Oregano Leaf Benefits
Oregano leaf is a nutrient dense spice used mostly in Mediterranean cuisine. This perennial herb is also known as wild marjoram. Oregano leaves are flavorful and is an important culinary herb. Apart from its use in cooking, it has many medicinal benefits. Let us see some of the oregano leaf benefits to enjoy this spice to the fullest…
Oregano Leaf Medicinal Benefits
Oregano leaf benefits are many and ranges from anti bacterial effects to prevention of cancer.
- The herb is rich in dietary fiber and binds to bile salts and other carcinogenic toxins to bring about collapse of cholesterol in the colon. This oregano can help maintain LDL levels and prevent colon cancer.
- It is a potent antioxidant, loaded with phytonutrients such as rosmarinic acid and thymol.
- Thymol and carvacrol present, has anti-bacterial effects on Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa etc.
- Topical application can alleviate symptoms of skin infections, and irritated gums.
- They are good for respiratory health.
Culinary Uses of Oregano Leaves
Oregano leaves have a slight bitter yet warm taste. The dried leaves have a stronger flavor than fresh ones. It is currently widely used in Italian-American cuisine. Commonly called the ‘pizza herb’, oregano is staple ingredients in almost all pizzas, pastas, grilled and fried vegetables, fish, meat, etc. The herb blends in easily with spicy food. Turkish cuisine makes use of oregano for flavoring meat while Greeks use it in Greek salad. Some chefs use this aromatic herb to get rid of the odor of cow meat while cooking it.
Oregano leaf can be found along with the salt, paprika and pepper on dining tables. Use this wonderful herb and enjoy its various flavors and benefits.
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