Oregano is an aromatic plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, with a herbaceous or sub-shrub character. About 50 species belong to the genus, originating mainly in the Mediterranean area. The oregano contains phenols, vitamins and mineral salts, among the main ones iron, potassium, calcium and manganese, so it can often be used as a natural supplement, thanks also to the simplicity of cultivation also in the vegetable garden or in pots. The oregano has an erect stem, with a maximum height of about 80 cm, with many branches in the upper part. The leaves are slightly serrated, but the fruit is a capsule with a dark color. The flowers, with a variable color between white, rosé and red, are collected in panicles placed on the tops of the stems.
Oregano has many properties that can be exploited in an absolutely natural way by taking infusions or herbal teas. Oregano can be used as a natural antibiotic to alleviate the symptoms of respiratory diseases by exploiting its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. The essential oil of oregano could be used to carry out fumigations in boiling water with sodium bicarbonate, in case of a cold to decongest the respiratory tract. It may be possible to use oregano as a remedy for intestinal parasites, or by using the amount of vitamin C it contains could be used as an antioxidant. Oregano is also indicated as an analgesic, so it is possible to drink a infusion of oregano to relieve pain.
Herbal tea of oregano
To combat colds, an infusion of oregano could be prepared to cure the disease naturally. For the preparation you should take 250 ml of water. Once the water has boiled, you should pour 2 or 3 teaspoons of dried oregano. They should be left to infuse for about 10 minutes with the lid of the closed container. Subsequently the infusion should be filtered to remove all residues. This infusion could be consumed lukewarm with a maximum frequency of 3 times a day, without sweetening. Alternatively the infusion for cooling illnesses could be added to the bath water. In this case they should be boiled oregano leaves in a liter of water which is then poured into the tank.
Infusion of oregano: Infusions of oregano
Additional infusions of oregano could be made in different ways. For example you could prepare an infusion with a high concentration to be able to perform washings or gargles. In this case the infusion could be useful for inflammation of the throat and trachea. The infusion for inhalations could be carried out adequately using chamomile which should be added a few drops of essential oil of oregano in order to decongest the respiratory tract and calm irritations. Oregano, besides being used to treat some respiratory diseases, is used for digestive problems, against headaches and in the treatment of cellulite. Pure used essential oil could be irritating to the skin.