Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is part of the mint family. One teaspoon grounded up is 5 calories. The pH ranges is between 6.0 and 8.0, mild acidic to highly alkaline. This is one reason Oregano is able to help with digestion and stomach upset. It is able to help dilute the acid in the stomach.
Oregano that is of noteable quality will be numbing to the tongue. Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) oregano has been used for aiding in sore throats and giving short term relief.
Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic. He found other uses for oregano in treating respiratory and stomach conditions.
Evidence-based research has shown that oregano has some antibacterial properties with respiratory, stomach, and other types of conditions. Various types of oregano have been tested and different outcomes in length of relief were noted.
In 2014, the United States Federal Government issued warnings to two essential oil companies with branding of oils, including the use of oregano oil.
One of the biggest ways oregano is used in the United States is in pizza.
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