Oregano is a common ingredient in pizzas and sauces, which is high in Vitamins A, C, and K, and contains iron, calcium, and manganese. Not to be confused with the essential Oregano oil; however, its leaves are used to make Oil of Oregano, a powerful natural antibiotic working against clinical strains of the E. coli bacteria.

It contains two essential plant properties: thymol, which is extracted to produce thyme oil, and carvacrol, which is used to create the essential oil for Oregano. (Again, not to be confused with ‘Oil of Oregano’).

It also helps to ease lung congestion and treats spasmodic coughs, bronchitis, and excess phlegm. It’s rich in rosmarinic acid, which aids in healing bronchial inflammation.

PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine

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