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Art of the Day: Monday May 28, 2007

Oregano Leaves

- by Cyra R. Cancel

This week's theme: Herbs

Herbs are such versatile plants. They are cultivated and they grow wild. Herbs are woven into our folklore and our traditions. We use them to heal. Their scents soothe and please. Herbs add flavor to our food and their infinite variety bring beauty to our gardens and to our world.


Art: Oregano Leaves by Artist Cyra R. Cancel
WOW, I STILL HAVE THIS TINY OREGANO WATERCOLOR PAINTING FROM 2006, SO I DECIDED TO PARTICIPATE TOO. ;) I LOVE TO COOK WITH THE OREGANO, BUT LOOK WHAT I FOUND. MEDICINAL USES FOR OREGANO Oregano is usually thought of as a culinary herb, but it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Try a Tea made with Oregano for indigestion, bloating, flatulence, coughs, urinary problems, bronchial problems, headaches, swollen glands, and to promote menstruation. It has also been used in the past to relieve fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice. Unsweetened tea can be used as a gargle or mouthwash. Alternatively, the leaves can be dried, pulverized, and made into capsule form for when it is inconvenient to make a tea. Externally, Oregano leaves can be pounded into a paste (add small amounts of hot water or tea to reach the desired consistency - oatmeal may also be added for consistency purposes). This paste can then be used for pain from rheumatism, swelling, itching, aching muscles, and sores. For tired joints and muscles, put a handful of Oregano leaves in a coffee filter, mesh bag, or cheesecloth bag and run steaming bath water over it. Allow it to steep in the tub with you as you relax in the warm, fragrant water. Lastly, an Oil can be made with Oregano leaves to use for toothache pain. Put a few drops on the affected tooth for relief. Used Line & Wash Technique. High Quality Watercolor and Black Permanent Ink. The sketch was made in a Strathmore Watercolor Paper, 140 lb. Cold press.

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