Oregano

I am thinking of re-planting the row of oregano we have in our small garden. Some of the branches have grown so tall and they need to be trimmed before the rainy months set in for good. They are mixed with a few bulbs of caladium. The latter are now beginning to show new shoots. This is the best time for these caladium plants to be cultivated in areas where there is morning sun. I like them interspersed with the oregano though, they make an interesting sight, pure golden shade of green and the pinkish and white hue of the caladium.

Oregano wine, oregano juice, oregano tea, oregano vinegar. These are the potential products that can be derived from the Philippine oregano. Coleus Aromaticus is the common variety which is usually found in the Philippines. It is not commonly used in cooking but it is considered as a primary medicinal plant for the relief of common coughs. My mom swears by the efficacy of this plant. Every time she has colds and cough, she makes an infusion of the fresh oregano leaves. It has an intense aromatic and slightly bitter taste.

In a study conducted by Dr. Estela Tano of the Dept. of Agriculture, oregano contains carminative, tonic and medicinal properties. Rosmarinic acid compound and thymol found in oregano are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties.

IMGP2390Other species of oregano are used as culinary herb particularly in Greek and Italian cuisine. Pizza is one such dish that is commonly associated with oregano.

Hmm…I am just thinking right now of Viva Italian pizza.

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It's been some years since I started this blog. Supposedly, it was only to share my plight as a cancer patient and survivor but over the years it has somehow evolved into something personal about my life and my family. So really glad to have met you all wonderful people out there. Someone commented once that he liked the title of this blog, Dreams and Escapes. Dream on, there are more things in life than we really think. Be happy, you only live once. Sometimes you also need an escape from the vicissitudes of life and this blog helps me cope. Welcome. Feel free to leave your comments, I do welcome them.

5 responses to “Oregano”

  1. Rosh says :

    Reblogged this on Rose of Sharon Healing and commented:
    Oregano by Arlene at Gardens and Empty Spaces in the Philippines.

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