OREGANO: “Pizza for Colds”
Colds, Cough Remedy, Diarrhea, Digestive Aid, Flu, Itching, Jaundice, Vomiting
Also Known As: Mexican Wild Sage and Wild Marjoram
To the majority of Americans, oregano is simply the seasoning that goes on top of pizza. There are many uses for oregano. Europeans used oregano like they used marjoram, as an aromatic spice, for digestion, arthritis, cough expectorant, colds, flu, chest decongestant and as a menstruation promoter. Contemporary herbalists use oregano as an expectorant, mild tranquilizer, digestive aid and a menstrual promoter.
For a aromatic, warm and spicy infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water after meals. Steep for 10 minutes and drink no more than 3 cups per day.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
There are more than 40 types of oregano plants. The one recommended with the most flavor is called the O. heracleoticum. It can be propagated from cuttings, seeds or root divisions. Seeds may be slow to germinate. Use soil that is slightly alkaline and well drained. Plant under full sun and harvest when the plants begin to bloom.
Another tasty oregano is the Lippia graveolens. It grows in the South and Southwest outdoors. If grown indoors, lots of sun is required with well drained soil. Harvest when the plant begins to bloom.
Oregano has scientifically never shown to stimulate uterine contractions, but one Oakland, California pizza parlor owner enjoys the local reputation for triggering labor in pregnant women at term. There are no medical reports of oregano causing harm. Use oregano in medicinal amounts and all shall be fine.