This is the continuation of The Best Herbal Oils for Hair, Cooking & Aromatherapy. You can read the previous oils featured in the series as well HERE.
The oregano is native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It’s a common herb in the kitchen and is mostly used in cooking Italian dishes like pasta and pizza.
It’s also used to flavour dishes like marinades and dressings. I use it sometimes in my grilled veggie marinades and love its warm and aromatic flavour.
5 Benefits of Oregano for the Human Body
- Oregano contains vitamins A, C and E, niacin, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper and boron.
- It’s loaded with antioxidants that help the body fight off infections.
- It contains the phytochemicals, carvacol and thymol, two powerful antimicrobials.
- It also contains other properties that aid digestion.
- A cross-section of conditions oregano can help protect the body from including the common cold, fatigue, menstrual cramps & PMS, headaches and some allergies.
Oregano Based Spice Rub Recipe
This great mix is rich and gives meats a delicious flavour. I use this rub on my salmon sometimes as it helps to mask the taste of salmon, which I’m not too crazy about.
- 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon of paprika
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Mix this rub with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Rub all over your meat and marinate for up to 2 hours before cooking.
- You can also rub the mix generously on your salmon or other meat and let sit for about 15 minutes before you pan sear or roast.
- Finally, you can create a DIY herbal oil with fresh oregano. You can watch a video on how to do this HERE.
How do you use oregano and oregano herbal oil in your cooking? Did you know it had all these benefits?