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Oregano, an herb with healing power

  1. Oregano is a green herb with a very fine taste. It is native to Northern Europe but has been established in the Mediterranean for at least 2000 years. Oregano is also called wild marjoram. The plants are very similar and taste much the same. In the Netherlands and Belgium this plant can grow excellently in the herb garden.


  1. The medicinal herb oregano Lots of antioxidants Good for colon cancer Mountain joy and wellbeing Wreath of oregano Eau des carmes In the garden Marjoram in green herb salt

The medicinal herb oregano

  1. Oregano was actually an exclusive medicinal herb, but nowadays it is mainly used as a culinary herb. A strong tea was made from the leaves, which was drunk as a cough syrup. It also helps against toothache. It is also a laxative. It stimulates digestion in general and dispels nausea. In Mexico, research has been conducted very recently into oregano as a medicine against infection with the parasite Giardia lamblia. This showed that oregano was more effective against this parasite than the commonly prescribed drug tinidazole.

Lots of antioxidants

  1. Oregano is full of phytonutrients. It contains thymol, an acid that is also found in thyme, and rosmarinic acid, which is of course also in rosemary. These are both substances with an antiseptic effect. It fights harmful bacteria and free radicals. This makes oregano a real boost for your immune system. Antioxidants are in many fruits and vegetables, but compared to an apple the same weight in oregano is 30 times stronger in its antioxidant effect and 20 times as strong as a potato. Its past status as a medicine is fully confirmed by science.

Good for colon cancer

  1. There is a lot of manganese and a lot of vitamin K in oregano. 12 grams of oregano is enough to reach the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin K. It also contains the minerals iron and calcium, contains vitamin E and the amino acid tryptophan. Oregano also contains a large amount of fiber. Products with fiber stimulate the body to produce bile salts, which significantly reduces the risk of colon cancer. Eau des carmes was actually good for the stomach and intestines!

Mountain joy and good luck

  1. Oregano has an invigorating effect. Farmers who used to have to work hard, such as bringing in the harvest, ate a meal that contained oregano to better cope with the work. Mountain climbers used oregano to make exhausting treks bearable. The folk names welghmoet and mountain joy recall those uses.

Wreath of oregano

  1. This medicinal herb was only later called Oregano, which actually means exactly the same as mountain joy. Oregano comes from the Greek. Oros means mountain and ganos means joy. In ancient Greece and the ancient Roman Empire, a newly married couple was given a wreath of oregano. Oregano was fully associated with joy at the time. Thus it became visible to all that they were in a most joyful period of their lives.

Eau des carmes

  1. Marjoram has long been used as a stomach remedy. It was prepared in the Carmelite convent of Paris and was called eau des carmes, Carmelite oil. The monks had a patent on this marjoram oil. They made a lot of money from it. Pharmacists were not allowed to make and sell the drug themselves, because the monastery had the exclusive right to production with the patent. Louis the 16th changed that in 1791. But the patent would remain until the last monk living in the monastery at the time died. This turned out to be visible only 40 years later. 1000 francs is paid to the pharmaceutical college every year because the monks did not want to renounce the patent.

In the garden

  1. The wild Marjoram or oregano is a perennial, but the cultivated kitchen marjoram is an annual plant. The one-year variety is more fragrant. Marjoram is dried so that it can also be used in winter. It grows best in a warm spot in the garden and can be sown in May.

Marjoram in green herb salt

  1. Marjoram or oregano is an excellent spice in green herb salt. Anyone can make this themselves. You dry the leaves of oregano, thyme, lovage, mint, basil, hyssop and savory. You rub the leaves very fine into a powder. You mix this with the salt and put it in a sprinkler. It has a very long shelf life. Oregano is an excellent spice for making herbal oil. You simply let oregano steep in a bottle of olive oil. The flavor of oregano is absorbed by the oil. You can then put this on top of the pizza.

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