Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Health Benefits of Oregano== By Ashira R Platinum Quality Author

Think oregano, think of rich, savory tomato sauce or the best pizza place in town. Over the course of history, oregano has actually been an herb that has confused a great many people. In most cases an herb may have two or perhaps even three variations. Oregano on the other hand has a whole genus of herbs that over the years have been called by the name oregano.
In history the culinary uses of oregano were almost unheard of. It was the medicinal uses that were used by the Greeks for aching muscles, the Romans for spider bites, and the bald men even tried rubbing it with olive oil in hopes of regrowing their hair. There is no known clinical studies or research on the effects of oregano. Oregano came to North America by way of European colonists. It was not originally a native plant, but now can be found growing wild. Upon arriving in North America it was quickly used as part of standard medicine. The tea was used to treat coughs and asthma. An oil was used by distilling the herb in water, however, as it takes nearly 200 pounds of oregano to produce a single pound of oil, it was quickly dismissed as a standard oil in medicine.
Today, oregano is probably best known for its appearance in tomato sauces. However, many modern herbal practitioners still use the remedies from the past. Infusions of the leaves are used to sooth coughs and headache's. Taking a drop of oregano oil on a toothache is a remedy that truly works. Using the pretty pink flowers to make a tea from will calm motion sickness. The nice thing about oregano in ingesting it as either a tea or an infusion is that there are no known side effects. It is one of the few herbs today that are completely safe.
The most often used remedy today however, is still the external uses for oregano (other than culinary). An herbal poultice made with oregano will soothe painful swellings. To make an oregano poultice use fresh oregano. In a blender mix the fresh herb along with a little oil or wheat germ oil. Spread the blend on a piece of cloth or gauze and place directly on the affected area. Since the oil can stain wrap the area with a plastic wrap and leave on for up to 24 hours. To be effective, the poultice needs to be made fresh for each application.
A plaster can also be made by spreading honey on a cloth in a very thin layer and crush the fresh plant sprinkling it onto the honey. The cloth can be taped directly over the affected area for up to 12 hours.
Bright blessings,
Ashira is a Practicing Pagan for over 15 years. Currently she is a featured columnist at http://Asknow.com
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