Herbs: The Benefits of Oregano

The Smell of Memories.

Photo from: Celilia, Desde My Ventana

Photo from: Celilia, Desde My Ventana

My mind thinks of many fond memories when I think of oregano, in particular, because of my ethnicity and the state I grew up in, it reminds of Mexican and New Mexican cuisine. My grandmother, on my mom's side, Eva, was born and raised in Chihuahua City, Mexico.  She met my grandfather, who was stationed at an airforce base outside El Paso Texas while she was attending nursing school in Juarez, Mexico, and in a flash they were married. 

To make a long story short, after a series of dares and one illegal crossing of the border she and my grandfather were married.  Did I mention she couldn't speak english and he couldn't speak spanish? Talk about an interesting start to a relationship. But I digress, and I mean royally, because in all actuality it was my "white" grandmother, Grace, on my father's side who cooked the most amazing Mexican food- even Grandma Eva prefers her food to others and even her own (and she is a fabulous cook too)! Grandmother Grace worked in an elementary cafeteria collecting money for years and learned how to cook Mexican food from the women who prepared the food. I wish I could tell them "thank you", because wow, they did a great job! She cooks with many spices but oregano stands out because she uses it often and I will never forget how she says "oregano" with a Texas accent, she has no Latin blood in her, at all, but you would never know it by her green chile stew or enchiladas, or beans or.... this list could go on and on but at the risk of drooling on my computer I will stop here. It's easy to see, while growing up, I enjoyed oregano for its flavor profile but now, as an adult, I also enjoy it for it's many health benefits as and herb as well.

The Project

This project, #The100DaysofHerbs, derives from the #The100DayProject on Instagram. The start Date is April 19, 2016 and goes for 100 days ending July 25, 2016. The project asks people to pick up a paintbrush, camera, meditation -anything for 100 days and document the process.   I am also using #The100DayProject to enhance my beginner knowledge of herbs and to strengthen both my fledgling photography and writing skills.

Why Herbs (I will update this section weekly so check back over the journey)?

Week One: I was diagnosed with an "incurable disease" by Western Medicine two years ago and after a bit of crying, and trusting my gut to say no to the VERY HARMFUL drug they wanted to put me on to "help" manage my symptoms (not even cure the disease), God put me right in front of an herbalist’s doors, and I haven't looked back since. More on that over the next 100 days. 

Oregano Facts

Oregano, closely related to mint, is a perennial herb, with the scientific name of Origanum Vulgare, might be known for its it's use in flavoring food but it also has a wealth of health benefits that have been used in alternative medicine treatments for thousands of years. Oregano is unusual in that unlike most herbs, it is more fragrant and flavorful dried than fresh.  

Oregano Benefits

Oregano has powerful antioxidant compounds that have been closely linked to reducing oxidative stress in the body. This makes it a wonderful cancer preventive and the herb can help with chronic diseases. Oregano also contains organic compounds that defend the plant against bacteria and work the same way in the skin, gut, and other parts of the human body. Oregano also helps the digestive tract,as it's packed with fiber and helps move food along through the gut and assists in pancreatic functions as well. Oregano is high in vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids making this herb great for your heart, skin, bones and more. 

Quick Guide

Energy levels
Heart
Cancer and chronic disease prevention
Anti-bacterial
Detoxifying
Digestive aid
Bone health