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Guest Blogger & Health Coach Donna Zurick Chimes In On Oregano Olive Oil

by Penny WillimannApr 3, 2015In Blog

Olio Oregano Olive Oil- A New Favorite!

I was recently shopping at one of my favorite stores in Old Town Alexandria, Olio.  I love their assortment Fresh Oreganoof olive oils and vinegars.  They really liven up my cooking, and my salads!  During this visit, the Oregano Olive Oil caught my eye.  I hadn’t used it before, and oregano is one of my favorite herbs! 

I love oregano for its fragrant little leaves and pretty purple flowers.  I also love it because even in hot DC summers, I can go out of town or forget to water it, and it still grows easily.  But there is so much more to this little plant.

Oregano is a perennial herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years.  It is used for the flavor in its leaves.  Typically, oregano is found in Italian-American cooking, and goes well with spicy foods.  However, it can also be found in Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek cuisines.

 

Oregano is a rich source of Vitamin K and antioxidants.  It also contains fiber, iron, Vitamin E, calcium and omega fatty acids. 

Oregano has been reported to provide a number of health benefits, including treating respiratory tract disorders, GI disorders, menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, and headaches.   It can be applied to the skin to treat acne, dandruff, warts, as well as to repel insects.

Olio’s Oregano Olive Oil is a great way to add oregano and its fabulous flavor to your diet.  I often use the oil as a base for one of my homemade salad dressings.  However, one of my favorite recipes is oregano pesto, which you can use to top your pizza, pasta, or my favorite, zucchini noodle salad!

Oregano Pesto:

INGREDIENTS:

  •          1 cup of fresh oregano
  •          1 cup of fresh basil
  •          1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  •          1 large garlic clove, peeled
  •          1/4 cup of walnuts
  •          Juice of one lemon
  •          1/3 cup of Olio oregano olive oil
  •          Kosher salt and pepper

 DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients except oil into a food processor or blender, and mix until it resembles a coarse meal.

Slowly pour in olive oil until the mixture is smooth.

 

To learn more about Donna's health & wellness practice, check out her website at www.donnazurick.com.

 

REFERENCES:

Nordqvist, J. (2014, September 5). “What are the health beenfits of oregano?.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from http://medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266259.php

“Oregano.” Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/oregano.

Steinar Dagland, Haruki Senoo, Kenjiro Wake, Kari Holte, and Rune Blomhoff “Several Culicary Herbs are Improtant Sources of Antioxidants.:. J.Nutr. May 1, 2003. Vol.133 no.5 1286-1290.