While bustling about my kitchen inside my oregano aroma bubble, I wondered what else I might do with the prolific herb. I came up with the following Top Ten list. I would be interested in more ideas, so please feel free to comment and share.
If you would like to purchase fresh, organic dried oregano, I do have plenty!
Top Ten Uses For Oregano
2. Oil of Oregano Site writes that the oil helps to prevent infections and cure skin fungi such as athlete’s foot. It can also help to eliminate lice infestations and intestinal worms. Oil of oregano can be used externally as strong analgesic and anti-rheumatic agent. Diluted oil of oregano can even be applied on a toothache to relieve pain. It is also beneficial for respiratory ailments as oil of oregano is used to treat lung conditions, bronchitis, sinusitis and cold symptoms like cough. It has also been used to induce menstruation during early nineteenth century by physicians.
3. For easy year-round storage, Been There Dug That recommends simply drying oregano. Not only does your herb not go to waste, but it offers a rustic country charm when hanging to dry.
4. Try making an oregano flavored Balsamic vinegar like this tasty variety sold by Virgin and Aged.
5. Oregano and tomatoes: the two most important ingredients in pizza sauce. This homemade pizza sauce by Two Tarts will "knock your socks off."
6. Hub Pages writes that health benefits of Oregano Tea include antioxidants, treatment of mild fevers, coughs, colds, and influenza, indigestion, flatulence, and bloating, menstrual cramps, seasonal allergies, and arthritis. To prepare the tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves or 3 teaspoons of fresh oregano leaves, cover, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink.
7. I can relate to Kristina of A Lovely Morning you writes that "You are often compelled to eat what's knocking down the back door, which forces you to get creative with your meals, instead of eating the same things all the time." She shares her spicy oregano pesto recipe with us.
If you have abundant oregano, Food With Kid Appeal demonstrates how you can freeze your pesto in ice cube trays for convenient future use.
8. I do love soup, especially with our currently shifting hot to cold weather. Verses From My Kitchen offers a delightful Lentil Basil & Oregano Soup recipe.
9. Taralli is a typical Southern Italian crunchy snack, like a bread stick, but formed in the shape of a ring. Wild Greens and Sardines shares a wonderful description of and recipe for this satisfying oregano-flavored snack.
10. Home Matters by Anne Soriano takes a moment to share her popular Oregano Juice recipe with us.