Oregano Powder - Usage & Health Benefits
Oregano Powder universally known as the ‘Pizza Herb’ is a spice that belongs to the mint family. It is aromatic and slightly bitter to taste having many uses and benefits, read on to find more...
Uses of Oregano Powder
Oregano extensively used for culinary and medicinal reasons worldwide.
The culinary uses of oregano powder can be attributed to its fragrant, strong flavor. The flavor of the spice is lost during the cooking process, thus it is best if it is added only towards the end. It a staple herb of the Italian-American cuisine, but is also widely used in Turkish, Portuguese, Syrian, Palestinian, Greek, Philippine, Spanish and Latin American food. It is most frequently used with salads, salad dressings, sauces, pizza, roasted/fried/grilled vegetables, meat and fish. It is used in many food preservatives. The powder is also used commercially in many processed foods such as, alcoholic beverages, meat and meat products, condiments and relishes, snack foods and milk products.
Oregano powder has many curative properties but it is also nutrient dense. It is a rich source of iron, manganese and dietary fiber, as well as a good source of calcium, vitamin C, pro-vitamin A (like carotenoids and beta-carotene) and omega-3 fatty acids. It has phytochemicals like thymol and rosmarinic acid that make it a potent antioxidant. It also has aromatic, volatile oils like thymol and carvacrol that not only impart flavor but are antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic in nature. It is used to treat stomach and respiratory ailments.
Oregano oil extracted from the powder is used as a food flavor and also as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents and perfumes. It is also used to control head lice. It can also be used to treat insect bites, external wounds, and cuts.
Health Benefits of Oregano Powder
- Antibacterial in nature – fights Staphylococcus infection
- Anti fungal – especially good to treat candidiasis
- Treats flatulence, bloating, and indigestion
- Enhances saliva secretion and improves digestion
- Treats lung disorders, cold, sore throat, and flu
- Reduces nausea, vomiting, jaundice
- Fights urinary problems
- Treats diarrhea
- Reduces headache, arthritis pain, toothache, etc.
- Helps in the prevention of cancer and heart disease due to antioxidant properties
- Reduces cholesterol levels – especially LDL cholesterol
Oregano powder is also known to have side effects and cause allergic reactions. It is best to take an informed decision on whether to consume oregano therapeutically; our article on Oregano Facts To Eat or Not to Eat would throw light on this matter.
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