OREGANO The Cure All for Cough, Colds and the Flu

If you need to have one plant in your home at your disposal, make it oregano! My kids have been sick for a week with cough and colds and slight fever. Choosing not to administer any pharmaceutical drugs, I relied on Lagundi syrup and lots of liquid intake and had them avoid sweets. Oregano syrup is not available in Manila only in Mindanao. As their cough seems to get worse and witnessing their immune system slowly losing the battle, I bought some fresh oregano from the grocery and made my own decoction. Just after one day of taking this wonderful herb, I have not heard anymore hard coughing and stuffy nose from my boys. Bye bye flu!



Here are some instructions for your own decoction:


• Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink half a cup 3 times a day for common colds.
• For a concentrate, juice the oregano leaves and take 1 tablespoon every hour to relieve chronic coughs, rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, and dyspepsia.


And some important facts about this wonder herb:


Oregano (Origanum vulgare)


Oregano (Scientific name: Origanum vulgare) is also known as Wild Marjoram, Mountain Mint, Origanum, Wintersweet and Winter Marjoram. This erectly spreading plant has strong aromatic characteristics, with leaves and stems that are fleshy. The leaves of oregano are heart-shaped, with toothed edges, and which, grow for up to 9 meters in length. In other countries, the plant is primarily used as a culinary ingredient. However, in countries like the Philippines, Oregano is a known herbal medicine for its strong anti-oxidant properties. Oregano contains a rosmarinic acid compound, thymol, and carvacrol that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Oregano also contains flavinoids, triterpenoids, sterols, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Its anti-bacterial properties have been proven by recent studies to treat infections of the reproductive tracts, and which make it ideal to be given to women who have just given birth.


The volatile oils in oregano and its properties are believed to be responsible for slowing the process of spoilage of food and thus minimizing the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria, parasites and fungi.


The anti-oxidant properties of oregano helps fight free radicals in the body that cause cellular damage and accelerate ageing. Free radicals are believed to be involved with many degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis and heart diseases, to name a few.


The most useful parts of this plant are its leaves. The extracts and juices of such are used for asthma, dyspepsia, chronic coughs, bronchitis, and rheumatism. Ear aches have also been proven to be cured by the infusion prepared from its leaves. The leaves relieve painful swellings, boils, and sprains, when their poultices are applied directly to the affected area.


Health Benefits of Oregano:


• Good for cough and cold relief
• Helps prevent degenerative arthritis
• Has Anti-aging properties
• Helps relieve rheumatism and osteoarthritis
• Bronchitis herbal remedy
• Ease asthma attacks
• Relieves upset stomach
• Treatment of urinary tract problems
• Relief for dyspepsia or indigestion
• Healing wounds, insect bites & stings
• Cure for sore throat
• Avoid infections caused by childbirth by taking decoctions of the leaves by the recent mother.
• For general good health


Preparation of Oregano Leaves:


• Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink half a cup 3 times a day for common colds.
• For a concentrate, juice the oregano leaves and take 1 tablespoon every hour to relieve chronic coughs, rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, and dyspepsia.
• For Insect bites, wounds and stings, apply the leaves as a poultice directly on the afflicted area.
• For sore throat, boil 2 tablespoonfuls of dried oregano leaves in a pint of water, take 2 hours before or after meals.
• To prevent degenerative arthritis & for general good health drink oregano decoction daily.


Source: Philippine Herbal Medicine


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18 comments:

Kanchana Rathnayake January 9, 2015 at 12:03 AM  

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Anonymous,  April 2, 2015 at 6:57 AM  

can we also give a teaspoon of oregano every hour on infants?

Wenx April 17, 2015 at 6:29 PM  

Hi please do not give oregano for infants. Just adults. Thanks!

Anonymous,  April 18, 2015 at 5:46 AM  

Hi, when i was a child my lola gave me this oregano whenever i had cough, but i remembered it i was on my elementary days, but now i have a 2yr old son, and i want to give him this oregano, is it safe?

Anonymous,  September 22, 2015 at 3:29 AM  

Infants are not allowed to take vitamin A which oregano has in it...please don't.

Anonymous,  November 1, 2015 at 2:24 AM  

Gave it to my 5yr old boy. Is it ok?

Anonymous,  November 8, 2015 at 10:31 PM  

I'm not aware that infants are not allowed to take vitamin A - http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/S3/S20

Rose Maria November 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM  

A cough is a forced expiration. It is naturally designed to get rid of pus, irritants, and dead cells from the lungs.

You have just had a cold. Using a cough medication to suppress your cough is not the answer. You really need an expectorant. However, expectorants will make you cough but they will clear your lungs.

My recommendation is that you do not take any medications. Here is what you need to do. However, the choice is yours.
earache

Anonymous,  January 4, 2016 at 11:39 AM  

was able to buy oregano plant in Greenhills but it has white lining. does it have the same effect with the all green oregano???

Anonymous,  January 25, 2016 at 8:18 PM  

ano po ba ang mangyayare pag pinainom ng oregano ang baby?kc ang baby ko lagi may ubo at sipon kaya pinaiinom araw araw ng pamangkin ko nag start po sya nong 4 months pa lang sya.please answer po salamat.

Anonymous,  January 25, 2016 at 8:25 PM  

ano po ba ang mangyayare pag pinainom ng oregano ang baby?kc ang baby ko lagi may ubo at sipon kaya pinaiinom araw araw ng pamangkin ko nag start po sya nong 4 months pa lang sya.please answer po salamat.

Bryan Punongbayan March 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM  

Can i give it to my 3month old baby? He's turning 4months on 14..

Avni Deshmukh May 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM  

Thanks for sharing this extremely informative article on cough treatment. I recently read about cough treatment and various other allergies, its preventive measures to control and medication for cough & asthma on breathefree.com. I found it extremely helpful.

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Jed US,  June 25, 2016 at 5:01 PM  

Good day! Pwede ko ba ipainom yan sa 15 mos old? Thank you.

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