Oregano is a plant originally cultivated in the Mediterranean regions. It is known for as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments ranging from cough, colds, bronchitis, asthma to the common flu.
In the provinces, it is popularly used as a common household remedy for coughs and known to help with phlegm.
Said to be powerful remedy, oregano can kill most viruses on contact, including the common cold.
It is classified as a powerful immune system stimulant and is said to increase WBC count and lymph flow. These help boost the immune system and help the body build a greater defense versus viruses.
Oregano acts to reduce the severity of the common cold and is said to help eliminate chills, stuffy nose, congestion, cough , ear aches and fevers.
Norman R. Farnsworth, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Chicago reported that, thymol (found in oregano) can be used to help loosen phlegm in the lungs.
Given the current round of viruses going on, I’ ve decided to test this theory out on my kids who’ve coughing with the sound of phlegm in their lungs for the past week.
First, pick a bunch of oregano leaves. In my case there’s a lot of them because 2 of my children are drinking it 3x a day. Soak them in drinking water, change water around 3 x, add a little salt and apple cider vinegar to kill bacteria.
Per child, pick out five leaves. Don’t forget to rinse the leaves in drinking water and to wash your hands carefully. Now, put the leaves in a shallow bowl with 60 ml of hot drinking water for 3 minutes.
Throw out the water after 3 minutes and start squeezing the leaves into a pulp.
Start squeezing the leaves until you get the brownish juices out, each batch of five leaves should give you around 20 ml of water.
Transfer to a small plastic beaker and use a small syringe up dropper to put the oregano water extract in.
Now, put the syringe in your child’s mouth and have him drink it. My Little Prince is drinking this straight without any sugar or flavoring whatsoever.
I find that oregano was helpful in bringing down the extent of the coughs and cold. But nothing beats getting enough rest, vitamin C and fluids.