In many kitchens, spices are an abundance, but if you took a look at your pantry or spice rack right now, how old are your spices?
According to a report by Taste of Home, ground spices lose flavour quicker than whole spices. The site added whole spices can last four years, ground spice three years, dried herbs three years, spice blends two years and fresh spices (not surprisingly) one week.
Use it to flavor sauces, make herby bread rolls, and in marinades for meat.
People with an allergy to mint should take care when consuming oregano.
Oregano is available fresh, or dried for cooking, and oregano oil can be used to treat infections.
Oregano was used in herbal medicine as long ago as the Ancient Greeks.
Hippocrates used it as an antiseptic.
Possible medicinal uses of oregano include treating respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders.
Applied topically, it may help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff.
He goes on to mention more about the health benefits of oregano.
1) Antibacterial properties
Oregano oil contains an essential compound called carvacrol, which has antimicrobial properties.
The herb has shown antimicrobial activity in a number of studies. One group of researchers found that Origanum vulgare essential oils were effective against 41 strains of the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.
Another team from India and the United Kingdom (U.K.) reported that the essential oil of Himalayan oregano has strong antibacterial properties that may protect against the hospital superbug, MRSA.
“We have done a few preliminary tests and have found that the essential oil from the oregano kills MRSA at a dilution 1 to 1,000. The tests show that the oil kills MRSA both as a liquid and as a vapor and its antimicrobial activity is not diminished by heating in boiling water.”
Prof. Vyv Salisbury, the University of the West of England, Bristol
The project won an award from the United Nations in 2008.
2) Anti-inflammatory properties
Scientists from Germany and Switzerland identified an active ingredient in oregano, known as beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), which may help treat disorders such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. E-BCP is a dietary cannabinoid.
3) Protecting against cancer
Research published in the journal PLoS ONE in 2013 suggested that oregano exhibits anticancer activity. The scientists concluded that Origanum majorana could help prevent and treat breast cancer by slowing or preventing its progression.
In 2014, food scientists discovered that the popular culinary herbs oregano, rosemary, and marjoram contain compounds that may have the potential to manage type 2 diabetes in a similar way to some currently prescribed drugs.
Other possible health benefits
According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, oregano can be used for the following illnesses and conditions:
Oregano essential oil, made from Origanum vulgare or Thymus capitatus, may help with the following problems:
Foot or nail fungus: Put a few drops in water and soak the feet in it, or apply diluted oil topically to the affected area.
Sinus infections and colds: Use a few drops in a steam bath and inhale.
Any essential oil should be diluted before use, either with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, or in water, as for a steam bath.
More research is needed to confirm oregano’s effectiveness as a treatment.
Eating oregano can cause stomach upsets in some people.
In addition, those who are allergic to plants belonging to the Lamiaceae family, which include oregano, basil, lavender, mint, and sage, should be cautious, as they may also develop an allergic reaction to oregano.
Our salt free Mexican Blend is a perfect combination of flavor without the sodium. Use it in any of your favorite Mexican soups, sauces, marinades, brines, or roasts. (For example, instead of adding a combination of spices according to a recipe, simply add the Mexican Blend and your dish is set!) Add a tablespoon to 2 cups of rice or sprinkle over any steamed vegetable for a flavor from south-of-the-border.
This recipe is such an easy one to make and the list of ingredients are simple to find. You can even tweak it with other ingredients you may love. For example, shredded spinach to make a yummy dill spinach dip!
Simply soften 1 block of cream cheese. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt or sour cream works too, and blend until smooth. Hand stir in 1/4 cup of crumbled feta. Add a dash salt and pepper to taste. Finally, flavour with our Dill-icious Dip Mix!
Serve with crackers, veggies or even pita chips! Such a fresh taste and who can’t resist a cream cheese dip….Everyone will enjoy it!
Soften and mash of cream cheese until all of the clumps are gone. Mix in your mayonnaise and greek yogurt so it’s evenly blended and smooth. Stir in the feta cheese. Add a little salt and pepper for flavour. Pour the entire package of the Dill-icious Dip Mix in to the cream cheese mixture and stir until evenly blended. For best results, store in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours before serving. Serve with veggies, crackers, pita chips or even pretzels.
This garlic pepper blend is the perfect combination of garlic and coarse black pepper with the zest of lemon and a touch of onion. It can be used on almost any dish. Whether you sprinkle it on your meat, potatoes, or vegetables…this is a pantry must-have!