what are the health benefits of oregano?

Hey everyone! Hope your weekend was fabulous. I had a weekend full of hanging with friends and family. One highlight:

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ladies on the court!

I started playing tennis again! My husband and I played one summer when we lived in Atlanta for a hot minute, and I hadn’t picked up a racket since. I forgot how fun it is! I now plan on playing a lot more…even though the summer temperatures (and disgusting humidity) are setting in!

So today’s post is pretty random but it’s a response to a question from my husband. We were eating dinner one night, I can’t remember what the meal was, but out of the blue he asked “So what DOES oregano do? Is it a healthy spice?”

…and I said to sit back and relax, I’ll do a blog post on it. So to my darling, here’s the answer–

Oregano is good for you!

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What vitamins + minerals are in oregano?

Fiber (who knew?!), iron, vitamin E, manganese, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, and apparently antioxidants.

There are also some studies that find oregano to have antibacterial properties, so that’s always a plus! It could help with the battle against our antibiotic epidemic in the U.S…

There’s also some research suggesting the therapeutic powers of oregano oil, specifically for the cold and flu season. Aside from the sniffles, oregano oil can help with mild skin issues and pesky mosquitoes, but beware–oregano oil is quite potent. You probably need to dilute it for whatever your oregano endeavors are.

Will I focus on adding even more oregano to my diet now that I’ve done this research? No. But I’ll at least feel a little better sprinkling so much into my sauteed zucchini!

Happy Monday! AND CINCO DE MAYO!