Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a popular flavoring ingredient used in Mexican, Italian and Spanish cuisine. Rosmarinic acid, the active substance present in oregano, is a powerful antioxidant—almost 42 times more than the antioxidants present in apples—that improves immunity.
It also contains beta-caryophyllene, a substance that is known to stop inflammation and could be beneficial for arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the walls of the arteries), osteoporosis and hypertension.[2,3]
Oregano For Bone & Joint Discomfort
Joint pain and stiffness, the two most distressing symptoms of arthritis, can decrease mobility and make life difficult for sufferers.
Oregano oil contains an active compound for carvacrol. Studies have found that carvacrol can reduce joint pain and stiffness that can help ease the discomfort associated with arthritis.[5,6]
How To Take It
- Warm a teaspoon of oregano oil and massage it gently on the joints twice daily to relieve pain and discomfort.
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