Often added to spaghetti bolognese or pizza sauce, oregano is a pungent, flavoursome herb – but there’s so much more to it than Italian cooking.
Oregano has in fact been used in herbal medicine for centuries, as it’s believed to have multiple health benefits, thanks to its natural antioxidant properties.
What Are the Health Benefits of Oregano?
Oregano is native to the Mediterranean, and can also be found growing throughout western Asia and Mexico. It favours a temperate climate, with the temperature it’s grown in thought to affect its pungency.
The antioxidant nature of oregano means that it may be able to help with fighting free radicals that could otherwise cause oxidative stress.
Free radicals can be derived from metabolic processes in the body, as well as external sources, such as pollution, X-rays and cigarette smoke. It’s therefore important to limit your exposure to these and to eat a diet rich in antioxidants to try to combat their effects and prevent oxidative stress.
Find out how you can get the antioxidants you need to help look after your body.
Meanwhile, carvacrol, one of the plant compounds found in oregano, is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Along with the compound thymol, which is also naturally present in oregano, it is also believed to have some anti-bacterial properties.
In herbal medicine, oregano has traditionally been used to treat the symptoms of the common cold. Oregano has also been used for aiding digestion, meaning it could help to support gut health too.
Oregano oil is extracted from dried oregano using steam distillation. At Garden of Life, our mykind Organics Herbal Oil of Oregano Drops are 100% organic and vegan-friendly – we pride ourselves on the fact that we can trace every single ingredient right back to the seed or the soil.
We recommend taking six drops of our organic oregano oil diluted in water each day, taking them in between meals for the best results. Each bottle contains approximately 200 servings and comes with an easy-to-use dropper.
mykind Organics Herbal Oil of Oregano Drops contain both carvacrol and thymol, and are designed to provide you with seasonal support.