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Oregano

Latin: Origanum vulgare
Macedonian: Planinski chai, Origano
Parts used: Leaves, steams

Preparation of Tea:

Pour 2-3 deciliters of boiling water over a filter-bag in a cup and leave it covered for 5-10 minutes.
Depending of individual taste, sugar or honey, lemon or other fruit juice, citric or tartaric acid, etc., may be added.

Constituents:

In grammes per 100g dry weight:
Water: 7.2, Calories: 306, Protein: 11, Fat: 10.2, Carbohydrate: 64.4, Fibre: 15, Ash: 7.2
In milligrammes per 100g weight:
Calcium: 1576, Phosphorus: 200, Iron: 44, Magnesium: 270, Sodium: 15, Potassium: 1669, Zinc: 4.4, VitaminA: 6903, Thiamine: 0.34, Niacin: 6.2

Medicinal action:

The leaves and flowering stems are strongly antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic.
Oregano has been used as a culinary and medicinal herb for thousands of years. It has a beneficial effect upon the digestive and respiratory systems and is also used to promote menstruation. It should not be used medicinally by pregnant women though it is perfectly safe in small amounts for culinary purposes.
This plant is one of the best natural antiseptics because of its high thymol content.

Use:

Supplemental therapy

The plant is taken internally in the treatment of colds, influenza, mild feverish illnesses, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation. It is strongly sedative and should not be taken in large doses, though mild teas have a soothing effect and aid restful sleep. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women.
Externally, oregano is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, arthritis and muscular pain.

Culinary :

Leaves - raw or cooked as a pot herb. Oregano is an important flavouring herb in Mediterranean cookery, and is often used dried rather than fresh. The leaves are used as a flavouring for salad dressings, vegetables and legumes, and are frequently included in strongly flavoured dishes with chillies, garlic, onions etc. A nutritional analysis is available.
Much of the commercially available dried oregano does not come from this plant but from a number of different, often unrelated plants. These include Lippia graveolens, L. palmeri and Origanum syriacum.

KORO products:

Filter bags 20 x 1.0 g
Kitchen pack 30 g
School & Restaurant pack 1 kg