The million-dollar question – what’s the name of the secret ingredient?
And the name of the secret ingredient is oregano! Yes, you got that right – oregano! Oregano is a wonderful herb, both to use in your cooking and to use therapeutically as needed.
Cough, Asthma, Bronchitis….
Unfortunately, here are many things that can cause problems for our respiratory organs, such as: allergies, asthma, harmful organisms, and even inhalation of various pollutants. And the most common symptoms and warning signs of respiratory problems are: chest congestion, difficulty breathing and irritated nasal or throat passages, etc.
Nasal congestion and most common causes:
So, what really happens? Well, when pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, fungus, and bacteria are invading your body, it releases a chemical called histamine. This harmful chemical usually causes a reaction similar to allergic reactions — nasal congestion, increased mucous production, and sneezing.
Some of the herbs that contain compounds, which can reduce the histamine, like oregano aid in counteracting histamine and may help reduce these reactions. This is why these herbs are also known by the name histamine-reducing herbs. We can also mention that this amazing herb – oregano, also contains rosmarinic acid. According to a recent study, researchers have discovered that rosmarinic acid reduces fluid buildup and even swelling during an allergy attack, making it a natural histamine-reducing compound.
Oregano reduces cough:
YES, you got that right – oregano reduces cought and it improves your health. A recent study, conducted by group of researchers at the ENT Department at the Israel Institute of Technology Medical Center, has revealed the therapeutic potential for various aromatic herbs, including oregano.
This study has shown that oregano has direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract, coughing reflex and nasal passage airflow. Oregano also contains high amounts of other healthy nutrients, such as: calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and niacin. Although these healthy nutrients and vitamins don’t directly impact upper respiratory problems, all of them are required by the systems within the body, including the immune system. Adequate vitamin and mineral intake is paramount for maintaining a healthy body that can fight off problems, such as upper respiratory issues, before they start.
Oregano – health benefits:
- Cough and cold
- Digestive disorder
- Muscle pain
- Heart conditions
- Heartburn (acid reflux)
- Intestinal parasites
- Repelling insects
- Urinary tract infections
- Menstrual cramps
Oregano tea – RECIPE (against cough, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, rheumatism, infections and other respiratory problems)
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 4-6 tablespoons of dry oregano leaves
- 2-3 cups of water
- A slice of organic lemon to increase bioavailability (optional)
- Organic raw honey to taste (if desired)
It’s very simple – bring water to boil. When it starts to boil, remove it from heat and add the dried oregano leaves. Leave it for 5 minutes and them strain it. Add hone to taste. Drink at least 2 cups a day and get ready for the amazing results.