Oregano is a shrub with evergreen leaves and leaves are used as much as flowers, which is where its characteristic aroma is concentrated.
It can be grown almost anywhere, even in pots and prefers warm, dry and sunny weather. The oregano of the Mediterranean has a perfect climate and that is where this herb comes from with the highest concentration of essential oil, which you could have imagined.
Commonly we use it to enhance the taste of foods without knowing that this herb has wonderful healing and medicinal properties. While we usually consume it dry, fresh keeps its properties and characteristics better.
Oregano has different properties, depending on whether it is used internally or externally. Among its benefits at the health level are:
Oregano is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic and thanks to its high concentrations of thymol, strengthens muscles and combats general inflammatory diseases.
It is an important source of Omega-3 and has minerals such as:
-Vitamins C, E, B6 and K, the latter being fundamental to strengthen bones.
Detoxifies the body
Recent studies have shown that oregano has the ability to detoxify the liver and help eliminate toxins thanks to its organic compounds and its important minerals.
Help our skin
We have all heard that citrus fruits have large amounts of antioxidants and nutrients, but believe it or not, oregano concentrates up to 20 times more in relation to other herbs and even in relation to blueberries that are ahead of the fruits , with said properties. Its components prevent cellular aging, therefore that of the skin and benefits our body.
Improve our bone health
While we are young we do not make long-term projections, but the truth is that over the years our bones weaken and we run great risks of fractures, that’s why it is important to eat healthy throughout our youth. Oregano has calcium and iron, which are indispensable minerals when it comes to strengthening the bone system and protecting us from possible osteoporosis.
To take advantage of all these benefits provided by oregano, we recommend you prepare this healing beverage:
-3 teaspoons of fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon of being dry.
-300 ml of water.
-Boil a cup of water.
-Place the oregano inside the cup and pour the water hot.
-Cover the cup and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
-Strain the infusion and sweeten with a teaspoon of sugar.
How To Grow Oregano
Growing oregano is easy. Oregano can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or purchased container plants.
Seeds should be started indoors prior to your region’s last expected frost. There’s no need to cover oregano herb seeds with soil. Simply mist them with water and cover the seed tray or container with plastic. Place this in a sunny location such as a window to germinate. Oregano seeds usually germinate within about a week or so. Once the seedlings have reached approximately 6 inches tall, the plants can be thinned down to about a foot apart.
Oregano plants can be set out or transplanted in the garden once the risk of frost has passed. Locate oregano in areas receiving full sun and in well-drained soil.
Established plants do not require much attention. In fact, these drought-tolerant herbs need watering only during excessively dry periods. Oregano doesn’t need to be fertilized either, as these hardy plants can typically take care of themselves. For optimal flavor (if growing oregano for kitchen use) or more compact plant growth, flower buds can be pinched out as they begin to bloom.
Herb Oregano herb plants are commonly used for cooking. Plants can be harvested anytime once they have reached 4 to 6 inches tall. Harvesting oregano leaves as flower buds form will often yield the best flavor. Harvest oregano leaves in the morning hours once dew has dried.
Oregano leaves can be stored whole, placed in freezer bags and frozen. They can also be dried in a dark, well-ventilated area and stored in airtight containers until ready to use.
Oregano plants should be cut back to the ground and covered with a layer of mulch for over wintering outdoors. Container grown plants can be brought inside for growing oregano indoors year round.
Now that you know how to grow oregano, you can add this tasty herb to your herb garden and enjoy it!