The First information about the oregano (which is a kind of plant) recorded in Ancient Greece. In the book «herbs» Dioscorides described his years of research and proved that all the herbs and roots have medicinal properties to a greater or lesser extent. Later, in Ancient Rome, Tselius Apicius made a list of dishes that were rather wealthy Romans. Almost all of them contain significant amounts of spices, including oregano.
The Main place where this spice is considered the southern and Central parts of Europe. This perennial plant reaches a height up to 80 inches, has the leaves elliptical in shape, white or purple flowers, creeping root. Oregano contains thymol, essential oils, tannins, carvacrol and rosmarinic acid. Thanks to the aromatic properties of oregano, its application extends to the cosmetic industry.
As for the cooking, taste of the spices blends perfectly with salads, ham, fish sauces, lamb and pork, baked potatoes, kebabs and soups. If during the cooking process you have at hand there was no oregano what to replace without compromising the taste - issue is solved. You will come to the aid marjoram, but remember that its flavor is more tart and full-bodied.
Thirty years ago in Russia, almost nobody knew about the existence of oregano. What is this spice, I had an idea that foreign cooks. Today it is used as in the well-known dishes, and their home culinary experiments. Try to add these fragrant leaves to the tomatoes, eggs, beans or venison.
Held in UK research revealed other useful properties of oregano. What is a therapeutic plant, it is now confirmed clinically. Contained in the plant carvacrol is one of the strongest antibiotics along with penicillin or streptomycin. This substance may be used if fungal infections, parasites and even for destruction of Staphylococcus aureus, common in medical institutions.
Of Oregano has a positive effect on the nervous system, relieves insomnia, relieves stress, improves the appetite, removes spasms, regulates the digestive process. Preparations based on it have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and expectorant. In addition, this seasoning possesses purgative and diuretic properties.
In folk medicine, oregano is also used. For example, it is added in tea for chronic bronchitis, angina, influenza, pneumonia and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Suffering from rheumatism, boils and rashes is recommended to take baths, compresses. People with gingivitis should do gargling with the infusion from this plant.
So many useful features makes to think seriously about the “status” oregano. What it is: a spice or a medicinal plant? In any case you should remember about the measure. Abuse of oregano is contraindicated for women during pregnancy and men who have problems with the genitourinary system.
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