Oregano

History::

 

Oregano is found around the Mediterranean through to Central Asia. The name is derived from the ancient Greek "όρος" (pronounced "oros", meaning mountain), and "γάνος" (pronounced "yanos", meaning brightness), referring probably to the plant that makes the mountains bright.

In Ancient Greece, it was a symbol of happiness and joy. Aristotle mentions that when a wounded goat ate oregano, the healing was rapid. Even today, hunters put some oregano stems inside the belly of the game, to prevent it from smelling foul.

 

Medicinal Properties::

 

Oregano has a very high content of vitamin C.

It is used as an infusion for lazy bowel syndrome, aims digestion and calms. It is also a diuretic and promotes menstruation.  For infusions, we use the stems of the plant when in flowers, since then it has a high content in essential oils.

Oregano infusion helps on hypertension and arteriosclerosis. Used as a gargle, it helps the healing of mouth ulcers and inflammations, as well as tonsillitis.

Oregano essential oil can be used on the skin for head lice eradication.

The stems prepared as a poultice comfort swellings and help with bruising.

It is used extensively in medicine.

 

In Cooking::

 

Oregano is one of the main ingredients in Mediterranean cooking. Simply, there is no Greek salad without oregano.

It can be used with almost everything, especially when cooking meat and fish.

Try staffing fish with some fresh oregano stems, before putting them on the grill.

The taste of it is intense, spicy, with some mild bitter tones.

It can withstand prolonged cooking and can be used from the beginning of food preparation.

Place a pot of oregano on the kitchen windowsill, provided it receives plenty of light. It should not receive too much water, since its needs are limited. It is quite frost resistant, so it can be planted outside.

Cut both stems and leaves, and use them together.

 

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