Do you? If so, stay tune for updates on cayenne pepper. Have you ever grown a plant you knew very little about? We did: our “Korean Lettuce”. Stay tuned for how we cook up this mysterious treat. Have you been by our neighborhood garden? What are you waiting for? Schedule a time to come by.

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Grow Indoor Kitchen Herbs

10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors on Kitchen Counter

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Growing your own kitchen herbs
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Beginning to grow herbs in your kitchen can be easy, fresh and delicious. Which herb in this video would you like to start with? Do you think you are ready to start growing an herb indoors in your kitchen? No, what questions do you have. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Transplant for Take Out

Transplanting

When we were just a collection of pots, soil and seeds, we were very excited to begin the gardening portion of our journey and you were just as excited as we were. Since then we have faced and seen many challenges from environmental to nutritional to disease to predatory. It has been non-stop for our new garden. Needless to say, as we learn together, we have learned a lot since February. Some plants are growing tall and flourishing. Other seeds never sprouted and some have begun to bear vegetables.

As we begin to get the many challenges we face under control, we can begin to see our garden taking flight. The Organic Journey has truly been one of great patience and observation. Some of the greatest challenges have been just understanding nature. Understanding nature better has helped us with identifying why a plant is in trouble as well as when and if a plant is in trouble.  This alone, we have found, is half the battle. The other half is finding an effective and Organic Remedy as well as being persistent until the issue is resolved.

Through that journey we have seen some plants flounder and others come back stronger than Rocky after being knocked down. This is always an amazing experience. We promised a few kitchen plants to some of our early enthusiasts and hope to deliver on those promises. Some of the kitchen plants that we almost gave up on have come back and just may go to their new homes after all. We re-potted Oregano and placed a few Soil Blocks in pots.

Included in this article you can see the process of transplanting a plant, Oregano, from one, smaller pot, to a larger pot. A good way to know if your plant is ready for a new pot is to check the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, in the case of our clay pots, and if the roots are peaking out you know they are in search of more resources. Larger pots can encourage plant growth by giving your plant more resources to feed off of. You may also find that you are okay with the size of your plant and maintain the pot size you have despite what the roots are telling you. These images are a great learning tool for those who have kitchen or container gardener and will not be planting outdoors or in the ground. Note: we added soil to the larger pot first. Remember you container plants / potted plants need food. So, remember to fertilize your pot soil so that your plants continue to get the nutrients it needs.

Have you started your own urban garden? How is it going? Drop us a line and give us an update anytime. We know the process can be one of patience, so we will check back with you. What is the best part about having a garden? Do you have a small space outside where you can grow one plant? Have you considered growing an edible flower? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing!

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