Add a Little Spice: How to Embrace the Power of Oregano


Some extraordinary health benefits might be hiding in your spice rack! 

You may know oregano as the hero behind your favorite Italian and Mediterranean dishes, but its health benefits go far beyond flavor. Let’s dive into why this humble herb deserves superfood status!

Oregano Through the Ages

Oregano has a long history of use as food and a medicinal plant. In ancient times, oregano was thought to be precious to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. It was said to encourage good luck and good health.

Egyptians, Chinese and, in later years, Europeans, used oregano to treat skin irritations, infections, and dropsy. It was also used as a poison antidote. 

Today, oregano is known to have a wide range of beneficial properties. 

You can enjoy oregano fresh as a garnish or in salads, use it dry as a versatile spice in cooking, or rub it on meats and vegetables.

Many people also utilize oregano oil. It can be used topically on skin or joints or diluted and taken as a supplement. Before taking or using oregano oil, you should always consult with your doctor first.

The Health Benefits of Oregano

Boosts Immune System

As we age, keeping our immune systems strong becomes increasingly important. Oregano packs a punch with its abundance of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. These powerful components have been shown to help fend off viruses and bacteria.

Supports Bone Health

Maintaining strong bones is important at any age, and oregano can help in this department, too. That’s because it’s rich in nutrients that support bone density like vitamin K, calcium, and manganese. It may even help protect against osteoporosis, a bone condition in which bones become brittle and fragile.

Improves Digestive Health

A dash of oregano may even help with digestion. This herb has been linked to improved digestion and may help alleviate symptoms of bloating, gas, and indigestion. Plus, its natural antibacterial properties can help keep your gut flora in balance, promoting overall digestive wellness.

Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is often at the root of many ailments, from arthritis to heart disease. Oregano contains compounds like rosmarinic acid and carvacrol, which have been shown to be anti-inflammatory. Incorporating oregano into your diet may help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases.

Ways to Enjoy Oregano

Here are some ways you can incorporate this potent superfood into your daily routine:

Add to Soups and Stews: Sprinkle dried oregano into hearty soups and stews for an extra burst of flavor and health benefits.

Infuse Olive Oil: Create your own infused olive oil by steeping fresh oregano in olive oil. Drizzle over salads or use as a dipping sauce for bread.

Season Grilled Veggies: Toss your favorite veggies with olive oil and oregano before grilling for a deliciously seasoned side dish.

Top Pizza and Pasta: Try this classic flavor combination by generously sprinkling oregano over your pizza or pasta dishes for an authentic Italian taste.

Senior Star + Superfoods

With its array of health-boosting properties and versatile uses, oregano is truly a culinary gem. Spice up your life and reap the benefits of this aromatic herb today!

Be sure to check in with your local Senior Star community to see what special events are planned this month. There are lots of opportunities to sample and savor oregano!

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