You may have seen oregano oil in vitamin or health food stores. There’s a reason people use it as a health supplement: Not only is oregano great for immune support against infections, it’s also dense in antioxidants and has strong anti-bacterial properties. Some farmers use oregano oil as an alternative to antibiotics in animal feeds (NYT article: chicken farms turn to oregano). So to help fight the virulent cold and flu season, try adding some oregano to your life!
Oregano leaves are great when added to oil in salad dressings. Common in Mediterranean cooking, it can be used to season just about anything and adds a wonderful flavor and aroma. You can also use it as a substitute for rosemary or thyme.
- Wait until the end of the cooking process to add oregano so that the antioxidants are preserved from the heat.
- Cut the oregano leaves into pieces to release the oils that contain the powerful antioxidants.
Another simple way I like to enjoy oregano is with oregano tea.
- Use either fresh or dry oregano leaves (though fresh ones are preferable).
- Chop the leaves into small pieces to release the oils.
- Place the leaves in a teapot and fill the pot with boiling water.
- Let it steep for at about 5 minutes.
- You can add honey or lemon for flavor (optional).