Unusual oregano or oregano
A brief description of oregano.
Oregano is a very famous plant that has a pleasant aroma and healing properties.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant with creeping roots, from which several 4-sided red stems grow every year, up to about eighty centimeters in height.
The leaves are small in size and have an oblong shape in the form of an egg, sharp at the top, the color of the leaves at the top is green, and on the opposite side is pale green, and black dots are also noticeable on the leaves.
It blooms with small flowers, they are usually white in color, their pedicel is small in height. The fruits themselves are red, brown or even black in color, resemble rounded or egg-shaped nuts in shape. Fruit ripening occurs in late summer or early autumn.
This plant mainly grows in the European part of Russia, and is also found in the Urals, the Caucasus, Crimea and other countries. It usually grows in dry floodplain meadows or at the edge of the forest, and you can also find it on the slopes of ravines where bushes grow.
Oregano is planted not only as a plant that then brings a spicy aroma, but also for medicinal effects. Usually, for treatment, they take a part of the oregano that blooms. From above, the stems are cut with a sickle or a sharp knife when it begins to bloom completely.
It is necessary to dry this plant on the street in the shade or in special dryers. After the grass has dried, it must be threshed into bags and wiped on a large sieve, so the flowers and leaves are separated from the stems. We discard the stalks later.
Flowers and leaves of this plant have a pleasant aroma, astringent taste. For further storage, it is necessary to use closed glass containers, preferably. Under such storage conditions, it will retain its properties for a long time, for about 3 years.
The raw materials obtained in this way have a strong aroma, bitter-spicy, slightly astringent taste. It must be stored in well-closed glass jars. Under these conditions, raw materials do not lose their valuable properties for three years.
The use of common oregano.
The preparations in which this wonderful plant is added acts as a sedative and has a good effect on the human nervous system, as well as enhances the peristalsis of the intestines and digestive glands.
The people used oregano for female diseases to stop the blood after giving birth to a baby, so it was used to increase lactation. Therefore, in Ukraine, oregano is called a motherboard.
Usually, this plant is also used for insomnia, who have nervous disorders or who suffer from gastritis. Oregano stimulates the appetite. It is also widely used for bronchitis and other various diseases of the respiratory tract.
Those who suffer from constipation or flatulence, as well as enterocolitis, are prescribed oregano in the form of tea collections.
Together with other plants, oregano is used as a pain reliever. This plant is also part of the diaphoretic and carminative tea. In rare cases, oregano is used as a diuretic.
Essential oil is used to eliminate toothache, and it can also be seen in ointments that act as a pain reliever. Apply it externally. If, for example, you chew and hold fresh oregano flowers in your mouth, the toothache will disappear.
People use this plant in the form of an infusion for headaches, insomnia, as well as if children have rickets. Compresses are made if boils, abscesses or tumors are tormented.
Also, the remedy is used in homeopathy. Essential oils are used in the manufacture of perfumery products. The aboveground part of the oregano can be painted. Oregano fights moths in closets just as well.
To use it as a spice, then take the upper part of the stem along with the leaves and flowers. It is used in the preparation of soups, various sauces, meat main courses, in the production of sausages, and even in the canning of tomatoes and mushrooms.
Some even bake pies with it, while others simply use the leaves in the tea leaves to give it flavor.