Did you know that apart from its utility as a pizza or pasta seasoning, oregano can also treat various infections? Contrary to the popular belief that it has its origins in Italy, oregano originally belongs to Greece. It is a plant that belongs to the same family as mint. We all know of it as the much-wanted sprinkling ingredient, but there is something still left unexplored about it.
Oregano plant undergoes distillation, in order to produce a natural oil which can be used for medicinal purposes. This process of filtration involves the extraction of the oil from the dried leaves and shoots of the oregano plant, the oil is further purified for utilisation. Both, the external or internal use of this natural oil has amazing benefits attached.
It can help in lowering down the level of LDL which is the bad cholesterol, and at the same time, the essential oil increases the amount of HDL or the good cholesterol in the body. Hence, keeping the health chart in balance. It contains compounds called phenols, terpenes and terpenoids, which have great antioxidant properties and thus become helpful in fighting against diseases as they boost the immunity of the body.
This natural extract is also seen helpful in the cases of monsoonal skin troubles and gut problems such as diarrhoea and bloating, owing to the presence of remedial agents in it. Furthermore, the amount of carvacrol present in it is believed to liberate an effect similar to fenoprofen and morphine and thus can be used in the form of painkillers primarily to reduce muscle pain, provided it is consumed in the right and prescribed quantity. Perhaps, the reason why this oil was used as the chief medicinal source in ancient times.
This flavourful ingredient is certainly laden with various nourishment, but there are some points that need to be highlighted before its use. For instance, if you are following any medicinal prescription, make sure to consult your doctor before starting to use this oil. Moreover, this oil is generally not recommended for women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding. This wondersome extract can be proven to be very beneficial, but the amount and process of utilisation need to be monitored.