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Benefits of Oregano & Thyme

Did you know that Oregano and Thyme have antibacterial properties? Crazy! As a chef, I’m always amazed to learn when there is a powerful benefit to the simplest ingredients that I’ve been sprinkling on dishes for years. Thyme and oregano both come in many different varietals – some more pungent, some delicate or floral, there are lemony kinds and more earthy kinds. I like to keep a few different varieties growing in my garden together, that way I can select the flavor notes I want or mix them for depth.

Nutrition

Meagan Curell

Why it matters
There are herbs that are used for cooking which have value beyond providing nutrition and making food taste good. Some herbs, like thyme and oregano, are also used for medicinal purposes. Thyme has antibacterial and antifungal properties which speak to its medicinal value. It been used throughout history to prevent poisoning and infection before antibiotics existed. It also provided some protection against spoiled meat and food-borne illness. Oregano in the form of oil has antibacterial functions as well, in addition to antiviral and antifungal properties. Additionally, both thyme and oregano help to protect against free radical damage and prevent inflammation in the body.

Putting into practice
As an antimicrobial, thyme can help protect against a sore throat and prevent food poisoning from contaminated produce. You can wash your produce in a solution using 1% thyme oil to reduce chances of foodborne illness. Carvacrol, present in oil of oregano and thyme oil, can enhance mood and protect against tumor formation.

Take away
Thyme and oregano are simple to grow in a windowsill or porch! Oregano oil is available in concentrated oil form or in a capsule. Both thyme and oregano can easily be incorporate in many different meals.

Tea

Cranberry:

The cranberry is perhaps best known for its role in preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially for those with recurrent infections. The high level of antioxidant proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries helps to stop certain bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls. In this way, the PACs in cranberries help prevent infection. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142.php

Marshmallow root:

If you feel symptoms of tonsillitis, bronchitis, a urinary tract or respiratory infection coming on, take marshmallow root at the first sign of discomfort like swelling, burning and tenderness. It helps speed up the healing process and naturally kills bacteria that can cause various ailments. https://draxe.com/marshmallow-root/

Calendula:

Calendula helps heal minor wounds, cuts, and skin irritations. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds and cuts. As calendula is rich in antiviral and antibacterial properties, it helps fight the infection and heal conjunctivitis. Moreover, being an anti-inflammatory, it soothes eye discomfort and irritation. https://www.verywellhealth.com/health-benefits-of-calendula-4582641

Cranberry & Marshmallow Root Tea

Recipes

Braised Beans with Paprika, Oregano & Feta

Grilled Carrots & Thyme

Braised Chard & Onions with Oregano

Smoked Leg of Lamb with Arugula & Thyme Banga Cauda

Garden Salad with Shaved Cauliflower & Oregano

Braised Beans with Paprika, Oregano & Feta

serves: 10

Grilled Carrots & Thyme

serves: 10

Braised Chard & Onions with Oregano

serves: 10

Smoked Leg of Lamb with Arugula & Thyme Banga Cauda

serves: 10

Garden Salad with Shaved Cauliflower & Oregano

serves: 10