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The Benefits of Oregano

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Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a perennial plant of the mint family of plants and is native to northern Europe. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, the plant has been considered a symbol of joy and happiness, and it was traditional crown oftcmwell.com

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a perennial plant of the mint family of plants and is native to northern Europe. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, the plant has been considered a symbol of joy and happiness, and it was traditional crown of...

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a perennial plant of the mint family of plants and is native to northern Europe. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, the plant has been considered a symbol of joy and happiness, and it was traditional crown of the bride and groom with the laurel of oregano. Its name is derived from the Greek words oros (mountain), and ganos (joy).

Oregano has been cultivated since the effects of both culinary and medicinal plants in the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

Oregano has been used as a remedy herbal to treat respiratory and gastro-intestinal. Constituients are the main phenolic compounds carvacrol and thymol, both potent antimicrobial agents.

Health Benefits of Oregano
Intestinal parasites and urinary
600 mg extract of oregano oil was administered orally for 6 weeks to 14 patients who had tested positive for intestinal parasite Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba hartmanni Endolimax and Nana. After 6 weeks treatment there was complete disappearance of Entamoeba hartmanni in 4 cases, Nana Endolimax in 1 case, and Blastocystis hominis in 8 cases. Gastrointestinal symptoms also improved in 7 of 11 patients who had tested positive for Blastocystis hominis.
Oregano extract locked all furcocercariae parasitic (larvae) of Schistosoma mansoni exposed to the extract within 15 min. Schistosoma haematobium parasites are found in the urinary bladder.

Mexican oregano (Lippia beriandieri) extract has been shown in vitro to be effective against giardia parastite and tinidazole than that is a drug commonly used to treat giardiasis.
Antioxidants
The culinary herbs oregano, sage, mint, thyme, lemon balm, clove, allspice and cinnamon all contain very high concentrations of antioxidants and herbs intake may contribute significantly to the intake total plant antioxidants and may be a better food source antioxidants than many other food groups like fruits, berries, cereals and vegetables.

Antifungal
The inhibitory effects of 10 selected Turkish spices, including oregano, growth of 9 foodborne fungi have been studied. Spices tested, oregano alone showed an effect on all fungi. Ingredients Oregano essential oil and is thymol and carvacrol at a concentration of 0.025% and 0.05% completely inhibited growth of all fungi.
The oil of oregano is a potent inhibitor of yeast, including Candida albicans.

Some essential oils and their major components were evaluated in vitro against a strain of Candida albicans. The essential oil of Origanum vulgare was one of 5 oils that showed maximum inhibitory activity against Candida albicans after 7 days.


The Benefits of  Oregano 

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