Oregano, also called wild majoram, is an herb used commonly for culinary purposes but also serve some other medical purposes. The plant grows mainly in western and southwestern regions of Eurasia and the Mediterranean countries. The Oregano has purple or violet colored flowers and olive green leaves shaped like a spade.
In the world of culinary, oregano is very important especially when it comes to spices and flavoring. The leaves of the oregano are the source of these flavors and are better dry than they are fresh. Oregano is an Italian herb, mostly preferred in the southern part of the country. The herb’s taste combines well with spicy foods and is frequently used in fried, roasted or grilled vegetables, fish and meat.
In the world of medicine, oregano is certainly very useful especially it’s oil. Oregano oil is an essential oil which means that it is one of the most important and most needed oils in the body. Vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, calcium, niacin, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, and the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin are just a few of the vitamins and minerals found in oregano oil. All of which are fairly very useful to the body.
Oregano oil has several benefits to the body such as the following:
• helps maintain the immune system and vision of the body
• helps in bone metabolism
• prevents anemia
• helps form DNA and RNA building blocks
• maintains blood pressure
• aids in optimal brain function
• prevents blood clots
Due to the benefits of oregano oil, many are purchasing them in grocery stores and pharmacies. However, if you wish to make your own to ensure the freshest and safest of all oils, here are a few steps on how to make oregano oil:
Things you’ll need:
1. Base oil
2. a pot
3. fresh oregano
4. a glass container or a jar with lid
5. Meat tenderizer or a mortar and pestle or anything you can pound things with
1. Wash your oregano with water and allow them to dry. You may place them on a paper towel or any kind of towel and spread them over for air drying
2. Pound your oregano with a meat tenderizer. If you don’t have one, you may use anything you can use to gently pound your oregano. This is an optional step but I would definitely recommend so you can break through the leaves surfaces faster. Set aside.
3. Heat a cup of your base oil until it is warm. Pour it into a glass container and cover.
4. Place your oregano in the warm oil. Make sure that the oregano is completely submerged in the warm oil to ensure that the oil of oregano is released to the warm oil.
5. Place the oil in your refrigerator for about 2-4 days. I recommend you let it sit in there for about 3 to 4 days above to ensure that the oil of oregano blends well with your base oil.
6. Your oregano oil is now ready to use. You may use it for culinary purposes or massages.